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Running across the Hielo

Running across the Hielo

Ten years ago, the Brazilian ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel attempted to run the Circo de los Altares (Patagonia) in one go, but the weather hampered her dream. She returned with ultrarunner Kaytlyn Gerbin this time. They tackled the wild and remote Hielo Continental...

What is left of Ueli?

What is left of Ueli?

The passing is often remembered as a surprisingly distant fact. “Five years already!” one might wonder when remembering the death of Ueli Steck on April 30, 2017. On that day, the hurried mountaineer stumbled at Nuptse.  Yet I must confess that it is the...

The legendary Conrad Anker

The legendary Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker has had an incredible life. And he’s not about to stop.At almost 60, the American is the character of a story so intense that even Hollywood would find it hard to believe. His life was adventurous when he was a young mountaineering prodigy climbing...

The snowflake perfection

The snowflake perfection

“Let us love the snow. Otherwise, we risk breaking our poetic balance and forgetting our human condition,” wrote Francis Bossus in La Forteresse (1971). This winter and for the time being, the new “white gold” is rather rare. Mountain lovers...

Ice climbing : always a famous place

Ice climbing : always a famous place

At the Fer à Cheval in Sixt, the disciples of François Damilano and Thierry Renault continued their exploration of the circus with talent. The free climbing of long interrupted icefalls, mixing dry tooling and pure ice climbing on suspended stalactites, became the...

Garmin inReach Mini

Garmin inReach Mini

Test conditions Fall hiking and ski touring. Despite very cloudy conditions during our test, the Garmin InReach Mini found its satellites in less than a minute ©Ulysse Lefebvre Getting started Survival kit The mountain public knows Garmin mainly for its GPS watches...

Age of the Nepalese

Age of the Nepalese

It was a year ago, on January the 16th, 2021. In the midst of the pandemic, with its restrictions, and after a very difficult year for the expedition business, a team of ten Nepalese, led by Mingma G. Sherpa and Nirmal Purja, managed to overcome the last 8000 never...

Ski test : Salomon MTN 95

Ski test : Salomon MTN 95

Getting started One more time! Salomon has renewed its MTN Explore 95: the 2022 ski is the same as the 2021, which apart from the topsheet was the same as in 2020. Wide rounded tip with progressive rocker, we feel its obvious appetite to make its mark in all terrain...

Ski test : Faction Agent 2.0

Ski test : Faction Agent 2.0

Our test Size tested : 179 cm An all-gray ski, that we can’t decide if it is ultra-classic or very refined. The perceived quality is ok, it’s not superbly made, however, there is a beautiful die cut on the sole. Once riding the Faction Agent 2.0, you can feel the...

Ski test : G3 FINDr 94

Ski test : G3 FINDr 94

Our test Size tested : 177 cm We tested G3 skis a long time ago, at a time when the brand had not yet fully mastered the integration of carbon in its structures. The skis were very fickle, they transmitted a lot in the legs, you really had to hold them to get smooth...

ARCTIC 12, full movie

ARCTIC 12, full movie

In April 2021, Jackie Paaso and her team, including SCOTT athletes and IFMGA guides Erin Smart and Benjamin Ribeyre, set out on a 415km traverse above the Arctic Circle. The goal was to be the first group to summit and ski all the 2000-meter peaks in Sweden during...

Ski test : Kästle TX 103

Ski test : Kästle TX 103

Our test Size tested : 181 cm A superb ski that made the team of testers smile from ear to ear because its skiability is clearly in a class of its own in the freeride touring category. The design and manufacturing quality give the zing to this Kästle TX 103. Some...

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 105

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 105

Our test Size tested : 180 cm The Blizzard Zero G 105 is a ski with an imposing size: 105 mm. Its area of expertise is not in your classic ski touring. It’s more of a backcountry ski, where freeriding is top of the list. This ski is irreproachable in deep powder. It...

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 95

Ski test : Blizzard Zero G 95

Our test Size tested : 178 cm This Blizzard Zero G 95 feels very lightweight underfoot (1260 g for 178 cm). It is very pleasant in the uphill, you can’t feel it, there’s no inertia. What are its limits? In the downhill going through mounds and chop, you must be wary...

Ski test : Völkl Rise Beyond 96

Ski test : Völkl Rise Beyond 96

Our test Size tested : 177 cm The Völkl Rise Beyond 96 in a few words? A very easy ski, quite light, not very mechanized, in other words, a heavy-built skier will deform it a lot and can lose balance on it. But around 70kg it’s very pleasant even if it completely...

