Glissando, the Italian word for sliding (on a violin string), used
throughout the Alps for making one's way down a steep snow
slope by 'skiing' on the soles of one's boots.

For mountaineering experts, notice that the alpinist pictured above
isn't using an ice axe, but someting more akin to a heavy crowbar.
That's the staff of honor used by oldtimers when they're out
scouring the crystaline cliffs, looking for hidden caves filled
with clear quartz.

(Photograph was made Tuesday, the 23rd of July, 2002)

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