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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)
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Trail: Mont Vial

Today Anna and I went to Plan du Var and ran up to Mont Vial which is a pretty good training when we look for significant elevation gain in short distance. The trail is just 23 km long with 2050 meters of elevation gain and offers nice views over the Alps after Revest-Les-Roches. There was […]
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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 Paranova – 2 Couloirs

Two weeks after my return from the Atacama Crossing race in Chile, I went back to the Gordolasque Valley in the national Park of Mercantour to climb a new Couloir. With the high temperatures we had in the last few days, most of the snow has melted and it becomes difficult to find some ice […]
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Alpinism: Pelago – Couloirs Nathalie and East

For this first day of 2012, I woke up at 5:30am and went to the Bor√©on in the the Valley of V√©subie to climb the Couloir Nathalie (III, AD+/D, 650m) in the West face of Mont Pelago. The weather was great but it was too warm and the conditions in the Couloir were awful: very […]
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Alpinism: Grand Capelet – Couloir Diagonale

It becomes really hard to find some snow in the South of the Alps. There are almost nothing below 2400 m and a very few Couloirs and gullies are still in condition, except in some North and West faces. Today I climbed the Diagonale route (AD, 300m) in the West face of Grand Capelet (2935 […]
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Alpinism: Gélas РWest Couloir

Sunday Anna and I went to the Madone de Fenestre to climb the West Couloir (II, AD / 3, 300m) of G√©las (3143 m). The snow starts above 2300 m and after several weeks of rather warm weather, the snow is pretty hard. The conditions in the West Couloir were rather good in the first […]
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Ski alpinism: Gélas РSouthwest ridge

After the snow fall of last week, I was excited to start a new ski touring season. The snow starts at 2200m so I decided to go at Madone de Fenestre and climb the G√©las (3143 m). The conditions were not so good when I started ; very strong wind and frozen snow. I skied […]
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Trail: Vallees Gordolasque – Merveilles

Last weekend Anna and I did a very nice trail in the Valleys of Gordolasque and Merveilles. The trail is only 21km long but it takes place between 1600m and 2700m of altitude and some sections are steep so it should not be underestimated. The views over the numerous lakes, Mercantour peaks and the archaeological […]
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Alpinism: Cime de Juisse – Peirastreche

Anna and I went back to the Bor√©on to climb another Couloir in the Northwest face of Cime de Juisse (2580 m), called Pe√Įrastreche. Overall the conditions in the route were okay, there was still snow fresh snow from last week, the third pitch was the most interesting one with less snow and more ice. […]
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