Monthly Archives: August 2017

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 – Mazars and offers sustained climb on a perfect granite. Thanks again to Fred and BĂ©a for their kindness at the […]
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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)
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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. […]
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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)
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Alpinism: Diamant des Flammes de Pierre – Les Flammes du DĂ©sir (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 DĂ©sir. 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 […]
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