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On the moraine of Miage glacier. This is the largest debris-covered glacier in Europe and the longest in Italian Alps -10  km.

 

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The surface of Miage glacier.

 

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Along the medial part of Miage glacier

 

Miage glacier. Himalayan feel in the wildest corner of Mont Blanc

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Endurance

 

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Mont Blanc glacier, with his tongue split in two by a fine example of nunatak. On the left part it can be observed an ice cave, formed by a subglacial stream.

 

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Subglacial ice cave on in the lower part of Mont Blanc glacier

 

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The lower part of Dome glacier. The confluence with Miage glacier is at 2500 m alt.

 

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The U shaped valley sculpted by Miage glacier seen from the point where the trail up to Gonella hut leaves the glacier and continues over steep rocks, at about 2600 m alt.

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Into the depths of haze

 

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Bottom of the abyss

 

The vertical drop of Aiguille de Trelatete
The NE face of Aiguille de Trelatete in all its splendour. Its vertical drop over Miage glacier is impressive – 1400 m.

 

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The hanging masses of snow on the N/NE face of Aiguille de Trelatete (3920 m alt.)

 

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Tournette Spur
Vertical playground. Tournette Spur on the SW face of Mont Blanc seen from Gonella hut (3071 m alt)

 

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The tortured surface of the ice fall, on Dome glacier

 

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Aiguilles de Trélatête (3917m) seen from Gonella hut

 

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The north face of Gran Paradiso (4061 m alt.) seen from Gonella hut
The north face of Gran Paradiso (4061 m alt.) seen from Gonella hut

 

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Dome glacier moving deep down the slopes to its confluence with Miage glacier

 

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The S/SW face of Mont Blanc seen from Gonella hut. Dome glacier (left) and its almost vertical tributary.

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On the Gonella route up Mont Blanc, one must cross the narrow snow ridge between Piton des Italiens (4003 m,  left) and Dome de Gouter (4304 m,  to the right, but not cought in the picture).

 

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The knife-edge mountain ridge. A closer look on the narrowest section of the snow ridge between Piton des Italiens and Dome de Gouter

 

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Miage glacier at dusk

 

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Dome Glacier. Witnessing the omnipresent silent force of ice

 

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Dome glacier. Under the spell of ice

 

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Climbing the Dome glacier on the way up to col Aiguille Grisses

 

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Dead silence

 

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Dome glacier; A look into the depths of a big crevasse

 

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The leading light towards col Aiguille Grisses

 

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On the ridge, after passing col Aiguille Grisses

 

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Aiguille de Bionnassay (4052 m) seen from col Aiguille Grises

 

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Aiguille Grises

 

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Strong winds sweeping across the summit ridge of Mont Blanc.

 

 

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Zigzagging through crevasses

 

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The frozen layers of snow make me think of the annual growth rings of trees.

 

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Dome glacier. Cold secrets beneath the snow

 

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On the upper part of Dome glacier. Descending to Gonella hut

 

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The SW face of Mont Blanc. Tournette Spur in the sunset light

 

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Monte Bianco glacier

 

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The lateral moraine of Miage glacier

 

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