K2 Expedition (8,611m)

We should get our climbing permit in a day or so… and then leave for K2! Expedition news and photos will be posted on Philippe’s facebook page, just like the page if you would like to get them in your news feed.

K2 8,611m (© P. Gatta)
K2 8,611m (© P. Gatta)

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Mont Blanc Traverse

It is always a pleasure to climb Mont Blanc, and having the chance to be alone on the top with a perfect weather is quite amazing.

Mont Blanc seen from Dome du Gouter (© P. Gatta)
Mont Blanc seen from Dome du Gouter (© P. Gatta)

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Mont Blanc du Tacul – Couloir Macho

After the ascent of the Goulotte Bodin Afanasieff yesterday and a night in the Cosmique hut, Alex, Frederic and I left for the Couloir Macho on Mont Blanc du Tacul.

Mont Blanc du Tacul - Couloir Macho (© P. Gatta)
Mont Blanc du Tacul РCouloir Macho (© P. Gatta)

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Mont Blanc du Tacul – Goulotte Bodin Afanasieff

The Bodin Afanasieff gully is an obvious route well visible from Les Houches. The route follows a 600 meters gully in the Northwest rocky face of Mont Blanc du Tacul.

Mont Blanc du Tacul - Goulotte Bodin Afanasieff (© P. Gatta)
Mont Blanc du Tacul РGoulotte Bodin Afanasieff. End of approach in dotted line (© P. Gatta)

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Triangle du Tacul – Contamine-Negri

Taking advantage of the good weather, I went out training on Triangle du Tacul (3,970m), climbing the Contamine-Negri route and continued to the Mont Blanc du Tacul (4,248m).

Serac on top of Gervasutti couloir (© P. Gatta)
Serac on top of Gervasutti couloir (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Pointes Lachenal – Contamine

There are some really nice routes in the Pointes Lachenal (3,613m). After Harold et Maud, L’Or√©e du Bois, Pascal and I climbed the Contamine yesterday (the driest on the face), another great climb.

Pointes Lachenal - Contamine route (© P. Gatta)
Pointes Lachenal РContamine route (© P. Gatta)

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Climbing in Kalymnos

Kalymnos is one of the best climbing places on the planet. With 1,700 routes spread out in 65 sectors, the sun, the sea, the scenery and its special atmosphere, no wonder why is a climber paradise.

Grande Grotta, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)
Grande Grotta, Kalymnos (© P. Gatta)

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Ski: Grands Montets toward Col des Courtes

The Argentiere glacier is really a great place for ski touring, especially with 25cm of fresh snow.

Skiers close to Les Courtes (© P. Gatta)
Skiers close to Les Courtes (© P. Gatta)

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Les Courtes (3,856m) – Northeast Face

The Northeast face of Les Courtes (3,856m) in a great classic climb around Argenière, Mont Blanc Massif.

Grandes Jorasses, Rochefort, Geant, Mont Blanc from Les Courtes (© P. Gatta)
Grandes Jorasses, Rochefort, Geant, Mont Blanc from Les Courtes (© P. Gatta)

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Ski: Grands Montets – Le Tour (3 Cols)

This is the high season for ski touring in the Mont Blanc Massif and the Grands Montets are busy with skiers going in every directions. I chose a classic; Grands Montets to Le Tour via the 3 Cols.

North Face of Chardonnet (© P. Gatta)
North Face of Chardonnet (© P. Gatta)

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