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  1.  Aiguille du Midi.   19 July 2004, Monday.   Aiguille du Midi Chamonix, Tour Mt Blanc France
         Jul 19, 2004
  Tour Mt Blanc, France, Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi  
  2.  Aiguille du Midi.   31 July 2009, Friday.   Aiguille du Midi Chamonix, France
         Jul 31, 2009
  Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France  
  3.  Aiguille du Midi.   1 August 2009, Saturday.   Aiguille du Midi Chamonix, France
         Aug 1, 2009
  Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France  
  4.  Stuck on the Vallée Blanche.   10 September 2016, Saturday.   Chamonix, The Alps
         Sep 10, 2016
  The Alps, Chamonix  
 
 
 
1. Aiguille du Midi
19 July 2004.   Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix  Tour Mt Blanc, France.
S   M   L
1. Aiguille du Midi
19 July 2004.  Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, Tour Mt Blanc, France.
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
2. Aiguille du Midi
31 July 2009.   Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix  France.
S   M   L
2. Aiguille du Midi
31 July 2009.  Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 

 
 
 
3. Aiguille du Midi
1 August 2009.   Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix  France.
S   M   L
3. Aiguille du Midi
1 August 2009.  Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France.
 
 
 
 
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
     
 
 

 
 
 
4. Stuck on the Vallée Blanche
10 September 2016.   Chamonix  The Alps.
S   M   L
4. Stuck on the Vallée Blanche
10 September 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.
 
 
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