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Mont-Blanc is one of the most beautiful and complex mountains in the world. With a few exceptions, the photographs in this page give an intimate view of Mont-Blanc, taken while climbing its many faces.
This is the summit of Mont-Blanc, 4810m. The regular route, which follows the Bosses ridge, is extremely popular in summer, as it can be seen from the well-marked trail. A popular alternative is to climb from Aiguille du Midi through Mont-Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit. The Vallot hut, pictured on the right photograph, can be spotted on the rocks at the right of the first picture. This emergency shelter has saved more lives than any other, but it is unfortunately badly littered by people attempting the regular route.
This series show the progress of the day on the East Face of Mont-Blanc. The first picture was taken by moonlight, the last one by full daylight, and the pictures in-between at dawn and sunrise.
The two only shelters which can be found on this face are built on the ridge which is on the center of the picture above. A non-trivial climb is required just to reach them. The Kufner route which follows the ridge to the summit of Mt Maudit, traverses an impressive cornice.
These pictures were taken during a climb of the Brenva Spur. There is a mixed/rocky part (left), a sharp snow ridge (middle), and after a steep slope, you have to find your way up through a dynamic serac system (right). Pionneered in the XIX century, this was the first major route climbed on the steep Italian side of Mt Blanc.
The Red Sentinel
is part of a trio of routes, all established by Graham Browne in
the 30s, which travel right in the
heart of the face. It is an extremely elegant and clever line which remains
sheltered against the large seracs which are the major hazard of this face. The
left picture is looking upwards, the right away from the face.
The Grand Pilier d'Angle, on the very left of the Brenva face is a microcosm of alpine terrain, since it has rock, snow, ice, and a hanging glacier. Its north face is very steep and has only severe routes. Although Bonatti first climbed it in 62, it is only ten years later that a second ascent was done thanks to the modern ice-climbing gear.
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