Bivouac at the top of La Meije, 3983 M

Bivouac at the top of La Meije, 3983 M

Le Grand Pic de La Meije

    It's been a long time since I curled up in my sleeping bag, I have no idea what time it is when I hear the sound of ice pellets starting to fall. Just before the arrival of the night we had the chance to see the magnificent spectacle of an active cumulonimbus over the Mont Blanc massif. This noise of precipitations makes me think that other clouds have developed and that this bivouac at Grand Pic de la Meije may be much less comfortable than expected. I dare look up at the sky, and this one is all…

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Ski down Mont Blanc, 16th and 17th of June 2018

Mont Blanc skis

After a long  preparation and period of bad weather conditions in French Alps this spring 2018, we finally decide to ski Mont Blanc up and down, through his north face. This spring is really complicate. Indeed, many problems appears for us, more than a bad weather we have to compose with technicals problems with the cable car of Aiguille du Midi and access to the Grands Mulets hut. We had decided to climb Mont Blanc from this hut, north ridge of Dome du Gouter and Bosses ridge, and ski down the north face, Petit plateau and Grand plateau. This way…

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Lyngen traverse, the magic line

Lyngen traverse, the magic line

The Lyngen Traverse,   The Lyngen traverse is a 7 days ski touring trip, conceived and created in a very professional way by Mikal Nerberg, a great Norwegian certified mountain guide, based in Lyngseidet.     This traverse propose 12 000 m vertical drop and 130 km long. The both Lyngen's peninsulas have some open huts, but of course without host and with too much distance between each. Here is the magic trick of Mikal, because he rents private huts in the valleys and supplies all the food for all the days in the cabins.          …

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Ski & Sail, east Lofoten, Norway, april 2018

Ski & Sail Lofoten

Ski & Sail, Norvège   From the 7th to 14th of april 2018, I have worked as a ski touring guide in east Lofoten, around Harstad This Sail & Ski trip is organized every year by Fred Buttard - Upguides. This is multi days itinerant trip, transportation and accommodations are managed by Jan Fasting  and his boat.   Jan knows very well this place, he boats around here for more than 25 years. Jan is a great captain, a very good chef and he is a good skier as well. All his knowledges will really help during the trip In this…

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Ski on Norwegian sea Islands

ski touring Kvaloya

Ringsvassoya, Kvaloya, Ski on Norwegian sea Islands, april 2108       I've left French Alps and La Grave for the rest of that 2018 ski season and  the 1 rs of april  I'm in Tromso.  I' ll ski two days with Julian and 2 friends around there. We arrive all together in Tromso after an important snow falls period and many days of level 4 avalanch risk. The forecast is good. We ski the both days in a beautiful sun, no wind and cold temperatures.   Skis possibilities around Tromso are so many, in one hour driving from city center…

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Ski around Tromso, Vulkana Trip mars 2108

Vulkana

Vulkana trip,  The boat is an easy way for transportation in Norway, skis as well, and Norwegians people understood that for a long time.     Associating those two activities allows to discover hidden spots. In march 2018, I realized my first boat and ski trip, on Vulkana boat an old and quite big fishermen boat.       During that trip, I'm skiing with Mikal, a great Norwegian mountain guide and a group of friendly skiers from Luxembourg, mainly around Lyngendsfjord, and Lyngen Alps.         This winter 2108, mid of march the snow pack is thin,…

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Ski in Val Ferret, Italy, February 2018

Grandes Jorasses

Ski in Val Ferret, Italy If there are some magical spots in alps made for ski touring, Val Ferret is one of those   Located in south of Mont Blanc, exactly on the bottom foot of Rochefort-Jorasse south faces, Val Ferret is drawn for ski touring. In the heart of this preserved natural area, we find Bonatti hut.   Here all things are brought together to success in 3 or 4 days ski trip.   From the 9th to 12th of february 2018, we enjoyed this place in fantastic snow and ski conditions. Coming from Aiguille du midi, and crossing…

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Aconcagua, February 2013

    Aconcagua, january and february 2013 Aconcagua ( 6962m ) in Argentina is the highest peak of America. It is higher with more 700 meters than Denali Peak in Alaska. What is very special in Aconcagua is the extreme weather it can be. Low temperatures and incredibly strong winds can prevent all ascents of the summit during weeks. The Aconcagua is a very famous and popular peak in south America. Over there are a lot of climbers in all the different base camp. We can find there painters, musicians, lonesome fit "trailers" and as well classical tourists who just bought…

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Peru, september 2009

Trekking in Peru, september and october 2009     In these beginning of autumn 2009, I had the chance to realize a beautiful trekking in Peru, in Cordilliera Vilacanota, south est of Cusco : tour of Ausangate ( 6384 m ). This trip in Peru was on 3 weeks, the Ausangate tour was the most important part of the trip, made of one a touristic side and one alpine side. The Ausangate have taken a large part of the trip. After arrive in Cusco, a short acclimatization period and a Machu Picchu visit, we start the trekking . The higher…

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