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K2 8,611m (¬© P. Gatta)
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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)
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)
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. End of approach in dotted line (¬© P. Gatta)
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)
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)
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)
The Argentiere glacier is really a great place for ski touring, especially with 25cm of fresh snow.
Skiers close to Les Courtes (¬© P. Gatta)
The Northeast face of Les Courtes (3,856m) in a great classic climb around Argeni√®re, Mont Blanc Massif.
Grandes Jorasses, Rochefort, Geant, Mont Blanc from Les Courtes (¬© P. Gatta)
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)