Tag Archives: Mont Blanc Massif

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: Diamant des Flammes de Pierre РLes Flammes du D̩sir (Mont Blanc Massif)

We were excited to go the the great wall of Flammes de Pierre to climb a route that looked promising: Les Flammes du Désir. Unfortunately the weather has been unstable, the schedule from/to Montenvers was a bit tight and the route was far from nice: many cracks were full of grass, many anchors are old […]
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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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Alpinism: Aiguille du Midi – Kohlmann route (Mont Blanc Massif)

The Kohlmann route is probably less known than the Rebuffat but as nice in my opinion. It is a short route, easy to find, on good granite with a climb mostly on corners. Aiguille du Midi and the obvious corner of the Kohlmann (© P. 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)
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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 […]
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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)
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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 […]
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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)
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