The alpinist: Don’t look down

The alpinist: Don’t look down

There are missed appointments that leave their mark. In 2015, I had the chance to discover Squamish, where many high-level climbers were invited by their sponsors to gather at the penultimate temple of North American climbing. Among them, a certain Marc-André Leclerc....

The new trend of winter himalayism

The new trend of winter himalayism

When 10 Nepalese climbed K2 together on 16 January last, some said it was the end of an era: the last page in the history of winter climbing seemed to be written. A year later, we can see that this is not really the case: winter Himalayan climbing is booming, with at...

Ski test : Dynafit Mezzalama

Ski test : Dynafit Mezzalama

Our test Size tested : 162 cm The Dynafit Mezzalama fits perfectly to its listed program: pure and hard racing! It has almost zero skiability but it offers incredible climbing performance. It is clearly and only made for skiers who line up for the Pierra Menta or the...

Ski test : K2 Wayback 80

Ski test : K2 Wayback 80

Our test Size tested : 170 cm The k2 Wayback 80 is an excellent ski, both lightweight and great skiability. It is well-balanced between the two. You can’t feel the ski underfoot, yet it is pretty fluid, and doesn’t have any nasty tricks up its sleeve. It pivots very...

Cogne : first Italian-style ice

Cogne : first Italian-style ice

The ice season traditionally opens with the first real drop in temperature, but also with an event that is well known to ice-climbing enthusiasts: the well-named Cogne Ice Opening. For this tenth edition, the organisers, Matthias Scherer, Heike and Tanja Schmitt, were...

Full circle, with Lynn Hill

Full circle, with Lynn Hill

Widely regarded as one of the leading competitive sport climbers in the world during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lynn Hill is famous for making the first free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. This is the video portrait of Lynn Hill, one of the...

TEST SKI – WEDZE MT90

TEST SKI – WEDZE MT90

Notre test Testé en 178cm. Aurait-on trouvé le ski qui coche toutes les cases ? Ce Wedze MT90 (à 89mm au patin, comme son nom ne l’indique pas), est tout simplement réussite. Testé en 178cm, nous avons trouvé dans ce modèle le ski idéal pour tout faire, et bien...

Get us dreaming

Get us dreaming

“Um, I’ll have a think and get back to you…” Symon Welfringer (winner of the Piolet d’Or in 2021 with Pierrick Fine) was sharp enough to realise that our question, “What are the Piolets d’Or for?” actually hides several questions, each a potential minefield....

TOURING SKIS TEST – UP TO 90MM 2022

TOURING SKIS TEST – UP TO 90MM 2022

Here is our test of touring skis up to 90mm waist, winter 2022. Versatile by definition, designed for all-round skiers, this range of skis allows you to gain height, as these skis are often light, even very light. But in the 86mm to 90mm segment you’ll find THE...

Ski test – Wedze MT85

Ski test – Wedze MT85

Our test Size tested : 176 cm Wedze (Decathlon) offers this ski alone or in a pack with bindings (Dynafit Tour Light) and skins, for a very competitive price (575 €). The pair of skis alone is also sold at an attractive price (375 €). But does this mean we have a ski...

Ski test – Hagan Core 89

Ski test – Hagan Core 89

Our test Size tested : 170 cm The Hagan Core 89 rides on deep, hard, and groomed snow. It’s an excellent compromise between accessibility/skiability. It’s easy thanks to its pivoting, tip width, curve radius (18.5m), and flex distribution at the fore of the ski. All...

Ski test – Scott Superguide 88

Ski test – Scott Superguide 88

Our test Size tested : 170 cm A mixed review for this Scott Superguide 88 which needs a detailed analysis. You don’t feel immediately at ease on this ski. It’s very flat with a long edge length despite the front rocker. It feels like the ski is glued to the snow, a...

TEST SKI – WEDZE SLASH 100

TEST SKI – WEDZE SLASH 100

Notre test Testé en 183cm. Malgré sa largeur de patin relativement contenue (100mm) pour un ski de freeerando, il faut bien voir que ce Wedze Slash 100 est avant tout un ski de freeride. Pourquoi, parce que même monté en fixations à inserts, il reste conçu pour les...

Ski test – Movement Axess 86

Ski test – Movement Axess 86

Our test Size tested : 169 cm The Movement Axess 86 is a very light ski with carbon weaving showing through fore and aft. This Movement Axess 86 showcase this noble fiber with this transparent effect that the designers have mastered the ski’s lateral and longitudinal...

