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On the very narrow top of Dent du Geant, Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Alpinists on the Aiguille du Midi ridge. Alps, France (color) Mountain ridges, and mountaineers on snow field, North Cascades National Park. Washington, USA. (color) Alpinists training at the bottom of the Bossons glacier, only a quarter of an hour from the parking lot. Alps, France (color) Fresh snow and sea of clouds on 14300ft camp. Denali, Alaska (color) Mountaineers hiking on approach to  East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Snow camping on the Kahilna Glacier. Denali, Alaska (color) Hiker checks map on Root Glacier. Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Climbers on the Green Ridge of Mount Shasta. California, USA (color) This time, I had to painfully break the trail, which was swept by the recent storm. It is hard work when you are by yourself. Denali, Alaska (color) Serac system at the top of the Brenva Spur, Mont-Blanc, Italy. (color) Mount Shasta with climbers on Green Ridge. California, USA (color) Alpinists on Aiguille du Midi ridge, Chamonix. France (color) The deserted 11000 camp. Denali, Alaska (color) Mountaineers climb West Buttress of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Snow gully on Polar Circus. Canada (color) Approach to the Terminator wall. Canada (color) The base camp, at 7000 feet, is in the heart of a huge glacier system. Alaska (color) Mountaineers climbing a snow field on Sahale Peak,  North Cascades National Park. Washington, USA. (color) Alpinists on the Aiguille du Midi ridge. Alps, France (color) Alpinist near the top of Monte Rosa,  Switzerland. (color) Man pausing on steep terrain in the East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Camping on the Balcony camp of the West Rib. Denali, Alaska (color) Taking a break from pulling the sled. Denali, Alaska (color) Mountaineers on the slopes of Mt Shasta. California, USA (color) Building an igloo, which offers a very good weather protection.. Denali, Alaska (color) Hiker reaches for item in backpack on Root Glacier. Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) The camp 17000 is quite exposed to the winds. Denali, Alaska (color) Climber takes a break on the Green Ridge of Mt Shasta. California, USA (color) Balcony Camp, on the West Rib  of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Snow traverse and headwall of Polar Circus. Canada (color) Alpinist approaching the Freney Pillars, Mont-Blanc, Italy. (color) Kahilna international airport lies under the North Face of Mt Hunter. Alaska (color) Alpinists training at the bottom of the Bossons glacier. Alps, France (color) Paul leading on Bonatti Pilar on Le Dru, Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Mountaineer among broken rocks in the East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Camping high on the West Rib route. Denali, Alaska (color) The first important camp, where people gather at a same spot, is found at 11000. Denali, Alaska (color) The main camp at 14300ft. Denali, Alaska (color) Alpinists on a buttress of Aiguille du Midi climbing the Cosmiques ridge. Alps, France (color) Mountaineers on ridge below  summit of Sahale Peak, North Cascades National Park. Washington, USA. (color) Hiker checks map on Root Glacier. Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Party of three on the West Buttress. Denali, Alaska (color) Mountaineers camping on the slopes of Mt Shasta. California, USA (color) Mountaineers on the summit of Mt Shasta. California, USA (color) Upper section of West Buttress of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Climbers on the rocky part of the Brenva Spur, Mont-Blanc, Italy. (color) Two parties climbing on the lower half of the North face of Tour Ronde, Mont-Blanc range, Alps, France. (color) Above the 11000 camp, the route becomes steeper, making sleding or sking unpractical. Denali, Alaska (color) Mountaineers on a bivy on Mt Whitney at sunrise. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Climbers inside an igloo. Denali, Alaska (color) Alpinist exits Aiguille du Midi. Alps, France (color) Being late on my schedule, due to the unexpected effect of altitude, I am lucky to find a ledge large enough for my Stephenson tent. Denali, Alaska (color) The West Buttress is easy but very airy. You cannot travel it if there are high winds. Denali, Alaska (color) Summit Ridge of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Approaching Dent du Geant, Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Man gearing up to climb  East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) This evening fog is nothing to worry about, since the 7pm weather forecast is optimistic. Denali, Alaska (color) The 14300 camp has a very social, and international atmosphere. One could argue that it is hardly a wilderness experience since there are in permanence dozens of tents there during the short (May-June) climbing season. Denali, Alaska (color) Alpinists on the  Midi-Plan ridge. Alps, France (color) Yes, it all goes into a Lowe Cerro Torre II. Denali, Alaska (color) Mountaineers descend West Buttress of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Midnight sunset over Mt Foraker from the West Rib. Denali, Alaska (color) On the North face of Grande Casse, Vanoise, Alps, France. (color) Snow camping on the Kahilna Glacier. Denali, Alaska (color) The day when we arrived, the weather was great, and there is a large numbers of climbers going for it. Denali, Alaska (color) Woman gearing up to climb  East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Ice tunnel leading to the ridge exiting Aiguille du Midi. Alps, France (color) Mountaineers at the base of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Summit ridge of Mt McKinley. Denali, Alaska (color) Back to the 14300 camp, McKinley City. Denali, Alaska (color) On the  North face of Tour Ronde, Mont-Blanc range, Alps, France. (color) Camp 11000 with a forest of wands. Denali, Alaska (color) The low-profile tents have to be protected against the wind (which can reach 100mph). Climbers dig a hole and built thick snow-walls by sawing off large chunks of frozen snow. Denali, Alaska (color) Man climbing East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Alpinists on a pinacle of Aiguille du Midi after climbing the South Face. Alps, France (color) High-altitude camp on the West Rib  of Mt McKinley. Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (color) Traveling down with sleds. Denali, Alaska (color) The Balcony camp on the West Rib really deserves its name. Panoramic view over 180 degrees. Denali, Alaska (color) Alpinists climb Aiguille du Midi, France. (color) Up to the 14300 camp again. Denali, Alaska (color) Man and woman pausing with backpacks below the East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Alpinists go down Aiguille du Midi on a sharp ridge. Alps, France (color) Party with typical Alaskan backpacks. Denali, Alaska (color) Time to repack my summit gear. Denali, Alaska (color) Being acclimatized thanks to my extended waiting at 14300ft, I skip the 16000 camp, which is occupied by a guided team comming from the bottom of the ridge. Denali, Alaska (color) On the North face of Grande Casse, Vanoise, Alps, France. (color) Woman with backpack pausing on steep terrain above Iceberg Lake. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Probing a circle for crevasses, before unroping. Alaskan glaciers are among the biggest in the world, and have very deep crevasses, which are difficult to spot. Denali, Alaska (color) Waiting out in bad weather. Denali, Alaska (color) Traveling down with sleds. Denali, Alaska (color) The three tracks starting from the 14300 camp are very visible: to Windy Corner, the West Buttress, and the West Rib (although these were only my tracks). The 14300 camp would soon be in the shade. Denali, Alaska (color) Alpinists climb Aiguille du Midi, France. (color) Like most people, we leave our snowshoes and sleds here, and organize ourselves to do a double carry the next morning. Denali, Alaska (color) Looking up to woman scrambling on rocks on the East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color) Fresh snow on the 14300ft camp. Denali, Alaska (color) The treacherous Denali Pass, scene of numerous accidents. The descending traverse is somewhat delicate for tired climbers. Moreover some take only ski poles and therefore cannot self-arrest. Denali, Alaska (color) Climber on Aig. des Pelerins,  Mont-Blanc Range, Alps, France. (color) Windy Corner. There is a secondary summit which creates a funnel with the West Buttress, generating incredibly high winds there during storms.. Denali, Alaska (color) Climbers on a bivy ledge in the East face of Mt Whitney. Sequoia National Park, California (color)
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