11, Issue 10
TOUR OF MONT
Cattle above La Peula (Switzerland)
Approaching Col des Posettes
Col de la Seigne (France & Italy)
En route to Col Ferret
Rocks, water, trees on the way to Terrace Canyon
Kristi and Dave bouldering
Group posing on the summit of Turtlehead Peak
Larry and Ross relaxing on Turtlehead
Chris descending a crack on Turtlehead Jr.
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OF MONT BLANC
Report and Photos by Raoul Kennedy
The tour of Mont Blanc is a 105-mile trek
that encircles Mont Blanc (15,700 ft), Western Europe’s highest
peak. It is normally done in 10-12 stages (together or intermittently
and in parts using other forms of transportation) with an accumulated
elevation gain and loss estimated at 33,000 feet. The trek crosses through
three countries (France, Italy and Switzerland), two currencies (The Euro
and the Swiss Franc) and various languages due to its international draw.
I compiled a sketch of each stage from my disorganized chicken-scratch
Note: The word "Col" in French is translated
Day 1–Les Houches to Les Contamines: Bus to the
start at Les Houches. Severe rainstorm, and tragic start: dad slipped
on muddy slope and broke bone in foot; He told me to continue on with
his friends Bonnie and Chris. Confirmed his emergency return home later
Day 2-Les Contamines to Refuge des Mottets. Brutal day;
scariest hike ever for me. Got caught in zero visibility at Col des Fours,
had to use compass to navigate ourselves out. Befriended group of French
hikers there. Next time safer to take Les Chapieux route instead.
Day 3-Refuge de Mottets to Courmayeur, Italy via Col
Checrouit. 15-mile day, entered Italy at Col de la Seigne. Befriended
group of Japanese hikers. Good weather afforded great views of the glaciers
and mountains. Green everywhere. Bon Giorno!–able to communicate
using Spanish. (Editorial note: or possibly Italian? Hmm...)
Cow bells chiming like a concert. Rejoined Chris & Bonnie in Courmayeur.
Dolonne and Courmayeur are unforgettable towns.
Day 4-Courmayeur to La Vachey. Tired today so took rest
(make-up day taken on Day 10). Day hike with Bonnie and Chris. Took in
scenery, beautiful to hear the sing-song Italian of the vacationers and
Day 5-La Vachey to Champex, Switzerland via Col Ferret.
Green green green. Cow bells a’chiming. Spotted a sheep dog bounding
through the grassy hillside above La Peula herding sheep. Swiss chalets
and flowers. Bus from La Fouly to Champex. Packed in bus with group of
French Swiss boy & girl scouts en route. Later that day got a hold
of dad directly in U.S., foot in cast. Break could have been worse; full
recovery expected and talk of returning next year!
Day 6-Champex rest day and side trip to the Orny Glacier.
Ultramarathoners in the North Face Ultra-Trail race started coming through
Champex (mile 75 or so) at 10:04 a.m. The top runners finish the 100 mile
race in less than 24 hours.
Day 7-Champex to Trient via the Fenetre d’Arpette.
Foggy, rocky route; Trient Glacier, hyper-green view of swiss village
Le Peuty below.
Day 8-Trient to Argentiere via Col de Balme. Perfect
weather and no idea the views that awaited me at the Col de Balme 3,000
feet above–the view of the Mont Blanc mountain range to the south
and the valley towards Chamonix below. Lunch at the Refuge at the Col
with Chris and Bonnie. Multi-color overload at the Aiguillette des Posettes!
Day 9-Argentiere and return to Chamonix via the Grand
Balcon (Chalet de Cheserys, Plan Praz). Weather ideal. Could not get enough
of the mountain views to our east all along the route.
Day 10- From Chamonix back to Courmayeur Italy via the
Mont Blanc Tunnel to complete the Courmayeur-La Vachey route via Mont
Saxe with the views extending from Col de la Seigne (France-Italy) to
Col Ferret (Italy-Switzerland)! Cud-chewing cows blocking trail occasionally.
Pungent odor of compost all along trail. Mini-attack of the flying ants
(?) ; caught a cute inchworm inching up my leg during my lunch break at
Tete de la Tranche.
Below Col de Balme
CANYON - JUST FOLLOW THE SHEEP DROPPINGS
Report by Kristi Meyer, Photos
by Chris Meyer
“It should be a great day at Red Rock,” said
the radio weathercaster as Dave Revzin and Dave S. drove to meet Chris
Meyer and me at the Conservation Area’s parking lot. It certainly
was! The skies were incredibly blue and cloudless and the temperature
probably stayed below 90° all day. Some might say it was a little
warm, but the four of us enjoyed a nice breeze now and again and appreciated
the cliff shadow as we scrambled up the various canyons between the Pine
Creek parking lot and our final destination, Terrace Canyon.
Chris led this same wash route back in the spring, but
the water had diminished significantly and the brush had multiplied noticeably
since then, making this a much different trek. Still, he managed to guide
us safely and efficiently. At times we questioned his route finding (like
when we were bushwhacking through chest-high scrub or attempting to mount
one of many 10’ boulder piles), but he kept trudging ahead and we
Along the way, we marveled at the multi-colored, multi-shaped
rocks/boulders and felt dwarfed by the cliffs that surrounded us. It didn’t
take long for us to realize this is a seldom-traveled route. We tangled
ourselves in some gargantuan spider webs and overgrown brush. Seldom traveled
should be clarified, however. People may not make it to these canyons
much, but sheep seem to love the place. We found some cairns here and
there, but mostly we followed the sheep droppings – worked pretty
good as long as you looked where you were putting your hands. Some of
the scrambling maneuvers required a combination of limbs and teamwork
(thanks for the occasional lifts, drags, coaxes and advice, gentlemen).