Ski test – Hagan Core 84

Ski test – Hagan Core 84

Our test Size tested : 162 cm We were able to test the Hagan Core 84 in size 162 cm, a women’s length… Therefore, when you weigh 70kg you find yourself on a very flexible ski. The tip bends, which obviously is detrimental to its fluidity. Although, a skier who’s...

LAST TRACK IN THE SNOW

LAST TRACK IN THE SNOW

Their tracks are lost on what seems to be a small snowy ridge.On the few photos released by the rescue team, we can guess the route taken by the three climbers. We understand their choice to stay on a snow line to avoid the adjacent coulées.We can imagine their...

Ski test – SkiTrab Magico 2

Ski test – SkiTrab Magico 2

Our test Size tested : 171 cm The Trab Magico 2 is a light ski, just over one kilo. On the snow, it is flighty, you must force down at the front to not be taken by surprise. The only problem is if you put too much pressure on it, due to the construction in this zone...

Ski test – Blizzard Zero G 85

Ski test – Blizzard Zero G 85

Our test Size tested : 178 cm With the Blizzard Zero G 85, you are closer to a traditional ski touring ski that is efficient in the climb, stable on the edge and in steep slopes. We really liked its main characteristic, which is its stability. When crossing slopes and...

The North Face Summit L3 50/50 Down Jacket

The North Face Summit L3 50/50 Down Jacket

Test conditions Chilly departures on ski touring, ice climbing belays. Unboxing This jacket is amazing and at first glance, somewhere between a good old down jacket and a small warm jacket.The outer fabric seems particularly resistant, without the fragile aspect of...

Ski test – SkiTrab Maestro.2

Ski test – SkiTrab Maestro.2

Our test Size tested : 171 cm The Trab Maestro.2 is a 100% touring ski that feels like it’s impressively light. It does : 953 g for 171 cm. At any rate, it is very pleasant, you can’t feel it underfoot. Its active edge is pretty long and contributes to a good grip on...

Advanced Mountain Kit The North Face

Advanced Mountain Kit The North Face

The North Face is accustomed to presenting innovations on a regular basis, and provides the means to do so. This fall, it is the launch of a complete range for mountaineering, the Advanced Mountain Kit, which is at the heart of the brand’s news. It is a very high-end...

class struggle at the top

class struggle at the top

Last week was marked by a surprising debate. Some people wondered if the top of a mountain was the highest point or the more comfortable little flat spot below.What does this curious episode tell us? A dusty quibble of specialists around a few meters of snow? No....

The truth about Manaslu

The truth about Manaslu

Manaslu has been the talk of the town. Summit, not summit? One is tempted to say, it’s over. In a post published on October 13, the Himalayan Data Base, the venerable institution that took over Miss E. Hawley’s verification work, wrote: “With the...

Test ski : Majesty Superwolf Carbon 91

Test ski : Majesty Superwolf Carbon 91

Prise en main Dès la prise en main, voilà un ski que les amateurs de gros ski freeride voudront adopter. Un patin déjà confortable, sans être pour autant démesuré, qui laisse donc le champ libre à des montées aisées et des descentes toniques et réactives. Spatule...

Test ski : Dynastar M-Tour 99

Test ski : Dynastar M-Tour 99

Prise en main Au revoir le Mythic 97, voici le M-Tour 99, qui est totalement nouveau. Le Dynastar M-Tour 99 est à première vue taillé pour sortir des sentiers battus. Son shape général donne le ton : exit les pentes douces ou bien lisses et bienvenue au tout terrain...

A new major climb on La Meije South Face

A new major climb on La Meije South Face

At the end of August, Benjamin Ribeyre, Erin Smart and Cyril Dupeyré completed their project on the south face of the Meije, the opening of a new major route on the Doigt de Dieu. Mountain guide based in La Grave, Benjamin Ribeyre has a passion for the Reine Meije....

Verdon : the show must go on

Verdon : the show must go on

We will never get tired of seeing the mythical cliffs of the Verdon. Even better: it is his story that is summarized here in about twenty minutes. Alternating interviews with Bernard Vaucher, Bernard Gorgeon, Catherine Destivelle, Angelika Rainer, Lionel Catsoyannis...

David Roberts 1943 – 2021

David Roberts 1943 – 2021

Known in the climbing world as a mountaineer, author and the dean of adventure reporting, David Roberts has died at 78, August 20th. He was the author or cowriter of 32 books, including four that he finished after his throat cancer diagnosis. Australian mountaineer...

