Alpinism: Mont Blanc Traverse (Mont Blanc Massif)

Climbing Mont Blanc is always a pleasure. This time, Anna and I made a long traverse from Aiguille du Midi, to the 3 Monts, Dome du Gouter, Aiguille du Gouter followed by a 3,800 meters descent to Les Houches.

Sunrise from Col de la Brenva (© P. Gatta)
Sunrise from Col de la Brenva (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Grand Combin (Pennine Alps)

I really enjoyed the Grand Combin; nice mountain, good snow conditions, great views and we were only 3 climbers.

South Face of Grand Combin from Mt Vélan (© P. Gatta)
South Face of Grand Combin from Mt Vélan (© P. Gatta)

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Ski: Mont Vélan – Annibal Couloir (Pennine Alps)

Mont Vélan is a nice mountain located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Easily accessible from the Great St Bernard Pass, it is a good ski objective.

Mont Vélan and Valsorey Glacier seen from Grand Combin (© P. Gatta)
Mont Vélan and Valsorey Glacier seen from Grand Combin (© P. Gatta)

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Ski: Pointe de la Terrasse (Aiguilles Rouges)

Pointe de la Terrasse is a small peak South of Barrage d’Emosson (Dam). It is a very popular ski tour in spring when the road to Emosson Dam is open. Pointe de la Terrasse is a perfect balcony offering stunning views over the Mont Blanc Massif.

Pointe de la Terrasse. Aiguille Verte in the background (© P. Gatta)
Pointe de la Terrasse. Aiguille Verte in the background (© P. Gatta)

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Climbing: Barberine – Magicien d’Oz (Aiguilles Rouges)

We just climbed a fun and easy route in Barberine: Magicien d’Oz. It is a seven pitches route, all nice and on good rock, thanks to Michel Piola!

Barberine - Magicien d’Oz (© P. Gatta)
Barberine – Magicien d’Oz (© P. Gatta)

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Ski : Verbier – Zermatt – Haute Route

I wanted to ski the Haute Route for a while from Verbier to Zermatt, skipping the Chamonix part that I already know.

Haute Route: Matterhorn / Cervin (© P. Gatta)
Haute Route: Matterhorn / Cervin (© P Gatta)

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Alpinism: Mont Dolent – South Face (Mont Blanc Massif)

Mont Dolent is a 3,820m peak in the Mont Blanc Massif, located at the border between Italy, Switzerland and France. The South Face is a great ski objective.

Aiguille de Leschaux and Grandes Jorasses (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille de Leschaux and Grandes Jorasses (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille Verte – Couloir Couturier (Mont Blanc Massif)

The Aiguille Verte is an iconic mountain of the Mont Blanc Massif and it is always a pleasure to climb it. The Couloir Couturier is a classic and this year it has been in good conditions for a while, so Morgan and I decided to climb it up and down as training.

The last serac below the top of Aiguille Verte (© P. Gatta)
The last serac below the top of Aiguille Verte (© P. Gatta)

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Via Alpina – Traverse of the Alps (7 countries): story and photos

Here is the story and 30+ photos of our traverse of the Alps along the Via Alpina.

Via Alpina (© Anna Gatta)
Via Alpina (© Anna Gatta)

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Trail: Gorges de l’Ardeche (France)

After a couple of climbing days in Seynes and Russan -a bit too polished, and old style for our taste- we went to the Gorges de l’Ardeche for a great to trail running day. There was too much water to cross Ardeche river, so we had to improvise some off trail sections to complete our planned loop. I am not sure that besides wild boars many have seen the Gorges from that angle but it was fun, the scenery was amazing and we had the place for ourselves

Gorges de l'Ardeche (© A. Gatta)
Gorges de l’Ardeche (© Anna Gatta)

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