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)
Morning lights on Aiguille Verte and Dru (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille du BelvĂ©dère – 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)
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)
Aiguilles du Diable (© P. Gatta)

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Trail: around Aiguilles Rouges

A bit of “green” today along the Trail des Aiguilles Rouges. Anna and I were alone from BrĂ©vent to Anterne and Salenton, what a place!

Trail around Aiguilles Rouges, Fiz and Anterne in the background  (© P. Gatta)
Trail around Aiguilles Rouges, Fiz and Anterne in the background (© P. Gatta)

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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)
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)
South Face of Grand Combin from Mt Vélan (© P. Gatta)

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Ski: Mont VĂ©lan – Annibal Couloir (Pennine Alps)

Mont VĂ©lan 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)
Mont Vélan and Valsorey Glacier seen from Grand Combin (© P. Gatta)

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Ski: Pointe de la Terrasse (Aiguilles Rouges)

Pointe de la Terrasse is a small peak South of Barrage d’Emosson (Dam). It is a very popular ski tour in spring when the road to Emosson Dam is open. Pointe de la Terrasse is a perfect balcony offering stunning views over the Mont Blanc Massif.

Pointe de la Terrasse. Aiguille Verte in the background (© P. Gatta)
Pointe de la Terrasse. Aiguille Verte in the background (© P. Gatta)

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Climbing: Barberine – Magicien d’Oz (Aiguilles Rouges)

We just climbed a fun and easy route in Barberine: Magicien d’Oz. It is a seven pitches route, all nice and on good rock, thanks to Michel Piola!

Barberine - Magicien d’Oz (© P. Gatta)
Barberine – Magicien d’Oz (© 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)
Haute Route: Matterhorn / Cervin (© P Gatta)

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