Alpinism: Minaret – Rasta Metal (Mont Blanc Massif)

Pascal and I went back to the beautiful Southeast face of Minaret to climb another great route: Rasta Metal. The route is the last one on this wall, on the right of The Rebuffat РMazars and offers sustained climb on a perfect granite. Thanks again to Fred and B̩a for their kindness at the Argentiere hut.

Sunrise on Droites and Aiguille Verte (© P. Gatta)
Sunrise on Droites and Aiguille Verte (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Le Pouce – Voie des Francais (Aiguilles Rouges)

Le Pouce is one of the great peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges Massif. It has an impressive South face with some very good routes. The rough approach and the return along a ridge offers a full mountain experience.

Le Pouce - Voie des Français (© P. Gatta)
Le Pouce – Voie des Français (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille du Refuge – Vive la jeunesse (Mont Blanc Massif)

Vive la jeunesse is a short and convenient route for a half day climb. Perfectly located 20 minutes above the comfortable Argentière hut.
The route offers a mix of cracks, slab and overhangs on a perfect red granite even though I have a preference for Doux Refuge, a bit easier but more pleasant to climb.

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

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Alpinism: Minaret – Voyage en Pierre Sainte (Mont Blanc Massif)

Voyage en Pierre Sainte is a new route, opened by E. Moro and D. Boroch in 2016. Located just right of Versant Satanique, it is very close in style with the two crux pitches on wide cracks, it is a bit harder and a top quality route.

Voyage en Pierre Sainte (© A. Gatta)
Voyage en Pierre Sainte (© A. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Diamant des Flammes de Pierre РLes Flammes du D̩sir (Mont Blanc Massif)

We were excited to go the the great wall of Flammes de Pierre to climb a route that looked promising: Les Flammes du Désir. Unfortunately the weather has been unstable, the schedule from/to Montenvers was a bit tight and the route was far from nice: many cracks were full of grass, many anchors are old or on a single bolt and there are many unpleasant chimney to climb.

Diamant des Flammes de Pierre (© P. Gatta)
Diamant des Flammes de Pierre (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Minaret – Versant Satanique (Mont Blanc Massif)

Versant Satanique in the South face of Minaret is a classic route, offering some unique wide cracks on a perfect red granite.

Preparing the gear for two days in Argentiere (© P. Gatta)
Preparing the gear for two days in Argentiere (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille de la Gli̬re РLes Portes de la Chapelle (Aiguilles Rouges)

The Aiguille de la Glière can be quickly reached from the Index chairlift. Looking for a more sustained climb than the famous South ridge, we chose the Les Portes de la Chapelle, a TD+ route.

Aiguille de la Glière (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille de la Glière (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguilles de Van – Acqua concert (Aiguilles Rouges)

Looking for a short climb between two thunderstorms, we headed to the Aiguilles de Van (Perrons) and climbed Acqua concert. The route is not the best we have done but it is straightforward, easy to find and it’s worth the climb for the stunning views over Mont Blanc on one side and Emosson, Buet, Ruan on the other.

Dramatic sky on the top of Aiguilles de Van (© P. Gatta)
Dramatic sky on the top of Aiguilles de Van (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Perrons de Vallorcine – A Bigger Bang (Aiguilles Rouges)

There are multiple great routes in the Perrons de Vallorcine and A Bigger Bang is definitively one of them with its memorable 7a pitch.

The beautiful 5th pitch of A Bigger Bang (© M. Baduel)
The beautiful 5th pitch of A Bigger Bang (© M. Baduel)

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Alpinism: Aiguille du Midi – Kohlmann route (Mont Blanc Massif)

The Kohlmann route is probably less known than the Rebuffat but as nice in my opinion. It is a short route, easy to find, on good granite with a climb mostly on corners.

Aiguille du Midi and the obvious corner of the Kohlmann (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille du Midi and the obvious corner of the Kohlmann (© P. Gatta)

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