GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – How’s this for a quick getaway; hop a bus to Veyrier, grab the first gondola up the mountain and catch a flight on Saleve airlines.
The Etrembières based paragliding school joined the Saleve Mountain Bureau, the Saleve Tramway, Horizon Restaurant, the Maison du Saleve cultural centre, Illico Travel, Segwaygeneve, the Geneva South Port Convention Centre and the Annemasse les Voirons Tourism Office on Thursday afternoon for a mountain top exhibition of their respective services.
So I went for a solo parasail… Not quite, but I did get the lowdown on what it takes to get your parawings – about two weeks of flying instruction and 1,200 CHF.
GEX, FRANCE – “Go climb a rock!” That was my brother’s favorite t-shirt when I was 9 years old and he had just returned from a hiking adventure camp in Yosemite National Park in California. That cryptic slogan only began to make sense once I discovered rocks myself some years later.
Since then, there are few places I feel as at home as on top of a mountain, preferably above the tree-line, with a glacial cirque in sight.
This weekend, I made a long awaited trek on my mountain bike up the ski trails around La Fierney in the Jura and found a little piece of home up there.
I followed the signs for the Crozet ski lift in Crozet and continued up the mountain towards the nature reserve, past the right hand turnoff for Gex, until the blacktop runs out at the parking lot.
Just when my legs were getting a good burn on, I veered right from the parking lot, up the dirt road, and then the real pain began. The track is straight and a moderate climb for 1-2 kilometers.