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Jul 19, 2004, Monday
Jul 19, 2004, Monday
Jul 31, 2009, Friday
Jul 31, 2009, Friday
Aug 1, 2009, Saturday
Aug 1, 2009, Saturday
Sep 10, 2016, Saturday
Sep 10, 2016, Saturday
 
 
 

Aiguille du Midi

 
July 19, 2004   TMB, France, Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi
 
 

While in Chamonix Linda and I take the cable cars up to the Aiguille du Midi.

 
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Cables up to the Aiguille du Midi      
Let your eyes follow the cables up to the top where that tiny pointy thing is the destination.
 
Cables up to the Aiguille du Midi      
Let your eyes follow the cables up to the top where that tiny pointy thing is the destination.
 
Cables up to the Aiguille du Midi      
Let your eyes follow the cables up to the top where that tiny pointy thing is the destination.
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Chamonix valley      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
 
Linda at top      
 
Linda at top      
 
Linda at top      
 
Aiguille du Midi      
The lower section of the Aiguille du Midi is in the foreground and far below is Chamonix, at the bottom of the valley.
 
Aiguille du Midi      
The lower section of the Aiguille du Midi is in the foreground and far below is Chamonix, at the bottom of the valley.
 
Aiguille du Midi      
The lower section of the Aiguille du Midi is in the foreground and far below is Chamonix, at the bottom of the valley.
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Aiguille du Midi

 
July 31, 2009   Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France
 
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Aiguille du Midi plan      
It's 2009 and we've returned to Chamonix to hike the Haute Route to Zermatt. Gives me a second opportunity to take the cable car to the top and, if weather permits, the tiny cable car all the way to Helbronner in Italy.
 
Aiguille du Midi plan      
It's 2009 and we've returned to Chamonix to hike the Haute Route to Zermatt. Gives me a second opportunity to take the cable car to the top and, if weather permits, the tiny cable car all the way to Helbronner in Italy.
 
Aiguille du Midi plan      
It's 2009 and we've returned to Chamonix to hike the Haute Route to Zermatt. Gives me a second opportunity to take the cable car to the top and, if weather permits, the tiny cable car all the way to Helbronner in Italy.
 
View from hotel room      
 
View from hotel room      
 
View from hotel room      
 
View from the hotel room      
 
View from the hotel room      
 
View from the hotel room      
 
Chamonix      
A river flows through the charming town.
 
Chamonix      
A river flows through the charming town.
 
Chamonix      
A river flows through the charming town.
 

 
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Aiguille du Midi

 
August 1, 2009   Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France
 
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Chamonix valley from cable car      
Even looking through the cable car's scratched and reflective glass it's a great view.
 
Chamonix valley from cable car      
Even looking through the cable car's scratched and reflective glass it's a great view.
 
Chamonix valley from cable car      
Even looking through the cable car's scratched and reflective glass it's a great view.
 
Gingie and me      
Since the weather was perfect (the cable car doesn't run in bad weather) we rode the tiny 4-person car across the glacier from Aiguille du midi to Helbronner. It's f-ing spectacular.
 
Gingie and me      
Since the weather was perfect (the cable car doesn't run in bad weather) we rode the tiny 4-person car across the glacier from Aiguille du midi to Helbronner. It's f-ing spectacular.
 
Gingie and me      
Since the weather was perfect (the cable car doesn't run in bad weather) we rode the tiny 4-person car across the glacier from Aiguille du midi to Helbronner. It's f-ing spectacular.
 
Our cabin mates      
 
Our cabin mates      
 
Our cabin mates      
 

 
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Stuck on the Vallée Blanche

 
September 10, 2016   12-24, 10.5, The Alps, Chamonix
 
 

I've been following the story of the stranded Alps cable-car riders having ridden this very cable a few years ago. My first thought: not a place to spend the night. The cars are tiny, they barely hold four, and it's cold hanging up there surrounded by frozen water. Even in summer - the pictures below were taken in August - there is ice and snow everywhere you look.

But what a beautiful ride this is, eerily silent, just fluffy snow below and mountain peaks all around. The cable is called the Valle Blanche aerial tramway and it runs between the Aiguille du Midi in France and Pointe Helbronner in Italy. The tiny glass cars ride a 5 km-long cable, one of the highest and longest in the world, as they pass over a glacier dotted with ant-trails of mountain climbers.

I'm listening to Moby's Porcelain.

 
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At the top      
 
At the top      
 
At the top      
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway      
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway      
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway      
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
Inside the Vallée Blanche tramway      
On the trip back from Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi we shared a car with some fellow northern Califonians.
 
Inside the Vallée Blanche tramway      
On the trip back from Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi we shared a car with some fellow northern Califonians.
 
Inside the Vallée Blanche tramway      
On the trip back from Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi we shared a car with some fellow northern Califonians.
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi      
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi      
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi      
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