First alpine style ascent on a 7000 meters mountain in Nepal for french climbers Charles Dubouloz and Symon Welfringer

First alpine style ascent on a 7000 meters mountain in Nepal for french climbers Charles Dubouloz and Symon Welfringer

From May 17th to 19th, French climbers Charles Dubouloz and Symon Welfringer opened “Le cavalier sans tête”, a new technical route across the 1,700 m of the west face of Hungchi (7,029 m), on the border between Tibet and Nepal. This is the first time this little-known summit has been climbed in alpine style. A bold ascent. Several weeks ago, Charles Dubouloz and Symon Welfringer notified us of...

Outstanding first ski descent of the Great Trango Tower

Outstanding first ski descent of the Great Trango Tower

Outstanding: that’s the world to describe the first ski descent of the Great Trango Tower (6,286m), a Karakoram peak best known for its big walls. An impressive achievement on a hanging glacier and steep, narrow slopes, the result of the persistence of two Canadian women, Chantel Astorga and Christina Lustenberger, and American Jim Morrison, for whom skiing the Great Trango Tower is...


Patrick Berhault, a star was gone

Patrick Berhault, a star was gone

Exactly twenty years ago, on the 28th of April, 2004, Patrick Berhault disappeared in the mountains, on a Swiss peak as part of a project of climbing the 82 summits of 4000 meters in the Alps. A...

Watch Sura Peak 6764 m NW Face First Ascent

Watch Sura Peak 6764 m NW Face First Ascent

He’s known for seeking out the Himalayas’ most beautiful virgin walls, from Chamlang to …Sura Peak. This time Czech alpinist Marek Holeček set off (in 2023) with Matěj Bernát and...


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The suspended life of Evgeni Glazunov

Whether we like it or not, our gaze remains constrained by borders. The ones that separated us from Evgeni Glazunov can be counted in dozens, piling up like opaque filters from our base camp in the French Alps to the far reaches of Siberia. These filters are all the more powerful because Russia is not the most transparent of states, especially in wartime. Yet Glazunov was one of his...

And you, who do you step over?

On July 27, 2023, Mohammed Hassan, a Pakistani porter, died while crossing the Bottleneck on K2, at around 8,200m. This was his first ascent as a high-altitude porter (HAP). The reasons for his fall remain unclear. Hassan may have slipped, been destabilized by a small plate at the edge of the track, or suffered some other physical problem that unbalanced him. Attached to the fixed rope, the...

This mountain is so steep!

I‘m not going to lie to you: I’m completely out of my depth. Obviously more in french Alps than in Pakistan (geographers will understand), since the Nanga Parbat (8126m) where I was lucky enough to spend 7 weeks, and which was the highlight of my summer. It was good, it was beautiful, it was very high, and you’ll soon be able to read about this wonderful expedition with Sophie...

Mont Blanc is neither a stadium nor an airport

On July 9, after his Sea-to-Mont-Blanc record, an Italian athlete was brought down from the summit by helicopter. A disrespectful attitude towards the mountain and other climbers. In an open letter published in the meantime, Mountain Wilderness, Chamonix mayor Éric Fournier and Saint-Gervais mayor J-M. Peillex also condemn this procedure, and reserve the right to take legal action against the...

Everest 70th First Ascent Anniversary !

Everest is seventy years old. On 29 May 1953, two human beings stood for the first time on the Roof of the World, the highest mountain of all. History is not made up of dates, but of men and women who, like you and me, have a very specific relationship with time. Our own memory, but also the one we know from our parents or grandparents. My father was eight years old when Everest was finally...

The snow leopard of too many

Basically, we can think that it is not serious, that it is only an image, and moreover on a theme that does not hurt anyone: the beauty of the world. So why not let yourself be carried away? We think just the opposite. Of course, image manipulation has existed since photography itself appeared. Nothing very new. And yet. These images of fake snow leopard and fake mountains will have gone around...

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