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Alpinism: Mont Blanc du Tacul – Gervasutti Pillar (Mont Blanc Massif)

The Gervasutti Pillar is a fantastic route on the East face of Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248m). Open in 1951 by Formelli and Mauro, this 900m/6a route is a classic with a great variety of climbing styles and promises a long day of action in high altitude. Gervasutti Pillar (© P. Gatta)
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Ski-Alpinism: NE Face of Les Courtes (Mont Blanc Massif)

I took advantage of great snow conditions to ski down the Northeast face of Les Courtes in Mont Blanc Massif. View from Les Courtes (© P. Gatta)
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Ski-Alpinism: Aiguille d’Argentière – Glacier du Milieu (Mont Blanc Massif)

No matter how many times I have climbed Aiguille d’Argentière, I keep enjoying it. From Les Grands Montets it’s a short and nice ski touring day, from Argentière it’s a long and good training. Summit of Aiguille d’Argentière (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Aiguille du Peigne – Le Maillon Manquant

After have climbed Cache Cache yesterday, Pascal and I went to the SW Face of gendarme rouge of Aiguille du Peigne (3078m) to climb Le Maillon Manquant a 400m route graded ED-, 6b+/A0. I must say that after the amazing pitches of Cache Cache, I was a bit disapointed by Le Maillon Manquant. There are […]
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Aiguille du Midi: Rebuffat – Baquet

Many years ago, I climbed the Rébuffat – Baquet route in the South face of Aiguille du Midi in Mont Blanc Massif. Beautiful route but we “got lost” above the 6th pitch and finished by another route… Climbers on the Aiguille du Midi ridge (© P. Gatta)
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Aiguille du Midi: Frendo Spur

Yesterday Alex and I climbed the Frendo Spur (Eperon Frendo) in the North Face of Aiguille du Midi in the Mont Blanc Massif. Very nice route but still lot of snow. We broke trail all the way and kept the crampons on the 1200m of route. Frendo Spur, Aiguille du Midi 1200m, D III 5a […]
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Triangle du Tacul : Goulotte Chéré

After a stormy night, Anna and Philippe went to the Triangle du Tacul to climb the super classic Goulotte Chéré in Mont Blanc Massif. Philippe in the Goulotte Chéré (© A. Gatta)
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Les Houches – Mont Blanc winter attempt

On March 13, Philippe left Les Houches (1,000m) at 4:30am, hoping to climb Mont Blanc non-stop and get back down to Les Houches in the evening. The weather was clear, the temperatures not too low but there was a lot a snow and 60km/h wind above 4,000m. Mont Blanc route from Les Houches (© P. […]
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Alpinism: North Face of the Eiger

Tuesday Alex Chabot and I left Nice to Grindelwald in Switzerland with the goal to climb the North Face of Eiger (3970m). This north face, also called the Nordwand in German, is world famous. With 1800 meters of vertical height, it is one of the tallest, steepest and hardest face in the Alps. It is […]
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Alpinism: Cime de Fremamorte – Right Gully

Last weekend I went back to the Boréon in the the Valley of Vésubie and climbed the Right Gully in the West face of the Cime Fremamorte (2730 m, 300m, AD+). There are not much snow/ice left, but the conditions in the Gully were okay, with 4 short sections of mixed climbing. Instead of going […]
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