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Mont Blanc: The Finest Routes

The Mont Blanc Massif: The 100 Finest Routes.Rebuffat, GastonMountaineers Books1996The definitive hard backed 'inspirational' guide to the Mont Blanc area, illustrated throughout. The internationally renowned Gaston Rébuffat here provides an outstandingly comprehensive step-by-step description of his 100 finest climbing routes in the Mont Blanc massif. The author begins by taking the reader up the fairly simple routes, such as the traverse from the Clocher to the Clochetons de Planpraz and the South-East arête of the Aiguille de I'Index, gradually progresses to the more difficult routes of the Gervasutti Couloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul and the Hirondelles arête on the Grandes Jorasses, and finally climaxes in the superb climbs on the Droites North Face and the Central Pillar of Frêney on Mont Blanc.Each route has at least a double-page spread of text, photographs and a map of the area of the route. Rébuffat explains his reasons for choosing the individual route and then gives information on the first ascent, height, difficulty, time, equipment, starting point and an account in outline and detail of the ascent and, where necessary, the descent as well. Rébuffat's vivid and authoritative text is made even more exciting by the numerous exceptionally beautiful photographs and specially drawn maps. The translation by Drs Jane and Colin Taylor reproduces faithfully the quality and style of the original French text. Colin Taylor will already be well-known to many mountaineers as the General Editor of the Alpine Club guidebooks which include this area.08988647710898864771Guidebooken has been prime source of inspiration for many an alpinist. Now there appear to be new version out: Mont Blanc: The Finest Routes.Batoux, PhilippeVertebrate Publishing2013Mont Blanc - The Finest Routes is a collection of the 100 must-do climbing routes in the Mont Blanc Massif. Modern alpinism is a multi-faceted activity for which the Mont Blanc Massif is the perfect playground. Classic routes to which every mountaineer can aspire are surrounded by the towering rock faces, huge mixed walls, precipitous ice shields, serrated ridges and narrow gullies that define the massif's harder climbs. In order to attain these prestigious summits via the most interesting itineraries, this book presents a modern selection of 100 must-do routes, ranging from historic classics to more recent lines, described in order of increasing difficulty. Author and mountain guide Philippe Batoux provides a comprehensive account of each route, outlining its history and atmosphere and giving all the technical information needed to climb it. These written descriptions are complemented by photo diagrams and detailed topos. In addition, every route is illustrated with superbly evocative photos that make best use of the book's large format. The routes were chosen for the quality of the rock, the reliability of the in-situ gear, the beauty of the surroundings, the prestige of the summit and the enthusiasm the route inspires. Preference has been given to routes in the modern idiom, whether they are gullies that only form in winter, difficult free climbs on high-altitude cliffs, long ridge scrambles or traverses of major summits. There are routes here for all tastes, from famous classics such as the Cosmiques Ridge on the Aiguille du Midi, the American Direct on the Petit Dru, the Whymper Couloir on the Aiguille Verte, the Walker Spur on the Grandes Jorasses and the Kuffner Ridge on Mont Maudit to more recent gems such as Je t'ai conquis, Je t'adore on Pointe Lepiney, No Siesta on the Grandes Jorasses and Le Vent du Dragon on the Aiguille du Midi.97819061486459781906148645Guidebooken haven't seen it myself yet, but I'm sure it is worthy addition to guidebook library of anyone comtemplating a visit to the area.

A collection of the 100 must-do climbs in the Mont Blanc Massif - Rebuffat for the modern age! Modern alpinism is a multi-faceted activity for which the Mont Blanc Massif is the perfect playground. Classic routes to which every mountaineer can aspire are surrounded by the towering rock faces, huge mixed walls, precipitous ice shields, serrated ridges and narrow gullies that define the massif's harder climbs. In order to attain these prestigious summits via the most interesting itineraries, this book presents a modern selection of 100 must-do routes, ranging from historic classics to more recent lines, described in order of increasing difficulty. Author and mountain guide Philippe Batoux provides a comprehensive account of each route, outlining its history and atmosphere and giving all the technical information needed to climb it. These written descriptions are complemented by photo diagrams and detailed topos. In addition, every route is illustrated with superbly evocative photos that make best use of the book's large format.

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