Monthly Archives: July 2017

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)
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Alpinism: Aiguille de la Glière – Les 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)
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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 […]
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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)
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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)
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Alpinism: Aiguilles Crochues – Ravanel route (Aiguilles Rouges)

We did another fun climb in Aiguilles Rouges: the Ravanel route in the South summit of Aiguilles Crochues. 15 pitches/400 meters easy and very scenic, relaxing after the crimps of Aiguille du Belvédère. Morning lights on Aiguille Verte and Dru (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguille du Belvédère – Mariage de la terre et du vent (Aiguilles Rouges)

Aiguille du Belvédère (2,965m) is a peak in the Aiguilles Rouges massif. The 300 meters of its Southeast face are steep, compact and home of half a dozen of difficult routes. On the way to the Aiguille du Belvédère (© A. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguilles du Diable Traverse (Mont Blanc Massif)

The excellent conditions and weather yesterday was worth waiting for to climb the classic traverse of Aiguilles du Diable (Mont Blanc Massif) with Morgan Baduel. Aiguilles du Diable (© P. Gatta)
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