Tag Archives: argentiere

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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Alpinism: Minaret – Versant Satanique (Mont Blanc Massif)

Versant Satanique in the South face of Minaret is a classic route, offering some unique wide cracks on a perfect red granite. Preparing the gear for two days in Argentiere (© 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 Brévent to Anterne and Salenton, what a place! Trail around Aiguilles Rouges, Fiz and Anterne in the background (© P. Gatta)
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Ski-Alpinism: around Aiguille du Chardonnet (Mont Blanc Massif)

There are endless possibilities of ski touring between Argentière and Le Tour, including the famous 2 and 3 cols. This option is a 20 kilometers loop around the Aiguille du Chardonnet. Aiguille Verte seen from below Col du Passon (© P. Gatta)
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Ski: around Argentière (Mont Blanc Massif)

Today was a simple day of training around Argentière with a good snow and clear sky. Glacier d’Argentière (© P. Gatta)
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Ski: Grands Montets – Le Tour (3 Cols)

This is the high season for ski touring in the Mont Blanc Massif and the Grands Montets are busy with skiers going in every directions. I chose a classic; Grands Montets to Le Tour via the 3 Cols. North Face of Chardonnet (© P. Gatta)
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Alpinism: Grande Rocheuse – Vivagel

Jon Griffith, Carine Salvy and I went back in the Argentiere Basin, Mont Blanc Massif, for our second day of photo shoots for Berghaus. This time we climbed the Couturier + Vivagel route in the North Face of Grande Rocheuse. We spent a short and cold night on the floor of the Grand Montet cable […]
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