Steep Skiing Trilogy for the french Benjamin Védrines and Nicolas Jean in the Ecrins massif

Steep Skiing Trilogy for the french Benjamin Védrines and Nicolas Jean in the Ecrins massif

After completing a five-face steep skiing sequence on the neighboring Agneaux summit in France’s Écrins massif, french alpinists Benjamin Védrines and Nicolas Jean have completed a new feat on skis. This time, it’s a trilogy on the Ailefroide occidentale, the Pic Sans Nom and the Pelvoux, with 50° faces for a day of vertical climbing. And because these steep slopes reminded them of...

DRUS-DROITES-JORASSES TRILOGY: AN IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE FRENCH CLIMBERS LÉO BILLON AND BENJAMIN VÉDRINES

DRUS-DROITES-JORASSES TRILOGY: AN IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE FRENCH CLIMBERS LÉO BILLON AND BENJAMIN VÉDRINES

On Tuesday January 30, the french climbers Léo Billon and Benjamin Védrines reached the summit of the Grandes Jorasses via the famous No Siesta route. The days before, they climbed Dru North Face’s voie des guides and Droites north face’s Rhem-Vimal Route. Three impressive alpine north faces in a row : Drus, Droites, and the Jorasses masterpiece as a grand finale: a magnificent...

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Changabang, return to the shining mountain

Changabang, return to the shining mountain

Changabang is one of the most beautiful, difficult and rarely climbed peaks in the Indian Himalayas. In 1976, British climbers Peter Boardman & Joe Tasker achieved the first ascent of this...

Watch The Draconians, a beautiful ski film

Watch The Draconians, a beautiful ski film

This is a beautiful film, and more. The Draconians combines the talent of skiers – Sam Favret and Nikolai Schirmer – and cameramen, including Hensli Sage, who uses a drone to transport...

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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...

Piolets d’Or : to Ukraine with love

It was a beautiful January, the snow covered everything. Located at an altitude of more than two thousand meters in the South Alps, France, the Lautaret Pass road was closed due to avalanches, but that didn’t stop a team of Russian mountaineers from crossing the Pass on foot, in two meters of snow, to come to the Piolets d’Or, which took place in L’Argentière-la-Bessée. The...

Dreaming of Manaslu, but which one?

Lists are one of the most widespread contemporary habits, maintained by the productivity apps that are very much in the air today. Mountaineering is no exception, and this is not new: the 82 “4000”, and of course, the fourteen “8000” climbed for the first time by Reinhold Messner – or the list of the probationary exam to become an aspiring guide. At the beginning of...

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