Alpinism: Grepon – Le soleil a rendez-vous avec lune

With a weather forecast that rather good, Ross and I decided to try to traverse Grepon (3,482m), climbing Le soleil a rendez-vous avec lune on the East face (TD+, 850m) and descending on the Nantillons side. That means we climbed with crampons, ice axes… After 19 pitches climbed in poor conditions we finally decided to go down but enjoyed the climb anyway.

11th pitch of Soleil a rendez-vous avec la Lune (© R. Hewitt)
11th pitch of Soleil a rendez-vous avec la Lune (© R. Hewitt)

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Alpinism: Pointes Lachenal – A l’oree du bois

After the recent snow falls on Mont Blanc Massif, most routes were in winter conditions except the Pointes Lachenal. Pascal and I went back to climb another route there ; A l’oree du bois. There are some nice pitches but the route is a bit confusing as it crosses 3 other routes. Anyway it was a nice day and a fun climb on the nice granite of Pointes Lachenal.

Early start on Aiguille du Midi ridge (© P. Gatta)
Early start on Aiguille du Midi ridge (© P. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Aiguille du Midi – La Contamine

Anna and I climbed another great route in Aiguille du Midi: La Contamine, 8 pitches, all nice! We finished right on time for a quick lunch on the sunny top of the Aiguille.

View over Grandes Jorasses and Rochefort from Aiguille du Midi (© A. Gatta)
View over Grandes Jorasses, Rochefort and Dent du Geant from Aiguille du Midi (© A. Gatta)

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Alpinism: Pointes Lachenal – Harold et Maud

Pascal and I climbed Harold et Maud in Pointes Lachenal this morning. What a beautiful route on a perfect Granite!! Note that the other routes on Pointes Lachenal and Aiguille du Midi were dry too.

View over Grand Capucin and Gervasuti Couloir from Pointes Lachenal (© P. Gatta)
View over Grand Capucin and Gervasuti Couloir from Pointes Lachenal (© P. Gatta)

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Climbing: Maladiere – Noli Me Tangere

We took the opportunity of a day of relatively good weather to climb Noli Me Tangere in La Maladiere, close to Cluses. Noli Me Tangere is a nice 280 meters route, graded ED, 7a+.

La Maladiere, Noli Me Tangere in red (right), Tropiques rappels (left) (© P. Gatta)
La Maladiere, Noli Me Tangere in red (right), Tropiques rappels (left) (© P. Gatta)

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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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