Author Archives: Phil

Alpinism and Trail running around Cervinia

Fun weekend with Anna in Italy; we climbed Breithorn the fist day and ran around Valtournenche and Cervinia the second day. A good combo of 40km and +2200m in a very scenic place. Matterhorn seen from Breithorn (© A. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguille de Bionnassay – South Ridge (Mont Blanc Massif)

Nice climb of Aiguille de Bionnassay with Morgan yesterday. The ridge was a bit icy but overall the conditions were good for the season and it is really an excellent route. View from Aiguille de Bionnassay (© P. Gatta)
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Trail: Buet Traverse (Aiguilles Rouges)

The Mont Buet is one of the best viewpoint in the valley and for those looking for a scenic and challenging trail, the North South traverse is a good choice. North ridge of Mont Buet (© P. Gatta)
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Summer hikes and trails

Lucky with the weather, I had a busy summer leading clients in the Massif. It is now time to sort out the photos, walk less and run more… ;-) Glaciers, Mont-Blanc Massif (¬© P. Gatta)
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Trail: around Tete des Fours (Mont-Blanc Massif)

Long day in the hill today leading clients in the Southeastern part of Mont-Blanc Massif. We have been rewarded with amazing colors and views. Jovet Lake (© P. Gatta)
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Alpi-Trail: Crochues Traverse (Aiguilles Rouges)

The Crochues Traverse is one of the most classic scrambling of the Aiguilles Rouges. After a quick climb, we switched to trail running to Col des Montets and Argentière, enjoying a full day outdoor. View from the top of Aiguilles Crochues (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguille du Belvédère РBaisers Orageux (Aiguilles Rouges)

Last year Anna and I climbed Mariage de la terre et du vent at Aiguille du Belvédère and we enjoyed it. This year we are back there to try another Michel Piola’s route; Baisers Orageux. Anna at the top of 3rd pitch Baisers Orageux (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguille de l’M – Eperon NNE (Mont Blanc Massif)

The North-Northest spur of Aiguille de l’M is a classic route opened in 1945. It is a fun climb on a good granite and the Aiguille de l’M offers amazing views over Chamonix Aiguilles. View from Aiguille de l’M (¬© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Chapelle de la Gli√®re ‚Äď South Ridge (Aiguilles Rouges)

The South Ridge of the Chapelle de la Glière is a fun and classic route of the Aiguilles Rouges. Rasor pitch, Chapelle de la Glière (© P. Gatta)
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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 B√©a for their kindness at the […]
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