Tornanti_3...ABRACADABRA!

glitch

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Near the top of the first leg/ mid-station


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Looking into the belly of the Glacier des Bossons


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An engineering marvel
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…the free-swinging cables of the 2. Stage.


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BREATHTAKING!!


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Free as a bird
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How times have changed…from Anillin-tanned leathers and double-laces of the climbing boots of old to plastics with integrated crampon-threads, neoprene overskins and zips.


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Nothing for the squeamish


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glitch

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On a day like this, the Aiguille du Midi certainly is exactly what everyone claims it to be…if anything, all the raves and embellishment fall miles short of the real thing.

When the skies turn black-blue, the ice gleams like a million-watts, the rock-teeth pierce the velvety skies and the huge sail of Mont Blanc/ Monte Bianco/ The White Mountain/ Europe's highest mountain stretches above its minions…it sure makes the head spin and the knees buckle.

That last bit seems to affect just about everyone who's come up via that dizzying cable-car and went from 1000m to 3800m ASL in 15 minutes. The lack of pressure and oxygen wipe the legs from underneath, there's a slight headache, the ticker thumps like a jackhammer. And it hits the kids just as much as the oldies and everyone in between.


It also seems to make everyone speechless and awestruck.
There's no shouting or yelling up here, just the occasional quiet murmur…everyone seems to feel how small and insignificant humanity and its foibles really are when surrounded by something that grande and majestic.


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If you're EVER in this part of the world and got a day like this on your hands…make sure of a trip up the Aiguille, it's more impressive in real life than what can be described in words and gestures.

Just a few more pics from the 380+ shot up here by the Tornanti-crew.


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Hundreds of tons of ice and snow hanging in that wall…


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I think I see Goodie over there…
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glitch

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Doug not looking too sure about this
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Glacier de Talefre, which feeds into the Mer de Glace, the "Sea of Ice".



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10 steps…and if the lack of oxygen doesn't make you dizzy coming up those stairs, just look down on what you're standing on. Yep, that $3 piece of galvanized grating.
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Doing it the proper way


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dougman1

World Tourer
It was such a beautiful day. Chamonix way down there in the valley.


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Looks like it gets a bit icy up here eh!


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And if you want you can play on the highest point in Europe.


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glitch

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Guess there is the odd breeze up here…




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Grandes Jorasses on the right and the "circle-gang" of 4000s around the Aiguille Vert in the center of the pic…with the valley of Chamonix on the left.



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Some kids having fun…or are that SF and Hayesy after the curry-lunch?



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Chamonix from above…



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…and that's another kilometer 's worth into the skies…



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glitch

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Roof of the ice-cave…


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That was 3 steps too much and too fast….going down again.



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Time to quit….



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glitch

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One happy, little Tornanti

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It's a quiet tootle for the 70k's or so back to our "Chateau Snuggles", with the "ADD"- team (Andrew, Doug 'n Dave) doing some serious shopping to knock up dinner at our digs, rather than going out again.


Chef's council....or...how to best chop the lettuce.


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..while some piss-pot's quietly checking out the wine cellar.


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Now…THAT…is a DOOR, folks!! If that thing ever comes off the hinges it'll be genocide around here!



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SHIT!! …and whadda we gonna drink after dinner??

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Might have to top a few of those, maybe?
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Let's start off with a selection…Saint Tim blessing the vintages.


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Maaate…real corks, real plonk!!
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And with that cracker of a day in the bag it's one hell of a Tornanti night!!
Let's leave 'em to it and quietly sneak away, aye?
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dougman1

World Tourer
After a long day on the mountain, some serious quaffing was the order of the day. :chug:

You can see the small stand up pouch full of Olives in the pic.
Tassie Dave had ALL the deli staff racing around just trying to understand his request. " I want OLIVES just like we get in Tassie" It wasn't until they summonsed an English speaking manager and he directed us to the aisle that they were in. It was a hoot watching the communication between us all, just to get a small bag of olives. It took about 15 mins as well. :bs

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