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lovely village of Leysin, in the Swiss Alps, sprawls at 1250m-1450m on the flank
of a range of six small limestone peaks. These little peaks are wonderful in all
Leysin Six, from left, La Riondaz, La Berneuse (behind the tree), the Tour d'Aï
and Tour de Mayen in the center, the long hump of the Truex, and the Tour de Famelon
on the right.
very most fabulous collection of local mountains anywhere, 7km across from left
to right. The Tour de Mayen is at the centre on the horizon.
Tours d'Aï and Mayen from La Forclaz to their southeast
The Tour de Mayen (2326m)
in summer, 1979, with the yellow-trail road contouring across the bottom and the
red trail from the Berneuse snaking down from the upper left. The Diamond is the
lower, rightward cliff off the Plan de Mayen.
Diamond and the top of Tour de Mayen, 1980. Indifferent success on cross-country
skis, up at the top, but we got back down okay.
parts of Tour de Mayen, 1980. Cross-country skis are still to be dissuaded.
last bits to the top of Tour de Mayen, 2326m high. The present narrator, once
upon a time, used to run up here from Leysin village in 56 minutes or so in the
late 1980s and early '90s, a gain of some 900 vertical metres, but sort of scrambled
deliriously through this part of it. And down again in a bone-jarring 34 minutes,
and thus has trouble walking now. But it was worth it.
then-dentist John and fellow ACS librarian Cathy dashing up the chain near the
top of Tour de Mayen, 1980. [John and his daughter were just back for a brief
visit from Australia, July 2007, very happy occasion.]
Tour de Mayen from the top of the Combe de Bryon, with Plan de Mayen on the left
and the Truex on the right.
C Peck, in the days before he could afford proper mountain clothing or a haircut,
kneels on the Truex summit in front of the sort of grim Tour de Mayen, 1980.
Tour de Mayen in autumn, gone all brown. (Mr Peck and Mr Larry Ware went up there
on crosscountry skis one blustery day in 1985 and had more fun going up than coming
down. In the absence of a real rope, Mr Peck belayed Mr Ware on an avalanche cord.)
shot a few years later, in a different season. Can you spot any other differences?
Signs of progress or development, or industrial decay, or anything at all. Nope,
there isn't any.
route up to the Tour de Mayen by the Lac de Segray, in about 1980
And the same mountain,
from Dessus Corbex above the Combe de Bryon, a stormy early evening in 1980; the
Lac de Segray in the notch on the right.
Tour de Mayen looking pretty inhospitable, on another rather stormy early evening,
1984. Didn't make it to the top this time but had fun anyway.
the Tour de Mayen in better weather, from behind the Tour d'Aļ.
de Mayen from the top of the Tour d'Aï, ca. 1980. The normal hiking path
can be seen winding up from under the cliffs on the lower right up through the
obvious cleft left of center in the top rockband. The one with the chain laid
farm and buvette near Lac de Mayen, 1979.
de Mayen and the buvette, farm, and top of the skilifts, Leysin down to the right,
1980 or so.
Tour de Mayen and Tour d'Aï from the valley of the Hongrin on the far side
of the mountains, to the north. July 2006.
part way up the path from Ayerne in the Hongrin valley military ground to the
Leysin range from the far side: Famelon on the left, Truex across the middle,
Mayen, and Aï. July 2006.
Tour de Mayen (left) and Plan de Mayen, the Diamond face (right), from downtown
Leysin Tours from the village of Vers l'Eglise, August 2005. Index
of Leysin local mountain photos
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
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