One of the highlights was a large tarantula resting on
a shaded rock. Dave Revzin got up close and personal with it while the
rest of us respected the creature’s personal space. Dave gave it
a nudge and it gave us a show as it sauntered down the rock. Dave also
displayed his “wild kingdom” prowess when he assumed the push-up
position and lowered himself down so he could get a whiff of some fresh
urine on a rock. He drew in a deep breath and concluded it was very musky
and therefore either from a bobcat or more likely a mountain lion.
We lunched in Terrace Canyon where we discussed taxes
and contemplated the 4-mile descent ahead. About halfway back we started
sharing water since a couple of us hadn’t anticipated such a long
day. We returned to the trailhead around 3:30 where we threw back a couple
nicely chilled Gatorades like we were on the verge of death and said our
A furry friend
Report by Joel Brewster, Photos by Chris Meyer
Although I had previously done two sisters (near Mt.
Charleston) in one day, I had never done two turtles in one day. Our party
of five included fearless leader, Chris Meyer, Larry Dunn, Ross, Peppe
and me. We began on the big turtle, Turtlehead Peak, so as to complete
the most strenuous portion in the cooler morning hours as the day was
predicted to be in the low 90's, unseasonably warm for mid-October.
We took a leisurely exploratory route up to the peak,
veering up to the right and paralleling the summit cliff band before ascending
the steep, easternmost chute. From the top of the chute, it's only about
a quarter of a mile, but we stopped to chat with John "Snafu"
Mueller, who was on his way down, for a few minutes. All in all, it took
us a little less than two hours to reach the summit, and we enjoyed the
always spectacular view as we had a snack (or lunch in Chris' case). We
had a good view of our next objective, Turtlehead Jr. (easy to spot with
its patch of red sandstone at the top), as we surmised that the best route
would be to cut across the desert to it.
Peppe, newly nicknamed "the white-a---d chipmunk,"
led us rapidly down the wash to the spot where we to cut across the desert
for Turtlehead Jr. By the time we reached the base, it was getting quite
hot, and we were beginning to wear down. Larry showed us his cool battle
scar on his knee, a scrape from a rock that looked much worse than it
really was. Soon after we began the class 3 ascent, Ross decided to turn
around and meet us back at the parking lot. At another challenging class
3 spot, Larry decided that he was getting too fatigued to continue. After
we left Larry resting in the shade, Chris, Peppe and I continued on to
the peak with more fun class 3 moves along the way.
The summit is distinctive because of its red sandstone
section at the top with white sandstone below. This was a nostalgic peak
for me because it was the first real hike I did at Red Rock, some eight
or nine years ago. After lunch and photos, we made the quick descent back
to the car, rejoining the other members of our group. The total trip took
about five and a half hours and I, for one, found it to be quite challenging.
Thanks to Chris for leading and providing ice cold Gatorade afterwards!
Larry's battle scar
Wilderness Rock Climbing Inventory
Inventory Technician (2)
Date: Approximately early November
Length: 3 months
$6240 total stipend, and $1250 Americorps Education Award
The US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are working on joint
Wilderness Management Plans for the La Madre, Rainbow Mt, and Mt Charleston
Wilderness Areas. These areas cover approximately 130,000 acres of USFS
& BLM land and run the length of the Spring Mountain range just northeast
of Las Vegas Nevada.
Inventory Technician will assist with this planning effort by working
with the senior field technician to create a complete inventory of rock
climbing routes, bouldering areas, and user created trails accessing these
areas for the 3 wilderness areas.
40% Review climbing guidebooks and enter route information into a database.
Interview local climbers, guides, and clubs to locate lesser known climbing
Ground truth route locations and GPS, photograph, and describe climbing
routes and walls.
Compile all collected data into a database linked to a GIS layer of route
locations. This will include downloading GPS data and digitizing locations
as well as creating a summary report of all climbing routes in the wilderness
Knowledge of rock climbing and ability to recognize and evaluate rock
climbing routes. Familiarities with Microsoft excel & access. Familiar
with or able to quickly learn to use Trimble GPS receivers. Highly organized,
skilled with map & compass orienteering and able to accurately locate
positions on a topographic map. Local knowledge of the Spring Mountains
and rock climbing expertise highly desirable.
Partners: US Forest Service - Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Bureau of Land Management - Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Work will be based out of the NCC office in Las Vegas, Nevada. Field sites
include: La Madre, Rainbow Mt, and Mt. Charleston Wilderness areas. Aprox
130,000 acres including Mt. Charleston and parts of Red Rock NCA within
the Spring Mountains.
Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and references to Adam
Lewandowski at Great Basin Institute, 3838 Raymert Drive,
Suite 402, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
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will be no Club meeting in December. December 9th we will have a
Christmas Party at the Herndon's. Inquire at a meeting for more
details or e-mail us.