We live in Switzerland, so we have mountains and every town seems to have a local mountain. In my back yard I have a whole range of mountains, the first chain of the Jura mountains, there are seven chains all together, the last being just before the town of Basel. We live in Kanton Solothurn where the first is. And so last year we decided to visit our local house mountain, the Weissenstein. We had not been up there for a few years, and it is really only a 15 minute ride by car to the gondola station. It used to be a chair lift, but it was so old there were no spare parts left if something went wrong, so we now have a completely new construction. It is all very modern and we sat comfortably in our cabin and saw the mechanics of the whole thing with a view 1,200 meters below in the background.
As we were ascending we saw the others that were descending.