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  1.  Stuck on the Vallée Blanche    10 September 2016    Chamonix, The Alps
         10 Sep 2016
  The Alps, Chamonix  
  2.  Chamonix    18 December 2020    Chamonix, France
         18 Dec 2020
  France, Chamonix  
  3.  Photo map    4 January 2021    Chamonix, Lightroom France
         4 Jan 2021
  France, Chamonix, Lightroom  
 
 
 
1. Stuck on the Vallée Blanche
10 Sep 2016    Chamonix  The Alps 
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1. Stuck on the Vallée Blanche   
10 Sep 2016    Chamonix, The Alps   
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi
     
 
 
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi
     
 
 
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi
     
 
 
2. Chamonix
18 Dec 2020    Chamonix  France 
2. Chamonix   
18 Dec 2020    Chamonix, France   
 
 
 
 

I'm skipping forward a couple of years to a visit to the pretty town of Chamonix. This was our second time in Chamonix. The first was the start of a hike around Mont Blanc, the second was the start of a hike to Zermatt.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
3. Photo map
4 Jan 2021    Chamonix  Lightroom, France 
3. Photo map   
4 Jan 2021    Chamonix, Lightroom, France   
 
 
 
 

This is Lightroom's display of my photo locations laid over a map of the Mont Blanc massif. The little orange boxes follow the lines of the Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi to Point Helbronner cable car, and the number in each box is the number of photos in that proximity.

 
 
 
 
Lightroom hybrid map, Chamonix to Helbronner
     
 
 
 
Lightroom hybrid map, Chamonix to Helbronner
     
 
 
 
Lightroom hybrid map, Chamonix to Helbronner
     
 
 
Lightroom hybrid map close up
     
 
 
 
Lightroom hybrid map close up
     
 
 
 
Lightroom hybrid map close up