Steep skiing : exceptional ski descents in the Mont Blanc massif

Steep skiing : exceptional ski descents in the Mont Blanc massif

It’s no secret that a well-watered spring in Europe resulted in a snow surplus in the high mountains. An exceptional spring for steep skiing: in the Écrins, France, as in the Mont-Blanc massif, daring ski descents were made, both firsts and rare repeats. These include several exceptional descents on the north face of the Aiguille du Midi, above Chamonix, and on the Italian side of Mont...

Kilian Jornet in Paris: “The Pyrenees traverse transformed me”

Kilian Jornet in Paris: “The Pyrenees traverse transformed me”

On Monday May 27, two days after his victory in the Zegama-Aizkorri race, Kilian Jornet presented the film of his traverse of the Pyrenees, Into the (un)known, in Paris. As successful as ever in the field, as sincere and accessible to the public as ever, the Catalan retains his position as favourite outdoor athlete. And he’s still widely acclaimed. From the Pyrenees to the Champ-Élysées...


Petzl Hirundos Harness

Petzl Hirundos Harness

Don’t let the orange color and déjà-vu look fool you. A discerning eye will notice right away: the new Petzl Hirundos harness has changed a lot since the previous model, which, by the way, was...

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...


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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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