Ludwigshohe (4341m)

July 11, 2011

With the goal to climb Mont-Blanc, we went to Italy for practice and acclimatization. Day 1 we climbed using a 4×4 (felt like a true Expedition…) from Gressoney to Passo Salati and then there is a brand new lift to Punta Indren. That’s where we really started walking (one hour) using the high track, up […]


Mount Washington

March 5, 2011

March 4 was my birthday. March 4 was also my first real challenge climbing a mountain, alpine style, during the winter. Here is the description of the central gully route, copied from, an excellent site: A very nice route for someone’s first “alpine” ascent. The slope is a sustained 40 to 50 degrees with […]



February 28, 2011

So I’m improving my climbing skills. I learned how to climb “en moulinette”, got my certification, and now climb around twice a week. I had a hard time making all the 5.5 of the gym, but finally did it. I succeeded my first 5.6, and currently work on my first 5.6 with a overhang. Cool […]


Mountaineering training

January 10, 2011

So my quest to prepare Aconcagua started early this year. My ultimate goal would be to do the Aconcagua via the polish route. This means that I need to gain a lot more experience with roping, crampons, … So I took a course with Well done, but it demonstrated to me that I was […]



December 8, 2010

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 m (22,841 ft), and the highest mountain outside Asia. It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the Argentine province of Mendoza. Aconcagua is the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. It is one of the Seven Summits.


Coming back down is mandatory

December 5, 2010

“Getting to the summit is optional, coming back down is mandatory” (Le sommet est optionnel, revenir est obligatoire). Ed Viesturs, premier américain à avoir atteint les 14 sommets de plus de 8000 mètres sur la planète et ce, sans l’apport d’oxygène additionnel.