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Mont Blanc - the best granite in Europe
text and photographs by Roberto Rossi

Climbing on Mont Blanc's granite walls is an exceptional experience, unique in its kind. The splendour of the glacier deep below, the breathtaking panorama and the sharp reflection of the light reflecting off the snow cleans the mind while the fresh, thin air clears the spirit and the altitude inexorably tires the body. These are the sensations I encounter every time I return to the "satellites" to climb the steep granite faces, worn smooth by the elements and thousands of years of glacial erosion.

ITINERARY GRADE BEAUTY
Bettembourg - Thivierge TD+, 6b max
Contamine TD+, 6a+ max.
Eau et gaz à toutes les étages ED+, 7c max.
Elixier d’Astaroth ED+, 7a+ max, A2
Empire State Building ED+, 7c max
Gervasutti TD+, 6a+ max
Indurain tiene dos huevos ED, 7a max
Le Fou de l’Aiguille ABO-, 7b max
Les Intouchables ABO-, 7c+ max
Ligne Blanche ED, 7a+ max
Rébuffat TD+, 6A max.
Rébuffat D+, 6a max
Salluard TD-, 5+ max
Via degli Svizzeri ED-, 7b max.
Voyage selon Gulliver ED, 7a+ max

Immense corners and cracks, thin fissures and micro-edges – all those who have climbed on this incredible rock have immediately become addicted. All other climbs suddenly become mere training routes for the next trip back to the most beautiful granite in Europe!

But beware, because this is an alpine environment! The approach crosses a glacier and the weather can deteriorate severely from one moment to the next. Proper gear and clothing is indispensable therefore, as is a watchful eye on the weather and the forecast. Furthermore, all routes described here are trad routes and are therefore protected with natural gear.

Many thanks to Ferrino and Montura for providing the equipment and happy and safe climbing!
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Roberto Rossi climbing on Mont Blanc, France
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