Philippe Gatta stories and photos of Expeditions. Such as Mount Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, K2. Also details about the 7 Summits.
Furthermore, some sotries about desert races. Espcecially the 4 Desert and Marathon des Sables. Also multiples trail such as Tour du Mont Blanc, GHT, Via Alpina. Also multiples posts about rock Climbing and Alpinism.
Philippe teamed up with Gorgan and Serap to climb Gasherbrum II (8035 m) and Gasherbrum I (8068 m). As often in Karakoram, the weather has been terrible and they couldn’t rich neither top. Nevertheless, the raw beauty of these peaks, the difficult access of the Baltoro and the tough conditions make it a place like no others.
After the GHT and the Via Alpina, Anna and Philippe left for another long traverse across the Canadian Rocky Mountains. They planned to run 600 km along the GDT but nothing went as planned : rain, snow storm, bears, mud, mosquitoes and injuries. Ultimately they made 300 km in harsh conditions.
Wishing to run across the Triglav, Dolomites, Tyrol, la Bavaria, Interlaken…, they decided to follow a combination of the red and green Trail of the Via Alpina. To limit the overall distance to 1,000 km, they decided to start in the Triglav National Park (Slovenia) and finish in Chamonix (France). From the Triglav, they followed the Red Trail across Italy, Austria, Germany to Lichtenstein. From there, they switched to the Green trail to Lenk in Switzerland. After Lenk, they made their own trail to Chamonix, France.
The Madagascar Race is a 250 km (155 miles) running race which is part of 4 Deserts Roving Race series. The 2014 edition started in the north of Madagascar, close to the city of Antsiranana and went South – Soutwest to finish at the city of Ambilobe. There were 6 stages in 7 days: almost 4 Marathons in 4 days, then 77 km, a rest day and a final stage of 10 km.
The Jordan race started in the beautiful Wadi Rum desert, then crossed 3 more desert: Kharaza, Humaima and Wadi Araba to finish in the ancient city of Petra. There are 6 stages in 7 days: almost 4 Marathons in 4 days, then 87 km, a rest day and a final stage of 7 km.
The Gervasutti Pillar is a fantastic route on the East face of Mont Blanc du Tacul. Open in 1951 by Formelli and Mauro, this 900m/6a route is a classic.
Nice climb of Aiguille de Bionnassay with Morgan yesterday. The ridge was a bit icy but overall the conditions were good for the season and it is really an excellent route.
Last year Anna and I climbed Mariage de la terre et du vent at Aiguille du Belvédère and we enjoyed it. This year we are