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Category: Big Peaks

East Ridge (traverse), Breithorn AD- III-

East Ridge – Breithorn AD-, III- Route: East Ridge – Breithorn - Zermatt Category: Mountaineering Route Gallery: Route description: With such easy access from Zermatt using the lift system, the Breithorn is one of the most popular 4000m peaks of the Alps. The Breithorn, or “broad peak", stretches over two kilometres across the Zermatt skyline.  Although the normal route is an easy snow plod from the lift, the East ridge, or half traverse, is a brilliant mixed route with the bonus of a quick descent back to the lift station. After a glaciated approach, an often icy slope leading to...

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Hornli Ridge – Matterhorn AD, III-

Hornli Ridge – Matterhorn AD, III- Route: Hornli Ridge – Matterhorn - Zermatt Category: Mountaineering Route Gallery: Route description: The Matterhorn is one of the world's most recognisable mountains, standing tall and alone above the town of Zermatt in Switzerland. It’s an intimidating peak, with steep faces and ridge lines with no easy route to the summit. First climbed in 1865, the Matterhorn is steeped in legend and history. The epic story of the first ascent along with the north face are well worth a read. The Hornli ridge is the standard route up the mountain, and is essentially a...

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Arete Freshfield – Tour Ronde AD, III

Arete Freshfield – Tour Ronde AD, III Route: Arete Freshfield – Tour Ronde - Chamonix Category: Mountaineering Route Gallery: Route description: The Tour Ronde stands out amongst the peaks in the Vallee Blanche, with it's North Face plainly visible from the Chamonix side and Aiguille du Midi. There are many routes to the summit, including the North Face and other harder mixed/ice routes. The East arete from the Col Freshfield offers an interesting and varied route, including steep snow/ice and airy rock arêtes. Its a great training climb for other longer routes as some of the difficulties can be...

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Normal Route – Dent du Geant AD, IV

Dent du Geant, Italy Route: Normal Route – Dent du Geant - Chamonix Category: Mountaineering Route Gallery: Route description: One of the most spectacular 4000m summits in the alps, the Dent du Geant sticks out from the surrounding peaks drawing the eye from miles around. It's an impressive rock formation that attracts a lot of attention from mountaineers, and it is not uncommon to have to queue on busy summer days. The Dent du Geant (giants tooth) was first climbed by the South-West face using artificial aid and fixed ropes, and this style of climbing continues on this route...

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Mont Blanc – Italian pope route PD+

Mont Blanc - Italian Pope (normal) Route PD+ Route: Italian Pope route (Aiguilles Grises) -  Mont Blanc - Courmayeur - Italy Category: Mountaineering Route Gallery: Route description: A long but magnificent expedition on the wild side of Mont Blanc, more serious and committing than the Gouter route, the route starts from valley level and involves over 3000m of ascent. With no lift access, this is a physically demanding way to ascend Mont Blanc. No crowds and with a wild and remote feeling, you will need good crampon skills for the airy snow aretes on the ridge before the Dome du Gouter. Descending the...

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Summit selfie on the Domes du Miage this morning.
A great trip from the Conscrits Refuge and a ski all the way down to the valley floor.

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