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Mountaineering in the Mont Blanc Range

Classic Snow, Ice and Mixed Climbs

ISBN:
978-1-906148-81-2
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Paperback (96pp)
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  • Paperback £14.95
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Mountaineering in the Mont Blanc Range showcases the most beautiful lower grade snow, ice and mixed climbs (F to AD+) in the seemingly inexhaustible Mont Blanc Range. The routes described in this book should be within the capabilities of almost all mountaineers.

Reflecting all recent changed topographical conditions due to the steady glacial retreat created by climate change, authors Jean-Louis Laroche and Florence Lelong have selected 36 climbs from across the range, which are easily accessible from well appointed mountain huts, useful téléphériques and mountain railways.

The routes described are an ideal introduction to the climbing in this magnificent area. They are on snow or mixed ground and, distributed among the main glacier basins, they will enable you to visit a representative selection of summits along the full length of the range. Among them are some of the finest classics, including: the North Face of the Tête Blanche; the Whymper Route on the Aiguille d’Argentière; the Cosmiques Ridge of the Aiguille du Midi; the Normal Route, Contamine-Grisolle, and Chèré Couloir on the Mont Blanc du Tacul; and of course a choice of routes on Mont Blanc itself.

Each route features a detailed and comprehensive route description, a sketch map and a route summary detailing the start point, difficulty, timings, height gain, best time of year and the gear required. Beautifully illustrated with photos that show both the lie of the land and also the haunting beauty of the fabulous peaks of the Mont Blanc Range, this guide clearly indicates alpinism’s continued popularity to climbers of all ages.

Jean-Louis Laroche is a mountain guide, photographer and freelance journalist. As a Mont Blanc enthusiast for over 30 years he has climbed most of the classics on rock, ice, snow and mixed ground. He has pioneered new rock routes in the pre-Alps, as well as icefalls and has been on expeditions to remote areas. 

Florence LeLong is a freelance photographer, illustrator, mountain leader and alpinist who seeks to share with us her passion for the realms of nature which light reveals to us. Co-author of several photographic books, she also exhibits and does press and publishing work. Laroche and LeLong run a business called Alpinisme-Escalades.

Adapted from a translation by Blyth Wright.

  • Title: Mountaineering in the Mont Blanc Range
  • Sub-title: Classic Snow, Ice & Mixed Climbs
  • Authors: Jean-Louis Laroche & Florence Lelong
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-906148-81-2
  • Rights: Great Britain, Ireland, Europe, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand.
  • Publication date: 17 March 2014
  • Edition: Second (First published by Bâton Wicks)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 225mm x 140mm
  • Extent: 96 pages
  • Weight: 230g
  • Retail price: £14.95

The pictures are simply stunning… a happy reminder that, even after thirty years, I have several lifetimes of climbing to do.
- Andy Perkins, Mountain Guide

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