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Mont Blanc: The Finest Routes [Hardcover]

Philippe Batoux
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10 May 2013
Mont Blanc - The Finest Routes is a collection of the 100 must-do climbing routes in the Mont Blanc Massif. Modern alpinism is a multi-faceted activity for which the Mont Blanc Massif is the perfect playground. Classic routes to which every mountaineer can aspire are surrounded by the towering rock faces, huge mixed walls, precipitous ice shields, serrated ridges and narrow gullies that define the massif's harder climbs. In order to attain these prestigious summits via the most interesting itineraries, this book presents a modern selection of 100 must-do routes, ranging from historic classics to more recent lines, described in order of increasing difficulty. Author and mountain guide Philippe Batoux provides a comprehensive account of each route, outlining its history and atmosphere and giving all the technical information needed to climb it. These written descriptions are complemented by photo diagrams and detailed topos. In addition, every route is illustrated with superbly evocative photos that make best use of the book's large format. The routes were chosen for the quality of the rock, the reliability of the in-situ gear, the beauty of the surroundings, the prestige of the summit and the enthusiasm the route inspires. Preference has been given to routes in the modern idiom, whether they are gullies that only form in winter, difficult free climbs on high-altitude cliffs, long ridge scrambles or traverses of major summits. There are routes here for all tastes, from famous classics such as the Cosmiques Ridge on the Aiguille du Midi, the American Direct on the Petit Dru, the Whymper Couloir on the Aiguille Verte, the Walker Spur on the Grandes Jorasses and the Kuffner Ridge on Mont Maudit to more recent gems such as Je t'ai conquis, Je t'adore on Pointe Lepiney, No Siesta on the Grandes Jorasses and Le Vent du Dragon on the Aiguille du Midi.

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing (10 May 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1906148643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906148645
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 26.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philippe Batoux is an exceptional mountaineer who has travelled the globe seeking out the world's greatest climbs. He works as a mountain guide and instructor at France's national ski and mountaineering school in Chamonix. He has climbed all the routes he describes in this book, often in the company of today's most talented mountain photographers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 16 April 2014
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Read it, then You'll be aching to go out and try the routes described! Great photo's and good topo's. And a lot of routes to daydream about in the sofa as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 25 Feb 2014
By Mikey
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Great book full of amazing photos n descriptions that has definitely helped me decide on some routes for this summers trip! Now just need to get the wife to let me go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and full of information 16 Oct 2013
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The book is very nice and full of necessary information for planing of a trip to Chamonix or for inspiration only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 22 July 2013
By darren
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Lovely quality coffee table book, but really some fantastic routes arranged in difficulty level. Useful in planning a trip to Chamonix.
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