Alpinism: Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l’intégrale (Mont Blanc Massif)

For the first time of the year, I went with Julien to l’Envers des Aiguille to climb Children of the Moon l’intégrale at Aiguille de Roc (Mont Blanc Massif).

Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l'intégrale (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l’intégrale (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille du Chardonnet – Forbes Ridge (Mont Blanc Massif)

Aiguille Chardonnet (3,824m) is a beautiful peak of Mont Blanc Massif and the Arête Forbes (Forbes Ridge, AD, III), probably its most popular route.

Sunrise on Aiguille Chardonnet and the Arête Forbes on the left (© A. Gatta)
Sunrise on Aiguille Chardonnet and the Arête Forbes on the left (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Roi de Siam – Petit Capoussin (Mont Blanc Massif)

Roi de Siam (3,693m) is a relatively small peak surrounded by famous ones like Grand Capucin, Mont Blanc du Tacul… Nevertheless, it offers great routes on a perfect granit such as Petit Capoussin (ED-, 300m, 6b+) that we climbed yesterday with Pascal, Marie No and Matthias. Great conditions, dry route and sunny day.

Roi de Siam, Petit Capoussin, 2nd pitch (© P. Gatta)
Roi de Siam, Petit Capoussin, 2nd pitch (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille du Peigne – Contamine Vaucher (Mont Blanc Massif)

Contamine, Labrunie and Vaucher opened their route on Aiguille du Peigne almost 60 years ago. It is a classic, nice, logical route and despite the reasonable grades (TD, 6a 400m), we ended up with pumped arms.

Summit of Aiguille du Peigne (© P. Gatta)
Summit of Aiguille du Peigne (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Brévent – La Piste Oubliée (Aiguilles Rouges)

The La Piste Oubliée is a nice short route in Brevent (2,525m) with a nice 6b pitch. It is a good alternative to the crowded Frison-Roche (yellow), La Fin de Babylone (red) or Poème à Lou.

Brévent – La Piste Oubliée in green (© P. Gatta)
Brévent – La Piste Oubliée in green (© P. Gatta)

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Trail: Traverse of the Alps completed

We finished the green trail of the Via Alpina in Lenk as planned. Then we had several options to reach Chamonix… and since the weather was really bad we chose to cross Rawilpass to quickly join Sion, then Martigny, Vallorcine and Col des Montets to Chamonix.

Traverse of the Alps - Tre Cime di Lavaredo (© A. Gatta)
Traverse of the Alps – Tre Cime di Lavaredo (© A. Gatta)

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Trail: Traverse of the Alps – 1,200 km and +62,000m

Mid June, Philippe and Anna will start their Traverse of the Alps, a 1,200 km challenge across 7 countries.

Traverse of the Alps (© A. Gatta)
Traverse of the Alps (© A. Gatta)

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Mont Blanc Massif, France (© P. Gatta)
Mont Blanc Massif, France (© P. Gatta)

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Ski-Alpinism: around Aiguille du Chardonnet (Mont Blanc Massif)

There are endless possibilities of ski touring between Argentière and Le Tour, including the famous 2 and 3 cols. This option is a 20 kilometers loop around the Aiguille du Chardonnet.

Aiguille Verte seen from below Col du Passon (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille Verte seen from below Col du Passon (© P. Gatta)

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Ski: around Argentière (Mont Blanc Massif)

Today was a simple day of training around Argentière with a good snow and clear sky.

Glacier d'Argentière (© P. Gatta)
Glacier d’Argentière (© P. Gatta)

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