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of the Jura, 2003-2004
Winter Sport for all members of the family
(except the small ones)
they're all still there, and here are some new ones
serious preliminary cataloging of Jura holes took place in 2001 and 2002, but
bad habits linger on and there's no shortage of new limestone holes and chimneys
in the Jura to keep folks on their toes.
a nasty surprise just below the Chalet du Mont Tendre, nicely wired off, 16 November
the cows fail to notice that it's there until too late.
December 2003, Dr Pirri makes his way back to the longitudinal hole near the farm
of Petit Cunay.
gazing into the abyss, Bois de la Sauge, 1 January 2004
Pirri finds a nice thought-provoking one alongside the trail off the NE end of
Le Noirmont, 15 February 2004.
Pirri? Curb your enthusiasm....
Pirri dives into a little one, lost near the Cabane du Carroz, 22 February 2004
search for Jura holes continues
people become obsessed with Jura holes
Kristin (above), come all the way from Boston, USA, to see for herself some of
these famous karstic conversation-pieces. Here she's seen charging down into the
Creux d'Enfer du Petit Cunay. 25 April 2004.
convinced of the karstic glories of the Creux d'Enfer itself, Kristin trudges
up out of the Hell Hollow to find the big thing out on the Petit Cunay meadows.
displays patience, 25 April 2004, whilst her photographer pauses for a wee and
points the way forward over the horizon.
darts over the headland of Petit Cunay in a rush to see the big limestone thing
out on the south side of the meadow (1522m).
instincts for Jura holes improving with every visit, senses an anomaly and tests
with a skipole before stepping forward.
Good job she did, too.
the big karst thing . . . let's just lean over here for a better look down into
its tenebrous depths . . .
recovered from her brief gravity-driven adventure, Kristin prepares to move on
down through the forest, 25 April 2004.
without checking out a few more nasty gateways to hell on the way back down the
hill towards the car. And then back to Boston for a while.
last run round the block, May 2004, as the snow goes off to wherever it goes for
J. J. Pirri larking about and plunging into small holes in the landscape on the
northest side of Mont de Bière Devant, 1 May 2004. You'd think he'd know
better by now.
Choice, or "Buridain's Ass", on the northeast side of Mont de Bière
Devant, 1 May 2004 -- you can go left, or you can go right, but you're still probably
going to go south.
May 2004, lots of the snow has gone downhill. We'll check out a few of our old
favorites up here in the Creux d'Enfer du Petit Cunay, 2 May 2004.
A pleasant clearing, with (from this side) a nice little tree in it.
(from closer on) not such a nice little tree, after all.
is the one with the bedspring thrown down in there to keep visitors out.
all over the place. What's the way out of this late springtime labyrinth?
not this way!!!
not this way.
pile of big rocks near the Pré de St Livre, to keep the cows out.
exposed hole on the southwest end of the Mont Tendre ridge, near La Pivette cabin.
15 May 2004.
Creux d'Enfer near Grand Cunay
past several years we've been wandering all about the various creux d'enfer of
the Jura taking wintry photographs. Let's pause for a moment and view one of the
creux in summer, or near-summer, 31 May 2004, when it's not all hidden under the
is the Creux d'Enfer just south of Grand Cunay and just north of the Monts de
Bière. A very hobbity looking place, this is.
Not so bad when the snow's gone, anyway.
is all much less frightful looking in the winter. We'll come back when the snow's
next? The holes of 2005.
Pirri nearly plummets out of site in the forest of Grande Rolat, January 2005.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 23 February 2004, revised 29 September 2008.