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lurking

I hung out at the top of the aiguille du midi . That is all.

Climbers on the cosmic ridge

cosmique ridge

cosmique ridge

people walking on the white desert toward the refuge des grand mulets and mont blanc summit

voie normal mont blanc

voie normal mont blanc

By far my favorite ski run.the south west face of les droites. Not the hardest, steepest or most bad ass by today’s standard but my favorite. One of my ambition was to climb the north face and ski that face. Never found the partner to do it with…

west face les droite

west face les droite

the tour ronde north face with all the satellites : adolphe rey, or de siam, capucin. great memories, great summits, great climbs. and ski.

north face tour ronde, pointe adolphe rey, grand capucin

north face tour ronde, pointe adolphe rey, grand capucin

dent du géant

dent du géant

dent du géant

skiers in the rond

skiers in the rond

skiers

skiers

cervin, grand combin, triolet

cervin, grand combin, triolet

choucas

choucas

radness

radness

mont blanc du tacul

mont blanc du tacul

shaffer

shaffer

And of course, a wing suit pilot jumped…

wing suit. aiguille du midi

wing suit. aiguille du midi


Refuge des grand Mulets

the refuge des grand mulets is one of my favorite refuge. Sitting on a rock at 3000 meters in an ocean of chaos. It is on the original itinerary of Mont blanc summit and now is used mostly by skiers in spring. I may do a trip there this year. most likely.

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steeps

This past 20 days i haven’t skied at all but the conditions were all time and i watched the history of steep skiing unfold …it was very entertaining. The cult of self providing 3 min bad video footages and mostly bad pictures of everyone’s steep descents all over the social medias. While it was all bad quality it was showing a nice view of the steep skiing phenomena …I was baffled by the amount of good alpinists and skiers tackling 5.4 and 5.5 runs all over the mont blanc massif. I lived in chamonix for 10 years , not an alpinist, it took me 4 years before i could get on the north faces of the midi or runs on the argentiere basin north faces. I never heard of anyone skiing the north faces of the midi or the col de la verte within my first 4 years. Today with the new gear technology, every alpinists can ski and every skier is better. It takes less than a season learning skiing for an alpinist to tackle a 5.4 run which on an alpinist point of view is just a easy descent they usually run down on crampons. I saw young skiers skiing the mallory on their first season in chamonix (with a friend alpinist or guide) . So, anytime things are good (global warming helping), people line up on every run. This past 20 days was the biggest so far with every ski runs in the argentiere basin north face skied by minimum 10 people, sometime 20 people or more , the aiguille du plan north faces , pain de sucre, frendo, all the runs on the aiguille du midi skied by many. Most with huge G.S turns at mack2. Amazing. If, people were less competitive, less self centered, the medias/industry more unifying, interested and honest, the best ski movie of all time could have been made this steep season including rock star pros as well as struggling sponsored dirt bags and all the other passionate freaks. Instead, we will hear about some privileged prefabricated super hero athletes skiing whatever something in the alps or exotic location in a fabricated story with all sort of superlatives and logos claiming first decent of a 30 meters variations … I randomly stumbled on the descent of the Nant blanc by Alex Pittin, tony Lamiche and Hélias Millerioux. The nant blanc face is the most impressive, intimidating , steep and exposed face visible from the valley. The climbing is a D+ the skiing a 5.5. It  was first skied by J.M Boivin in june 1989, repeated on snowboard by Marco Siffredi in june 1999. repeated again by Pierre Tardivel and Stephane Brosse in june 2009 and then by 2 of the T-crew  and more (?). This mid April, Pittin (ex world cup skier) with tony Lamiche (guide, 9A rock climber ,  alpinist, skier) and Hélias Millerioux (guide, top alpinist, hangs out on Nupse with colin haley and ueli steck) were the first on this face, arguably the most beautiful face visible from the valley. I enjoyed the descent with Alex pittin’s father who was a little stressed and I took some photos. It was very nice. A very clean descent from first bin grand montet on sight. I’ve never been interested in skiing that face myself. I would need an alpinist for partner on that one. But you never know, 5 years from now, that face might get good from january on, until then ,  this face will get skied a lot more in the next month or so…

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This is the argentiere basin north faces , All those approximate red lines show the ski runs, in the past 20 days , each one of those receive between 10 to 30 skiers.

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argentiere basin

 

 

this is the top of the aiguille verte, on the top left you can see 3 skiers going up. they skied down the couturier (i saw 9 skiers that day going that way). on the right of the calotte, you can see  helias millerious,tony lamiche,  alex pittin getting involved in the Nant blanc face.

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

 

 

this is Alex father watching the descent a little stressed.

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nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant  blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nan blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin

nant blanc, helias millerious,tony lamiche, alex pittin


a stormy rond and cosmique . a sunny valley blanche

jeremy heitz, laurent gauthier, leo slemmett, christopher baud, logan pehota

jeremy heitz, laurent gauthier, leo slemmett, christopher baud, logan pehota

leo slemmett

leo slemmett

jeremy heitz

jeremy heitz

laurent gauthier

laurent gauthier

laurent gauthier

laurent gauthier

jeremy heitz

jeremy heitz

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota

logan pehota


re-entry – Chamonix

Back in Chamonix , My friend from San Fransisco was at my flat for another day so i took him down the cosmique back to cham via the junction. The cosmic had been tracked and was OK but the junction was all time …what a beautiful way to come back and a memorable last day for my friend.

