Traversée des Aiguilles de Chamonix

After almost a week of bad weather, high pressures are back and Alex and I could finally go back in Mont Blanc Massif for a fantastic climb of the Aiguilles de Chamonix. Around 3.5 km of ridge, 7 peaks crossed and 20 hours of climb from Aiguille du Midi to Plan de l’Aiguille.

After col du Caiman (© A. Chabot)
After col du Caiman (© A. Chabot)

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Trail around Rochers des Fiz and Pointe d’Anterne

With a weather forecast too bad to go in the mountain, we changed our plan to run around Rochers des Fiz and Pointe d’Anterne. This 30 km Trail is definitively a must do!

Anterne Lake and Pointe de Sales behind (© A. Gatta)
Anterne Lake and Pointe de Sales behind (© A. Gatta)

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Evening trail to La Jonction

La Jonction is a very scenic place where Bossons and Taconnaz glaciers met. The view over Chamonix valley and Mont Blanc is amazing.

Philippe close to Mont Corbeau with Bossons glacier behind (© A. Gatta)
Philippe close to Mont Corbeau with Bossons glacier behind (© A. Gatta)

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New full screen photo gallery

I just made a new full screen photo gallery of Everest, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Gasherbrum, Marathon des Sables, Gobi, Sahara, Jordan, Tour Mont Blanc, Atacama, Trail, rock climbing…

Everest expedition (© P. Gatta)
Everest expedition (© P. Gatta)

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1ere Pointe des Nantillons : Guy-Anne, l’insolite

What a nice route! There are so many great routes to climb in L’Envers des Aiguilles so it is hard to choose. We finally decided to climb Guy-Anne, l’insolite in the 1ere Pointe des Nantillons (2,921m), good choice!

Second 6a+ pitch of Guy-Anne, l'insolite (© A. Gatta)
Second 6a+ pitch of Guy-Anne, l’insolite (¬© A. Gatta)

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Trail: Bellevue – Nid d’Aigle – Bionnassay – Les Houches

The Nid d’Aigle is the start of the Gouter route of Mont Blanc but it is also a great place for Trail running…

Close to Mont Lachat (© A. Gatta)
Close to Mont Lachat (© A. Gatta)

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Aiguille du Midi: Rebuffat – Baquet

Many years ago, I climbed the R√©buffat – 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)
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 65¬į (¬© P. Gatta)
Frendo Spur, Aiguille du Midi 1200m, D III 5a 65¬į (¬© P. Gatta)

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Trail: Le Moulin – Les Gaillands

Yesterday, Anna, Ingela and I went for a nice trail running in the Mont Blanc Massif, my first 20+km run since I came back from the Makalu expedition. Great weather and very nice trail beside the snow in the Brévent.

On the way to Flégère (© A. Gatta)
On the way to Flégère (© A. Gatta)

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Makalu summit on Wider

Wider magazine posted a short story about Philippe and Mike Horn ascent of Makalu (8463m).

Going down from the top of Makalu, 8463m (© Philippe Gatta)
Going down from the top of Makalu, 8463m (© P. Gatta)

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