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)
Aiguille de Leschaux and Grandes Jorasses (© P. Gatta)

Read More »

Posted in Alpinism, Ski touring | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

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 below the top of Aiguille Verte (© P. Gatta)
The last serac below the top of Aiguille Verte (© P. Gatta)

Read More »

Posted in Alpinism | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

Via Alpina – Traverse of the Alps (7 countries): story and photos

Here is the story and 30+ photos of our traverse of the Alps along the Via Alpina.

Via Alpina (© Anna Gatta)
Via Alpina (© Anna Gatta)

Posted in Trail | Tagged , , , | Comments closed

Trail: Gorges de l’Ardeche (France)

After a couple of climbing days in Seynes and Russan -a bit too polished, and old style for our taste- we went to the Gorges de l’Ardeche for a great to trail running day. There was too much water to cross Ardeche river, so we had to improvise some off trail sections to complete our planned loop. I am not sure that besides wild boars many have seen the Gorges from that angle but it was fun, the scenery was amazing and we had the place for ourselves

Gorges de l'Ardeche (© A. Gatta)
Gorges de l’Ardeche (© Anna Gatta)

Read More »

Posted in Trail | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments closed

Via Alpina: Traverse of the Alps in Wider Magazine

Check out the story and photos of our traverse of the Alps in the latest issue of Wider, the Outdoor magazine.

Via Alpina (© Wider)
Via Alpina (© Wider)

Posted in Trail | Tagged , | Comments closed

Alpinism: Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l’intégrale (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’intégrale at Aiguille de Roc (Mont Blanc Massif).

Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l'intégrale (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille de Roc – Children of the Moon l’intégrale (© P. Gatta)

Read More »

Posted in Alpinism | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

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 mêle.

Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (© M. Baduel)
Aiguille du Midi – La Dame du Lac (© M. Baduel)

Read More »

Posted in Alpinism | Tagged , , | Comments closed

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 (© A. Gatta)
Sunrise on Aiguille Chardonnet and the Arête Forbes on the left (© P. Gatta)

Read More »

Posted in Alpinism | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

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 Siam, Petit Capoussin, 2nd pitch (© P. Gatta)
Roi de Siam, Petit Capoussin, 2nd pitch (© P. Gatta)

Read More »

Posted in Alpinism | Tagged , , , | Comments closed

Alpinism: Aiguille du Peigne – Contamine Vaucher (Mont Blanc Massif)

Contamine, Labrunie and Vaucher opened their route on Aiguille du Peigne almost 60 years ago. It is a classic, nice, logical route and despite the reasonable grades (TD, 6a 400m), we ended up with pumped arms.

Summit of Aiguille du Peigne (© P. Gatta)
Summit of Aiguille du Peigne (© P. Gatta)

Read More »

Posted in Alpinism | Tagged , , , | Comments closed

    Instagram     YouTube     RSS