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Close-up on Dent Blanche from the Grand Mountet

 
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Close-up on Dent Blanche from the Grand Mountet
The northern flank of the Dent Blanche (4357m), with the Glacier du Grand Cornier. Let me add a rather amusing detail: the lower two thirds of the ridge in the foreground leading to the summit crest carry the name "Arête des Quatre Ânes", meaning "Ridge of the Four Donkeys". This technically extremely difficult ridge was used by the four-man climbing party that did the first ascent of Dent Blanche, and it is said that one of them, when the party had reached the summit and on one glance it became obvious that there would have been clearly more easy options than the one they had chosen, uttered exasperatedly: "We were four donkeys to have chosen this route!!"

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hanswAwesome picture ..

hansw

Voted 10/10

..of an awesome mountain.

I have been trying to find donkeys on the enlarged image. But no success – so far:)

/Hans
Posted Jul 18, 2011 8:21 am

EricChuRe: Awesome picture ..

EricChu

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I don't think there have been any donkeys on it ever since 1862 - haha! ;-))

Thanks very much for your comment and vote, Hans! :-)

Cheers,

Eric
Posted Jul 18, 2011 8:38 am

Tomek Lodowyperfect shot

Tomek Lodowy

Voted 10/10

amazing piece of rock, wonderful photoseries Eric, you must have spent some gorgeous time in Swiss Alps!

cheers

Tomek Lodowy
Posted Jul 18, 2011 5:53 pm

EricChuRe: perfect shot

EricChu

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Thanks a lot, Tomek! Those two days I had high up above Zinal were indeed marvelous, and that area is truly unique! Maybe the area around the Monte Rosa hut is even more monumental, more expansive, but that area is seemed with cable-cars, ski-lifts, trains etc., while the Mountet-Durand-Cornier arena is absolutely intact! That makes quite a difference! This was certainly one of the most gripping and fulfilling places I've been to in a long time already!
Many cheers to you, Tomek,
Eric
Posted Jul 18, 2011 6:11 pm

markhallamGreat shot

markhallam

Voted 10/10

Can't believe I stood on top of that in 1986. You have been very busy with that camera of yours of late - some beautiful results including this one.
Posted Jul 25, 2011 2:18 pm

EricChuRe: Great shot

EricChu

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Thanks very much for your comment, Mark - nice to hear from you again! You did Dent Blanche in 1986? By which route?
Yes, so far I had been using Canon PowerShot G10; this time to give the G12
Posted Jul 25, 2011 7:09 pm

EricChuRe: Great shot

EricChu

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...I had bought last January it's first really big chance...and the results have convinced me that it's a really good camera indeed!
Cheers,
Eric
Posted Jul 25, 2011 7:12 pm

markhallamRe: Great shot

markhallam

Voted 10/10

Hello again - climbed Dent Blanche via the South Ridge, normal route... the one that goes via the 'Grande Gendarme'. There were two of us, but climbing unroped - and we had the mountain completely to ourselves, on a perfect day weather-wise.

On Cameras: since I took the plunge and went digital I have been using a Nikon D40, but cannot claim your level of expertise... mostly let the camera do its own thing in 'instamatic' mode - and if I take any credit at all it is for willingness to get up very early in the morning in very photogenic places.

Good to hear from you again also
Cheers, Mark
Posted Jul 26, 2011 1:13 pm

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on Jul 18, 2011 7:42 am

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