Category Archives: Alpinism

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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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 Belv̩d̬re 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 Glière – 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 Béa 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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