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Le jardin secret, Pointe de Blonnière: on the summit
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Le jardin secret, Pointe de Blonnière: Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez starting the descent
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Le jardin secret, Pointe de Blonnière: Vivian Bruchez negotiating the traverse
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The line Le jardin secret on the NE Face of Pointe de Blonnière, skied by Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez on 05/01/2021. In red the descent, in green where the ascent differs
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The Secret Garden on Pointe de Blonnière, new ski descent by Paul Bonhomme, Vivian Bruchez

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On 05/01/2021 Frenchmen Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez skied a new line on Mount Blonnière 2362m, Aravis, called The Secret Garden.

On 5 January 2021 French mountain guides Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez established a magnificent and difficult new ski descent on the East Face of Monte Blonnière 2362m France.

Bonhomme had noticed the line three years ago while repeating Les Jardins, a line further to the right first skied by Pierre Tardivel, but due to the fact that the route ascends and descends various different faces, he was forced to wait patiently for the right conditions to appear.

On the 4th of January 2020 Bonhomme made his way to the base of the mountain for a reccie, and returned early the next morning with Vivian Bruchez, with whom in 2018 he had made a rare repeat of Nant Blanc, ie the legendary NE Face of Aiguille Verte in the Mont Blanc massif.

The duo required just three hours to reach the summit before dropping in to complete what has been called Le Jardin Secret, the secret garden. The 650m line involves one ascent, includes one 30m abseil on the lower section of the route and has been graded 5.4 E4 overall.

Commenting after the descent, Bonhomme stated "The climb surprised us with its difficulty, the descent was great, the conditions just perfect."

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