Category Archives: Alpinism

Alpinism: Mont Blanc Traverse (Mont Blanc Massif)

Climbing Mont Blanc is always a pleasure. This time, Anna and I made a long traverse from Aiguille du Midi, to the 3 Monts, Dome du Gouter, Aiguille du Gouter followed by a 3,800 meters descent to Les Houches. Sunrise from Col de la Brenva (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Grand Combin (Pennine Alps)

I really enjoyed the Grand Combin; nice mountain, good snow conditions, great views and we were only 3 climbers. South Face of Grand Combin from Mt Vélan (© P. Gatta)
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Ski: Mont VĂ©lan – Annibal Couloir (Pennine Alps)

Mont Vélan is a nice mountain located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Easily accessible from the Great St Bernard Pass, it is a good ski objective. Mont Vélan and Valsorey Glacier seen from Grand Combin (© P. Gatta)
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Ski : Verbier – Zermatt – Haute Route

I wanted to ski the Haute Route for a while from Verbier to Zermatt, skipping the Chamonix part that I already know. Haute Route: Matterhorn / Cervin (© P Gatta)
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Alpinism: Mont Dolent – South Face (Mont Blanc Massif)

Mont Dolent is a 3,820m peak in the Mont Blanc Massif, located at the border between Italy, Switzerland and France. The South Face is a great ski objective. Aiguille de Leschaux and Grandes Jorasses (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguille Verte – Couloir Couturier (Mont Blanc Massif)

The Aiguille Verte is an iconic mountain of the Mont Blanc Massif and it is always a pleasure to climb it. The Couloir Couturier is a classic and this year it has been in good conditions for a while, so Morgan and I decided to climb it up and down as training. The last serac […]
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Alpinism: Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l’intĂ©grale (Mont Blanc Massif)

For the first time of the year, I went with Julien to l’Envers des Aiguille to climb Children of the Moon l’intĂ©grale at Aiguille de Roc (Mont Blanc Massif). Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l’intĂ©grale (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (Mont Blanc Massif)

Yesterday Morgan and I climbed La Dame du Lac at Aiguille du Midi (Mont Blanc Massif), a nice route overall with a very nice first half, especially the second pitch. As often in the Aiguille du Midi, the second half is a bit confusing and we mistakenly climbed some pitches of Quand Yannick s’en mĂŞle. […]
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Alpinism: Aiguille du Chardonnet – Forbes Ridge (Mont Blanc Massif)

Aiguille Chardonnet (3,824m) is a beautiful peak of Mont Blanc Massif and the Arête Forbes (Forbes Ridge, AD, III), probably its most popular route. Sunrise on Aiguille Chardonnet and the Arête Forbes on the left (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Roi de Siam – Petit Capoussin (Mont Blanc Massif)

Roi de Siam (3,693m) is a relatively small peak surrounded by famous ones like Grand Capucin, Mont Blanc du Tacul… Nevertheless, it offers great routes on a perfect granit such as Petit Capoussin (ED-, 300m, 6b+) that we climbed yesterday with Pascal, Marie No and Matthias. Great conditions, dry route and sunny day. Roi de […]
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