Fearsome symmetry

The fearsome symmetry: Grandes Jorasses (4208 m.) SE side seen from Freboudze (Val Ferret - Italy).

On the right, against the sky, the Hirondelles ridge (the snowy saddle is the Col Des Hirondelles). In the shadow, the East face. In the light, the Tronchey wall. The line between the light and the shadow marks the Tronchey ridge.

“But if you went beyond Planpincieux, a green oasis frequented by well-to-do mountain-lovers, and continued past La Vachey, half-way between that hamlet and Sangioan, another vision drew my gaze , appearing suddenly at the far end of the Freboudze basin. (...) Then the great triangular wall, rising above the strangely contorted glacier, began to interest me for its own sake”

Giusto Gervasutti

(pic courtesy of www.labrenva.com)


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Chandra - Feb 29, 2004 5:07 am - Voted 10/10


Is this Himalaya??

Incredible shot!!

secondo me il versante più impressionante delle Grandes Jorasses

signorellil - Feb 29, 2004 5:21 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow

Yes, it's a magical place. Too bad that the widening of the road above Lavachey and the general afwul manners of the Sunday crowd has made the valley below far less atmospheric of what it used to be 30 years ago. I'm getting more and more intolerant about this - and I'm sorry to say that even TMB hikers are often a real pain in you-know-where.

However, if you hike there on May, in mid-week (when the road is still closed and there's no-one around), you can catch again that magic


hiltrud.liu - Nov 13, 2006 10:18 pm - Voted 10/10


Grandes Jorasses in sunshine and clouds.

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