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Mt Blanc

Discussion in 'Backcountry Trip Reports' started by Boodwah, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Boodwah

    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorry, a little wordy.
    Kept the photos down to <100!
    Click on a photo to make bigger, slideshow and skip text.
    Merci.
    http://boodoir.blogspot.fr
     
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  2. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    great work, I'm sure that took you ages to create.

    Can I offer a suggestion? change the text colour to say red. the white text is quite difficult to read on the picture backgound.
     
  3. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bravo.

    That's all I can manage.
     
  4. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Excellent [​IMG]
     
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    Brillant.

    Thank you.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    Whiteman A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Izzy One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bravo! [​IMG]
     
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  10. Edgecrusher

    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Loved the write up and the background to your epic ascent. It read as if it was almost overwhelmingly personal and emotional for you to climb that mountain.
     
  11. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just read it again.

    I too want to be an unrepentant phoquer.

    My French is also effluent so I am on my way.
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  13. cqen2l

    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Spectacular Boodwah. [​IMG]
     
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  14. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Simply brilliant.

    Congratulations on a successful climb, descent and excellent write up - thank you.
     
  15. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Magnifique!
    Both the physical achievement and the philosophical musing which accompanies that are worthy of great respect.
     
  16. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    In retrospect.... can this qualify as post of the year? Not strictly posted here but linked. But seriously inspirational stuff.
     
  17. DJM

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    Congrats mate. That beer was well deserved! Brilliant.
     
  18. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    wot he said.
     
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  19. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Meanwhile on the Chamonix FB page the Mont Blanc speed record has just been broken by Killian Jornet, to the summit from the church and back, 4h57m. Nuts.
     
  20. Edgecrusher

    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    His achievements are astonishing. I loved his climb from Courmayeur, via the Innominata Ridge to the Mt Blanc summit, and then down to Chamonix:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh_dvyJXJwc

    The fact he runs down the Bosses ridge is crazy.
     
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  21. 2nd_String_QB

    2nd_String_QB Hard Yards

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    Brilliant write up Boodwah. My envy meter is up to 11...
     
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    andrew7 Hard Yards

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    Simply incredible, beautifully written. Makes my standing up top of Meribel 2 years ago gazing over at Mt Blanc seem a little sedate! But what a beautiful part of the world...
     
  23. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah beautifully written boodoir

    im feeling the 3 way pull of family-work-fun big time today, so it was nice to see someone getting out there, but also keeping all the risks and important bits in mind
     
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    stuarth Addicted Endless Winter

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    Congratulations on a great ascent and ski. The photos of the peaks at dawn and the last photo are particularly beautiful. I hope you find opportunities to take more of both.
     
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    Your best TR.
    Superb subject.
    Preparation...
    And your candor.
     
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    Wow Wow WOw
    No other words!
     
  27. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    A sensational story line and achievement.

    Thank you for sharing. I passed it on to a couple of young blokes to have a read for inspiration.
     
  28. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    sara777 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Excellent! My friend is climbing Mt Blanc in August, have forwarded it to him [​IMG]
     
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    Apresski Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    What a wonderful report and beautifully presented, thank you so much for sharing your story.
     
  31. Izzy

    Izzy One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I can't seem to get my head around this. It just doesn't compute!!!
     
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  32. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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  33. SkiMountaineer

    SkiMountaineer One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Awesome writeup. I had arranged to do the same thing in 2011 but ended up coming home to live in Australia. But it is still a dream of mine.

    You would have to be a robot if the Mt Blanc Massif didn't stir up something inside you. When I first took my wife to Cham we arrived after dark. The next morning when she awoke I opened the curtains and told her to look out and up. She was blown away and suddenly understood my need to be in those mountains for two weeks every January. I would hang out with a guide and flick through my copy of Anselme Baud's "Mt Blanc & the Aiguilles Rouges" highlighting potential peaks to bag and lines to ski.

    There really is nothing more thrilling than taking calculated risks and being so close to potential death. As Stefano de Benedetti summarises “In the perfect moment, I was so concentrated. There was no space for other thoughts. When you want to make a turn and you are at the top of a steep vertical wall. I mean when you are in the situation that if you fall you die, everything changes. You think very much about turning. You think very much about where to turn, and you do all this in a very special way. You act like a different person, you act with all yourself. You are making a completely different experience and in some way you are discovering yourself. This is the magic of the mountain. You can accept to die for this, you don’t want to die, but to live so close to the possibility of dying you understand what is really important, and what is not. And this makes you a better person. It’s probably the highest moment of my life, because in the perfect moment I was, or I felt to be, a little superman.â€

    My life insurance specifically excludes mountaineering, and I would take out special insurance just for my weeks there.
     
  34. mr

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    i assume thats via la jonction, the original direct route? i walked up to the top of the glacier junction there and back from the township and maybe it took 4 hrs. He must have sprinted this bit.....
     
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  35. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Never mind those speed records Team Beams have a vacancy for Wipper Snipper Team Leader for many hours of work over the summer months..

    They would be happy to receive a CV from Killian.....

    Bears are sounding enthusiastic....they think they can put these physical attributes towards better track maintenance....

    Team Bears like the pics and travel log of Mt Blanc adventure.
    Some nice reflections on self here....
     
  36. Undies

    Undies Pizza! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Awesome TR!
     
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  37. Boodwah

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    Thanks all, some kind words. Looking forward to catching some of you down under this season (if it ever snows...)
     
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    Super duper TR dude.

    Seems we are getting quite poetic about this place.
     
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    ^, this!
     
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  40. Boodwah

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    Super cool when you zoom in.
     
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    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good view of the construction crane on Pointe Helbronner. Crane operator would have one of the best jobs on a clear still day....and very entertaining with any breeze.
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    What's that last photo of? (Please excuse my ignorance here) but is it La Meije?
     
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    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good pick!
    I think so, but could be Barre des Ecrins
     
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    Yeah unlikely to be La Meije, it's a bit more pointy.