Johnathan Jacobs

next day 10 of us took a heli up the petit mont blanc to ski the super classic bonatti couloir to celebrate our friend lionel hatchemi aka so-connard birthday . A classic day. so-local. next morning was hang over day.

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we went with tof henry to try to shoot something nice but it wasn’t in the way we wanted.

tof henry

tof henry

tof henry


Image

Minna and the view

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Dicks, pussies and blasphemy. Charlie Hebdo

it is a sweet delicacy to dive neck deep in fluffy snow after such a dark and heavy period where the French were hit at the very heart of their laic culture of blasphemy and irreverence towards the rich-powerful sacred and not , they were hit deep in the altar giving us corrosive and offensive humour targeting the absurdities of our world. The leftists French laic will remain impertinent and insolent against power , tyranny and intolerance sacred or not …hopefully.

One classic grand montet storm day followed by one classic la palud blue bird day were perfect to forget this absurd world. Powder all the way.

A shameless storm day At Grand Montet

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brendon

ben briggs

brendon, ben briggs

minna riihimaki

michelle blaydon, ross hewitt, bruno compagnet, minna riihimaki

michelle blaydon, ross hewitt, bruno compagnet, minna riihimaki

michelle blaydon, ross hewitt, bruno compagnet, minna riihimaki

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Irreverent face shots

An Offensive day in la Palud, Italy

bruno compagnet

minna riihimaki

tomaso cardelli

tomaso cardelli

tomaso cardelli

minna riihimaki

minna riihimaki

mina riihimaki, tomaso cardelli

mina riihimaki, tomaso cardelli

mina riihimaki, tomaso cardelli

tomaso cardelli

minna riihimaki

tomaso cardelli

Galleria


La Palud , once more.

A lot of good skiing to be had up there. Big and steep or not. We chose not. Wandering.

pondering the entreve

pondering the entreve

mont blanc

mont blanc


cosmo jazz

cosmojazz

cosmojazz

cosmojazz


summer

between the rain and the job; Some climbing, biking…

blaitiere, ciseaux, fou, moon

blaitiere, ciseaux, fou, moon

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Benoit Sancesario-Lasson- mont blanc

Eva Eskilsson on peigne


sunsets

I am working night shift so I am waking up to this everyday…

mont blanc, mont maudit, tacul

mont blanc, mont maudit, tacul

aiguille de chamonix: grand charmoz, Grepon

aiguille de chamonix: grand charmoz, Grepon

aiguille de chamonix: blaitiere, ciseaux, fou

aiguille de chamonix: blaitiere, ciseaux, fou


I only climb with hot chicks

I’am glad ski season is over. The relentless mind dithering- i want to go i dont want to go dont go go go no yes no -was driving me crazy. The slow cotemplative pace of climbing, the safety of the rope just feels better for now. i suck at climbing but i like it.

eperon des cosmique. voie rebuffat

Eva Eskilsson, anna caesar

Eva Eskilsson, anna caesar

hand crack

hand crack

Eva Eskilsson

Eva Eskilsson

Eva Eskilsson

Eva Eskilsson

Eva Eskilsson

 anna caesar

anna caesar

Eva Eskilsson

Eva Eskilsson

 anna caesar

anna caesar

Eva Eskilsson

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Gallery

May powder: a mid may morning run down the cosmique


a hang over afternoon of sort in the rond

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Gallery

Une BeLLe Journee .

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Midi opening day with ben briggs and christian cabanilla

It is always good to have someone under 25 years old you can send first in that situation…Ben Briggs was the kid today although …I had to clean the south ridge myself. And you always need a virgin , It was Chris Cabanilla first midi run, so… … Its good and wild out there!

ps: i posted a lot of pictures, not because they are good (it was white out) but so you can assess the amount of snow around…
Alone in the bin with christian cabanilla and ben briggs
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send the kids first

ben briggs

and the virgin: Christian cabanilla  looking good.

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Ben Briggs

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christian cabanilla raping
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christian cabanilla
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chris cabanilla
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here they are

ueli steck -jon griffith


ueli steck-jon griffith


Can You See The Climbers: Ueli Steck and Jon Griffith

Ueli Steck and Jon Griffith on a winter ascent of the dru last winter

I cranked up the saturation to see their bright jacket!


variation.

No pictures on a 80cm fresh layer . my lens was foggy on a good shot.











blue bird










the window

the spring weather patterns are making the weatherman look like a hysterical junky who took a bunch of acid before writing his forecast. However, we found a window big enough for a kaw-aw-wing crowmonkey, a growling goat, a punkviking a few frenchies some yankees ..later followed by more vikings and one south african.





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poudreuse with a view


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mark shelp


mark shelp


john minogue


john minogue


nicklas hansen


nicklas hansen


david rosenbarger


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cosmique Marginalities

BEST cosmique EVER.5 stars. My friend Kevin is here for (only) another 3 days. a trip to cham isnt a trip to cham if you dont “DO” the cosmique. right?. whatever. we went there because we like it that way. too. And maybe …It could have been really good. like one of those days. surprise. no. IT was marginal. completely un -even and disfigured dismembered of sort. I and Mark still managed to enjoy it and Kevin did really good on his first marginal cosmique run . I dont remember the last time i had to traverse all the way to mid, looks like it sucks on a snowboard. Did I mention we were the only ones there? In april? blue bird powder day? that is 5 stars. (just a bunch of fuckin pussies)











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