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Sep 10, 2016, Saturday
Stuck on the Vallée Blanche    12-24 10.5 The Alps Chamonix
Sep 10, 2016, Saturday
Aug 22, 2018, Wednesday
The Malatrá Valley    TMB The Alps Panorama Italy
Aug 22, 2018, Wednesday

Stuck on the Vallée Blanche

September 10, 2016   Saturday
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.

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.
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

The Malatrá Valley

August 22, 2018   Wednesday
TMB   The Alps   Panorama   Italy
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.

After many days of smoke-filled skies I figured it's time to see a clear sky, even if it's only a photo of a clear sky and it's on the other side of the world.

This is the Malatrá Valley, in Italy. In the upper left corner, the speck on the green hillside, is Rifugio Bonatti where we hiked in and spent a comfortable night. The eye watering view from Bonatti is of the Mount Blanc massif, on the right. The massif is not only beautiful to look at but you can go under it, by car, or over it, by cable. I highly recommend the latter. Both take you to the other side of the massif where you'll find charming Chamonix, in France.

I shot this from the Col de Ferret, on the trail that would take us to our next stop, Ferret, in Switzerland. It was my first trip with a digital camera.

While I captured the photo in 2004, today, in 2018, was the first I'd seen it, and that is because it's made of two photos and only today did I happen to see them back to back and notice their panorama potential. Wow, what a difference they make glued together.