I'm on a Swiss kezboard. Please excuse the tzpos.
Trip Start May 25, 2007
73Trip End Oct 29, 2007
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Aside from the constant cloud, there were several things that one couldn't fail to notice:
One, the cows. Or more specifically, the cow bells. Those lazy looking bovines were really the only wildlife anywhere, and they all had on these huge bells that could be heard from a long way away. Even when you couldn't see anything or anyone, you could hear the cow bells. Christopher Walken would be ecstatic.
2) The only other wildlife around were the same brown slugs I saw in France, and these little black gecko looking salamanders. Unlike the geckos, though, they were really slow and easy to catch. Funny difference between hiking in the Alps vs. the Rockies: In the Rockies you have to be watchful for elk, bears, and mountain sheep. In the Alps, just try not to slip on the slugs.
C) The trail was steep. Really steep. I mean whoever picked this trail pretty much forgot about using switchbacks to make it more manageable...they pretty much went straight up. Needless to say, it was slow going.
IV) Finally, the weather didn't co-operate, and we couldn't see anything. I mean not a damn thing past 30 feet in front of us. For a while the rain gave way to hail, but as we ascended we were just in the middle of an ice cloud. Martine, from Texas (now of L.A.), was not impressed. Not too many ice clouds in Houston, you see.
By the time we neared the top, it was clear (pun intended) that the clouds weren't going to break, and the fabulous views the postcards promised were not going to be ours
As 5 of us took the cable car down, James, the looney from B.C., decided to run down. We had climbed for 5 hours and gone up 1700 meters. He made it down in an hour. Three days later, his ankle was still bothering him. Hmmmm....
As we stopped for groceries on the way down, Grant found out that you can't really just buy one clove of garlic. We all thought that was really funny.
Since you asked, yes, we did make use of the hot tub after the climb. For about 2 hours. We were cold and tired...what did expect us to do?
The evening concluded with beer, scrabble, and the most intense game of Jenga you have ever seen. We had people from other tables watching us. I pulled off a move that was said to be impossible. I lost the game, but everyone was still impressed.
But as much fun as today was, tomorrow would get even better...