Aiguille Dibona - A golden needle in the sky
Having just recently returned from the Ecrins region in the French Alps and despite having mixed weather like most out there, my partners in crime and I attempted to fulfil a long held ambition and climb the classic "Face Sud Classique" aka "Voie Berthet/Boell/Stofer" (with the odd harder variation) on the mighty Aiguille Dibona 3131m.
First climbed by Angelo Dibona in 1913 and although of modest height, the Dibona has inspired generations of climbers and is surely one of the most beautiful and spectacular mountains (along with the Matterhorn) in Europe. Gaston Rebuffat himself wrote about Dibona : "This needle is a monument of stone given to mankind by the earth and the time, an extraordinary sculpture in the sky, the light and the silence of Oisans. The same achievements of the climbers on another mountain would not be so marvellous. This needle was a question, climbing on her a response".
Anyway the entertainment was duly recorded so did we make it to the summit? Well for any Summit-Posteers interested in viewing a short HD film of this superb route and beautiful mountain then please use the embedded link:
Cheers and happy climbing :-)