Climbing in Squamish : cracks around the clock

Climbing in Squamish : cracks around the clock

Squamish is often referred to as the Canadian antechamber to Yosemite. And with good reason: like its American neighbor, the Chief’s imposing granite mass is dotted with fissures that form lines renowned in America for their purity. Here’s an overview of Squamish, its atmosphere and some of its lines, trhough the eyes of a french climber. In the time it takes to go round the clock....

Tour du mont Blanc : one moutain, endless experiences

Tour du mont Blanc : one moutain, endless experiences

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe, moreover it is also both one of the most beautiful places in the world and an endless playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are the keys to discovering the most beautiful trek in the Alps, on foot or by bike, or climbing the summit itself, ice axe in hand. Mont Blanc is not only the roof of Europe, it’s also one of the...


The North Face Snomad 34L Ski Touring Backpack

The North Face Snomad 34L Ski Touring Backpack

Designed for freerando and backcountry skiing, with its relatively rigid structure and water-repellent fabric, the North Face SNOMAD 34 is an all-purpose bag with a streamlined style that seems to...


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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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