Weekend Wandering (non-VC content)

Summer is late this year and snow continues to pester the alpine.  Still, a desire to hike up a nearby peak and traverse the ridge was reason enough for a few Alpine Club members to get together.  Hope you enjoy these pictures of our outing, taken by Karine visiting from the Czech Republic.

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

Weekend Wandering            (non-VC content)

S = Start, F = Finish, B = Bear!!
WOW Dean, how high is that peak? I'm envious as I am
07/10/2012 - 11:13
stuck with a broken foot with no real outdorr activity possible crying
OMG!
07/10/2012 - 17:51
What happened Alex...skiing??  FWIW, that peak was a mere 2200m and is known locally as Close-To mountain, as in close to town, close to the road, and close to the ground wink.
Oh no!!
07/10/2012 - 18:02
But you're young and will recover completely. Do you think that would have happened had you come to Paris??  laughdevilfrown Take care of yourself. A speedy recovery, mon ami, Joseph
nothing serious I just forget sometimes that I'm not 20 anymore :-)
07/10/2012 - 19:18
3 more weeks and can get rid of the cast cheeky
"Get well soon!"
07/10/2012 - 23:55
So sorry to hear that you are not well, Alex. How could you forget that you're nolonger 20?surprise I'm just wondering if you continued with the high-wire act and lost concentration?...?... I've every confidence that Emilie, and other staff members, will look after you during this difficult period. Cancel the ballroom dancing classes, you can catch-up later!!smiley All the very best for a speedy recovery. Tony
all the best, buddy! get better soon (nt)
07/11/2012 - 12:05
yes
so much for wishing that you....
07/10/2012 - 19:18
wear your watches in the best of health! :-) Have a speedy recovery, Alex. Bill
Safe to say...
07/10/2012 - 19:50
...that since it was your foot and not your hand, no watches were harmed?  Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Alex.  Robert
Karine get's focused and produces some beautiful results...
07/10/2012 - 23:44
Dean, Another adventure with the Alpine Club Members! Thanks for sharing the experienceyes Great viewing... Tony
Beautiful country Dean! I was wondering by the map if taking
07/11/2012 - 03:10
the river might have been a little faster ;0). Best, Tim
LOL, why didn't we think of that! nt
07/11/2012 - 23:06
nt
Re: Weekend Wandering (non-VC content)
07/11/2012 - 16:19
Very nice climb, Dean. The scenery isbreathtaking! Where's the bear?? JB
Re: Re: Weekend Wandering (non-VC content)
07/11/2012 - 23:09
We spotted a small black bear on the col where we intended to descend.  It saw/heard us and headed downhill, and we followed at a respectful distance.  Too far away for a picture unfortunately.
More non-VC content
07/13/2012 - 18:09
Dinners, luncheons, operas; all very enjoyable human interest reading and part of the Lounge's great attraction.  Not to tread on some great threads going on right now, I thought to sneak in a rather dramatic event that occurred just yesterday... I live in a highrise condo overlooking the river valley and our downtown core, which is spanned by many bridges.  Every morning and evening, during the rush hours, you can see traffic surging one direction, then the other, like arterial blood flowing to and from the heart of the city. Yesterday morning something didn't seem right.  The highest bridge, 50 meters above the water, was eerily still.  Suspecting some dolt had wedged a semi-trailer across the entrance, I trained my telescope over and scanned the length of the bridge.  Instead, I found myself in the middle of a life-and-death drama! A youngish-looking male was standing on the outside of the railing, facing the water with arms outstretched like a scene from the Titanic surprise.  Perhaps 5 meters on either side were several police officers, obviously wary to approach too close and force the situation.  The man was highly animated (not a good sign) and would alternate between leaning outwards and holding on to the railing.  There appeared to be a lead officer who also gestured while the others stood in reserve. Checking back frequently, I followed developments over the next few hours.  At one point a police officer removed his belt, taking care to hide his movements from the jumper.  Another officer took the other end and I surmised they may try to surprise the man and snare him with the belt.  Apparently they thought better of the plan and nothing developed.  Very wise, IMHO, as time is your ally in these situations and there is no need to force the issue. Next, a lone minivan drove into the scene, obviously not a police vehicle.  An officer crept along the off-side as the van stopped in front of the man.  This was probably a family member, brought in to restore calm and provide some motivation for the distraught man to continue living.  Likely his mother, or brother...someone not intimate with the actual conflict that started this drama. Staying within the safety of the van, the occupant(s) kept up a dialogue while I noticed the police officers on each side slowly, steadily inching closer until they halved the gap previously maintained.  It was remarkable how their body language, even as seen through a telescope, remained calm and non-threatening although their anxiety must have been tremendously high. After perhaps another hour of cajoling, you could see that both sides were relaxing and something positive had occurred.  Soon enough the man climbed back over the railing and into the care of the officers.  Within minutes the scene was wiped clean and traffic was flowing as if nothing had happened...just another day in the city.
you really have a dramatic pen (or keyboard in this instance) thank
07/13/2012 - 18:37
God the poor fellow did not jump to his doom. What a story!
Dean reports a drama on his doorstep (well almost!)...
07/13/2012 - 19:26
It's clear, Dean, you don't have to climb mountains to get us on the edge of our seatssad Hopefully, circumstances will allow you to have a restful and peaceful weekend - I'II keep a watch-out just incase you get upto something!!smiley Best wishes and thanks. Tony
Wow, Dean!
07/13/2012 - 19:23
You don't even need to leave your house, say to go mountain climbing for instance, for a little adventure.  Glad things seem to have turned out ok.  Best, Robert