Riding down Piz Boè on a bike

Riding down Piz Boè on a bike

Guinness World Record holder Tom Oehler has taken trial mountain biking to new heights again. The 37-year-old Austrian, who holds the world records in bike high jump (3m, 9.8 ft, 2009, Kaprun, Austria) and 400m hurdles on a bike (44,62s, 2013, Linz, Austria), rode...

No room for mistakes !

No room for mistakes !

Mountain biking is on the rise, and trials athletes are having a field day when they accept a certain amount of commitment. Follow Austrian trials mountain biker, Tom Oehler, on his mission through the Dolomites, taking on the most exposed and extreme MTB trails he...

The invention of the fleece

The invention of the fleece

Everyone has one, or several, at home. 40 years ago, fleeces ousted woollens : offering just as much warmth, they are water-repellent, wind-proof, breathable and cosy ; an ideal combination in the mountains. But how did fleeces, a game changer for outerwear, come...

Millet Trilogy 15+ backpack

Millet Trilogy 15+ backpack

Getting started At first glance, this Millet Trilogy 15+ bag is a strange object. Is it a trail bag with its large shoulder straps and helmet holders? Is it a mountaineering bag with its ice axe holders? Or a ski bag with ski racks?  Or is it a climbing bag with its...

Chamonix, mountain film capital past and present

Chamonix, mountain film capital past and present

From 9 to 13 June, Chamonix Mont-Blanc hosted its first mountain film festival, and we saw many of you there ! Such a festival was a natural choice for the “world capital of mountaineering”, which has attracted film-makers for over a century and provided backdrops for...

The Golden Pillar

The Golden Pillar

The Golden Pillar of the Spantik owes its name to the orange-pink marble which captures the light of the setting sun. It has often been compared to large alpine routes such as the Walker Spur, but the Walker starts at 3000 meters and climbs to 4000, while the pillar...

[Teaser] JULIA, the story of Julia Chanourdie

[Teaser] JULIA, the story of Julia Chanourdie

Julia-Teaser from Alpine Mag Pro on Vimeo. Julia Chanourdie made the most her time in 2020 without any competitions by sending her first 9a+ at the beginning of the year 2020 in Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux, France. In November 2020, at the same crag, she sent her first 9b...

ARCTERYX NORVAN SL2

ARCTERYX NORVAN SL2

You can innovate once on 1000 details, you can refine an innovation 1000 times, but you can’t put together 1000 novelties 1000 times. Or close to it. In short: Arcteryx is taking the world of footwear to the top. The quintessence of materials, perfection of...

SALOMON SENSE 4 PRO

SALOMON SENSE 4 PRO

We loved the Sense 3 Pro so much, which succeeded in conceiving the almost-impossible: to bring together all running profiles, to satisfy from 40 to 80 km or even more. Curiosity climaxes in 2020, and an indispensable award in 2021: the Sense 4 Pro remains a...

ASICS FUJI TRABUCO MAX

ASICS FUJI TRABUCO MAX

At last an Asics for ultra that meets all expectations! The ex-aficionados deplored successive innovations: where was the Asics expertise, what were those tenfold grips… The Fuji Trabuco Pro 2021 is simply full and harmonious. Precise fit and amazing lacing;...

Ski test : Dynafit Beast 98

Ski test : Dynafit Beast 98

Our test Size tested : 184 cm The Dynafit Beast 98 doesn’t have a very lifted tip, when you find yourself in deep or crusted snow you are quickly taken by surprise. You mustn’t lean forward, and be sure with your balance. In wide turns at high speed, if you put...

Yvon Chouinard : Some Stories

Yvon Chouinard : Some Stories

New book column ! Yvon Chouinard left his mark on El Capitan and Fitz Roy, and established the emblematic brand, Patagonia, having started out forging climbing equipment by hand. A collection of his writings, Some Stories is an autobiographical book which sheds light...

Test ski : Scott Superguide 95

Test ski : Scott Superguide 95

Prise en main Le Superguide 95 est dans la droite lignée de ses ancêtres Superguide de la marque Scott avec un ski ultra fiable à la finition mate impeccable. On l’a testé en deux tailles différentes : en 170 pour un skieur d’1m77, et en 178 pour un skieur...

Test ski : Black Diamond Helio Carbon 95

Test ski : Black Diamond Helio Carbon 95

Prise en main Chez Black Diamond, les skis de randonnée sont divisés en deux sous-catégories : les Helio Recon et les Helio Carbon. Tandis que ces derniers sont ultra-légers grâce à leur structure en fibre de carbone (associée à un noyau paulownia), les Recon sont eux...

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