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Vintage Snow and Ice Climbing Tools

Seen here are the ice axe and crampons I purchased in Chamonix, France, in the summer of 1962. Chamonix is the alpine climbing center of Europe, located in a deep valley at the foot of Mt. Blanc and the vertiginous Aiguilles (Needles) … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 6 – Traverse of Mt. Blanc and other climbs

On July 31/August 1, 1962, I teamed up with a very friendly family of French climbers, to do the traverse of Mont Blanc, from west to east. To start, we drove down valley from Chamonix, to catch a chairlift at … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 4 – First Climbs Chamonix

Chamonix sits at the bottom of a narrow valley, 12,000′ below the summit of Mt. Blanc and 9000′ below the summits of the Aiguilles (Needles) de Chamonix. From town, the latter summits stand so steeply overhead that one’s neck gets … Continue reading

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