Monthly Archives: February 2011

Trail: Pont du Cians – Col Mairola – Lieuche

Anna and I went to the Cians for a nice trail running of 31 km and 2150 meters of ascent. The trail starts at Pont du Cians and makes a loop around the Gorges InfĂ©rieures du Cians and crossing three small villages: Rigaud, Lieuche and ThiĂ©ry. There was some snow between Col de Barbenière and […]
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Climbing: Marches du Palais – L’homme faible du moment

With all the recent rain, there still not so many choices for rock climbing so we went back to the Marches du Palais close to La Turbie. I did L’homme faible du moment, 7c+ with a new Beta at the end. Anna is too short for this beta so she has to do a big […]
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Expedition: Kangchenjunga (8586m)

In 6 weeks Philippe Gatta, Ludovic Challeat, Alexia Zuberer, Régine Tornay, Benoit Rosset, Jean-Marc Wojcik, Cédric Hahlen, Gorgan Wildberger and Pemba Sherpa will leave for the Kangchenjunga (8586m), the third highest mountain on the Earth. Kangchenjunga (© P. Gatta)
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Ski touring: Mont Demant

Bad weather, bad snow, bad choice is how I would summarize this day. It was my fault though, the forecast was not encouraging but I wanted to give it a chance anyway. I went up to the Gorges du Cians and started skiing from Beuil (1450 m) on a thin layer of snow, with the […]
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Climbing: Petit Palais – Quel trip te guette ?

Last Saturday we went back to the cliff of Petit Palais, near la Turbie. After the heavy rain of last week, many routes were wet but we still had a nice climbing day. I sent “Quel trip te guette” (7c+) probably the nicest route of the cliff and “Le retour de Mö” (7c/7c+) which is […]
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Trail: St Jean la Riviere – La Tour – L’Engarvin

If you are looking for a technical Trail with lots of ascents and descents, there are mainy choices within one hour drive from Nice. Sunday I made one that is a perfect training and test for an Ultra endurance race. It crossed 3 valleys: VĂ©subie, TinĂ©e and Paillon, 5 passes (Cols) for a total of […]
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Climbing: Peillon Cave

Saturday we went back to Peillon’s cave for the first time since spring last year. After the heavy rain of this winter many routes are still wet but there’s still enough to do. I made a desperate attempt in Le Souffle du Vizir (8b+) which is a combination of A bout de Souffle (8b) and […]
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Alpinism: Mont Neiglier – Garriou Pippolini

The “Garriou – Pippolini” is a really nice route in the East face of Mont Neiglier (2786 m). The face is 700 meters high with a series of snow Couloir and 4 ice falls (85° maximum). Anna and I climbed the route in 3h30 which was in good conditions despite the rather warm temperatures. The […]
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