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François PEYRON

François first became fascinated by mountains on seeing La Meije as a child. He went on to follow his dream of climbing, skiing, living and working in the mountains by qualifying as an IFMGA mountain guide, and he has been guiding in the Alps for more than 15 years. François is passionate about sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for mountain sports with other people.

Chamonix Mountain Guide

Tours d’Areu, Alcootest

This was a very enjoyable limestone rock route today with Didier in the Aravis range. The climb offers 7 pitches mostly vertical with a profusion of water pockets, and a few overhanging steps. Mont-Blanc in the background, among the autumn colours, look at the...

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Gran Paradiso 4061 m

First day of autumn yesterday. The chamois get more approachable, some larches start showing their yellow dress. For the climbers the air is quiet, you can take the best of the day light. We encountered strong bridges on the Lavecio glacier, the fresh snow was already...

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Amethystes point

Good conditions for many possible routes in Argentieres basin. This summit is 3586 m high. The normal route is a snow and ice ascent. Photos of the team during their ascent.

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Aletsch glacier

Oberland was a new place to discover for Elspeth, Adam and Scott. It took us 6 hours from the Eggishorn cable car to reach Konkordia hut, for 500 m of height gain (and some descent). When you look at the photos of the biggest alpine glacier you understand. We went...

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Eiger Mittellegi

Another classical route. The photos show the approach on the Eismeer glacier, the hut and the ridge, for yesterday's ascent, the descent on the southern ridge, normal route towards...

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Tout ça pour ça

Even on the Aiguilles Rouges crests, some fresh snow was melting down this morning. Good for the glaciers. But for climbing on rock, we chose Le Passet cliff, under 2000 m high. Lots of slabs in this route, some cracks and vertical passages. 8...

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Ascent and tour of Mont Tondu

This 3196 m high summit was classical and the common access was from Tré la Tête basin. But a river beside this big glacier makes it problematic. After a first cycling part, we therefore tried the winter ski route through the lakes Jovet, before descending the Mont...

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Glacier hiking

Discovery of Rognons glacier today, above the Argentieres basin. Our trip also surprised us with the find of a historic ski. 9 photos.

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Eperon de la Cicle

Beautiful AD+ rock climbing route 200 m long at altitude 2300 m, on the west side of the range. Access from Les Contamines. Photos

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Domes de Miages traverse

The Tré-la-tête glacier is the 3rd biggest one in France. This route offered to Andy, the two James' and Damian a lot of fresh snow and some rock on a classical ridge. Photos

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Rock at Val d’Aosta

The Chamonix mountains were slow to clear of clouds this morning after the rain. Corinne therefore decided with the guide to reach the Italian side for some Gneiss climbing. Lo Dzerby route,...

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Rock route at La Duchere

Quiet place on the western side of Mont-Blanc range, that cliff offers different styles of gneiss from 1 to 6 pitches. 10 minutes of walk from the parking. Cool atmosphere in the morning. Ascent...

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Contamine Negri and Mont Blanc du Tacul

Corinne joined the team today for a snow and ice NE route. The north wind helped keep us cool. The height gain to this 4248 m is around 850 m, to which you add 300 m to link Aiguille du Midi at the end. Photos for...

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Innominata ridge

Oscar wants to climb some challenging routes. The weather forecast was good for today, the technical rock pitches were dry, the couloir in the middle was snowy. Some parts of ice, avoidable for most of them. We went down through the normal route....

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Punta Innominata

This rocky summit on the Italian side of Mont-Blanc is 3730 m high. We chose yesterday the PD+ SE ridge, long. It's possible to come down along the Brouillard glacier, preferably in the morning....

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Les Cheserys cliff

After 45 minutes of approach, this site offers an important choice of pitches on gneiss rock slabs, cracks, walls. The glaciers are shining in the background, as well as the Aiguille Verte and the Chamonix needles. Oscar climbing...

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4000’s collection

A selected crop of summits since Wednesday for Wanzhu and Guancong : Naso del Lyskam 4272 m, not on the geographs official list, but offering 2 climbing pitches of ice at the moment, Pyramide Vincent 4215 m, Corno Nero (black horn) 4321 m, Ludwigshohe 4341 m, Parrot...

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