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2003 -- Champex-lac and nearby hikes -- the Cabane d'Orny
From the village of
Champex (1466m), one can take the télésiege or chairlift up to Grands
Plans (2188m) under the peak of La Breya, and thus get off to a brisk start. Those
of us with chronic vertigo might have preferred to
walk up it, anyway, but after a quarter of an hour breathing deeply, we're ready
to set off on the trail to Orny.
may not find this tangibly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
the top of the télésiége near Champex, La Breya (2188m),
one catches one's breath and gazes in fascination at the path winding upward and
westward high up on the side of the Combe d'Orny. 27 June 2003.
few years ago (i.e., twenty-odd years ago), the narrator and la Mère de Marlowe walked from the village
with gear up into the Combe d'Orny, up the Torrent du Darbellary down to the left,
and camped at about 2320m under the ridge called Sex Vollux, and spent the evening
watching a chamois mom and dad training their children how to jump from crag to
crag across the cliffs. And the next day walked on up past the Cabane d'Orny (2831m)
and the Cabane Trient (3170m) to the Pointe d'Orny (3270m).
June 2003, Kristin in a little hanging valley at about 2400m.
the Glacier d'Orny (in sandals, which left the feet breathe)
with the Aiguilles d'Arpette behind and up to the left.
Glacier d'Orny, with the Cabane d'Orny perched up on the right shoulder above
headlong dash to reach the Cabane, passing other hikers more heavily laden
receding and with its snow cover mostly melted off, the glacier looks a little
like a featherless chicken.
not far from the Cabane, and lunch.
d'Orny at 2826m, with either the Aiguille d'Orny (3150m) or the Pointe d'Orny
(3270m) above to the left. (The Pointe d'Orny is the highest
place the narrator has walked to in Europe.)
back down at the way just come, from the Cabane's front porch, as it were. Note
the hiking trail along the moraine in the centre.
farther up the glacier from the Cabane d'Orny. The Cabane de Trient (3170m) is
hidden just behind that rocky point on the right side of the flat glacier skyline
-- from there the Trient Glacier, or what's left of it, still cascades down the
far side towards Forclaz, as may be seen here.
Kristin checking out the Cabane's menu, probably the first person ever to have
arrived at this front door in sandals.
and iron ibex. (With a nice sauce . . . )
narrator ready to settle down for some lunch.
a lovely lunch, that was. Now it's time to start for home. Goodbye, Iron Ibex.
It's a long way back down for our dinner.
a ride, buddy?"
whoever you are out there on the glacier.
it will be time for dinner.
We must not be late!
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, Dwight Peck at
rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 14 November 2003, revised 31 January