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MONT BLANC MASSIF: THE 100 FINEST ROUTES Gaston Rebuffat Updated 1996 edition Tall hardcover DJ Fine
By Rebuffat, Gaston
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UK, 1996. 240 pp, 300 photos, 100 maps & route charts. In English. Fine. Large format hardcover with Dust Jacket.

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Considered one of the finest guidebook ever done! Described the 100 best snow and rock routes in the Mont Blanc Massif.  The book remains as popular as ever 35 years after the author’s death – clear proof of its enduring relevance.

The definitive hard backed inspirational guide to the Mont Blanc area, illustrated throughout, The internationally renowned Gaston Rébuffat here provides an outstandingly comprehensive step-by-step description of his 100 finest climbing routes in the Mont Blanc massif. 

The author begins by taking the reader up the fairly simple routes, such as the traverse from the Clocher to the Clochetons de Planpraz and the South-East aréte of the Aiguille de I Index, gradually progresses to the more difficult routes of the Gervasutti Couloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul and the Hirondelles aréte on the Grandes Jorasses, and finally climxes in the superb climbs on the Droites North Face and the Central Pillar of Fréney on Mont Blanc.

Gaston Rebuffat, one of the world's best Alpine guides, assisted experienced and novice climber alike in choosing the finest and most elegant routes for climbing in the Mount Blanc region of the Alps. Rebuffat has laid out one hundred routes from Clocher 2428m to Mont Blanc 4807m. 

For each ascent, he establishes the grade of difficulty, the time it should take to climb, the starting point, an outline of what the route is like, the descent, and the type of equipment required. In addition, Rebuffat discusses his philosophy of mental and physical conditioning. 

Mont Blanc is the culminating point (15,782 ft.) of the mountain range of the same name, which forms part of the Pennine Alps, and is divided unequally between France, Italy and Switzerland. The actual highest summit is wholly French and is the loftiest peak in the Alps, and in Europe also, if certain peaks in the Caucasus be excluded. 

At Geneva the mountain was in former days named the Montagne Maudite, but the present name seems to have been always used locally. On the north is the valley of Chamonix, and on the east the head of the valley of Aosta. Among the great glaciers which stream from the peak the most noteworthy are The Mer de Glace, Bossons and Taconnaz (northern slope) and of Brenva and Miage (southern slope).

The first ascent was made in 1786 by two Chamonix men, Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel Paccard, and the second ascent in 1787 by Balmat with two local men. Later in 1787 H. B. de Saussure made the third ascent, memorable in many respects, and was followed a week later by Colonel Beaufoy, the first Englishman to gain the top. These ascents were all made from Chamonix, which is still the usual starting point, though routes have been forced up the peak from nearly every side, those on the Italian side being much steeper than that from Chamonix.

The ascent from Chamonix is now frequently made in summer, rarely in winter also.  Owing to the great height of the mountain, the view is unsatisfactory, though very extensive; Lyons is visible. In 1890 M. Vallot built an observatory and shelter hut 14,312 ft. on the Bosses du Dromadaire (north-west ridge of the mountain), and in 1893 T. J. C. Janssen constructed an observatory just below the very summit.

The remains of these ancient structures were still visible when I made an ascent in the summer of 1982. 

These are the chapter headings:

Choosing a Route / Mont Blanc: The Playground: The Mont Blanc Range; 40 Million Years Ago; Two Centuries of Mountain-Lovers / Becoming an Alpinist: Preparations; Equipment; The Rules of the Game; Enthusiasm and Clear Thinking; Free and Artificial Climbing; The Choice of Routes; Keeping to Time; Gradings / Routes Arranged by Summit / The 100 Finest Routes / The Would-Be Mountaineer / New Grades and Comments.



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