Pic Chaussy and Lac Lioson

Yesterday morning I had to deliver some of Judith’s delicious cakes to the newly opened Venus and Rose tea room within the Garden Centre at St Triphon, near Aigle.  The forecast was for light grey clouds and so I decided to go for a walk a short drive up the road from there, from the Col des Mosses.  My thinking was that the clouds would be high in the sky, but as I drove up, it was clear that the clouds were clinging to the tops of the mountains.

Undeterred, I decided to go for it, hoping the clouds would lift by the time I got to the top.  Unfortunately, they stubbornly hung on – at least until I was 20 minutes back down the mountain, when they started to clear…  (I think this is an example of Sod’s Law).

I did however learn from the information board on the summit, that Pic Chaussy (@2,351m or 7,713 ft) along with several other peaks, such as the Oldenhorn, form a natural watershed, where the waters to the north flow into the Rhine and then on to the North Sea, whereas the water falling to the south and west flows into the Rhone, which runs via Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) down through France and into the Mediterranean.  Not a lot of people know that!  🙂

A happy 4th of July to all my American readers… 🎆

 

2 thoughts on “Pic Chaussy and Lac Lioson

  1. Such an incredible alpine adventure, Mike; the vistas are breathtaking, gorgeous photos, and interesting water shed info too. That clump of caterpillars is a really cool find.

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    • Thanks Jet. I was obviously disappointed to miss the view from the top, but it gives me a reason to go back again sometime. 🙂 I was surprised to see those caterpillars so high up. They were at least at 2,300m or 7,500ft. No wonder they were huddling together!

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