The Mont Blanc Massif
The Hundred Finest Routes
- Gaston Rébuffat
- Hardback (240pp)
- 07 Apr 2005
The Mont Blanc Massif is a true classic; an iconic mountaineering work of art. In it, Gaston Rébuffat – one of the finest mountaineers of his generation – presents his 100 greatest climbs in the Mont Blanc range, the finest and most accessible alpine climbing area in the world.
This celebrated large-format guidebook remains the classic coffee-table guide to the greatest range in the Alps. As inspirational as it is informative, the book contains both beautiful photos and clear topos; thoroughly exciting writing and concise route directions. Its inspiring commentary has encouraged countless novice mountaineers and its wide spread of routes has sent numerous experienced Alpinists out on new climbs.
This latest edition contains many additional historical notes and photos and also advice on previous training areas that are no longer useful as a result of climate change. An alternative route is added to replace the celebrated Bonatti Pillar of the Dru that collapsed in June 2005.
That the book remains as popular as ever, 20 years after the author's death, is a testament to Rébuffat and clear proof of the book’s enduring relevance.
Gaston Rébuffat was born in Marseille, France in 1921 and died of cancer in Paris in 1985. He was one of the best French climbers in the mid-20th century. He began to climb aged 14 on his home crags, the soaring limestone cliffs at the Calenques along the Mediterranean shore and Mont Sainte-Victoire. Every summer he migrated north to climb in the Alps above Chamonix. Rébuffat became the first climber to ascend the six great north faces of the Alps. He was also a key member on the 1950 French expedition that climbed Annapurna, the first 8,000-metre peak ever climbed. Over his 50-year climbing career, he made over a thousand first ascents, including many in the Mont Blanc massif. Besides being a prolific climber, Gaston Rébuffat became a foremost mountaineering writer, despite having a very minimal fomal education He wrote 20 books, wrote a regular climbing column for Le Monde newspaper, started his own publishing house in Geneva, and wrote and narrated several award-winning films.
- Title: The Mont Blanc Massif
- Sub-title: The Hundred Finest Routes
- Author: Gaston Rébuffat
- Imprint: Bâton Wicks
- ISBN: 978-1-898573-69-2
- Publication date: April 2005
- Edition: First
- Format: Hardback
- Size: 260mm x 225mm
- Extent: 240 pages; B&W text, 104 diagrams, 278 photos (some colour)
- Weight: 1,240g
- Retail price: £30
‘This is a superbly handsome book and cannot fail to inspire both the accomplished alpinist and new hand alike.’
Simon Richardson, Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal
‘The nearest thing to pornography I’ve ever put on proud display in my living room: The Mont Blanc Massif: The hundred finest routes by the revered Gaston Rébuffat.’
Tom Hutton, Footless Crow Blog