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Chamonix Extreme Skiing: New Linkup of Mont Blanc & Piton des Italiens by Bruchez and Fleury

Chamonix extreme skiers, Vivian Bruchez and Bastien Fleury, have linked two king lines on wild and rarely skied faces in a blazing fast effort.

On 13 June the team climbed Mont Blanc from the Cosmiques Refuge ... 1200 vertical meters in three hours! (To put things in perspective, the route they took takes most alpinists six to eight hours to climb. In 2009, a strong group of skiers and snowboarders climbed it in a very respectable five hours before skiing the West Face. Three hours with ski gear is crazy fast).

Viv and Bastien then skied a 1300m, 40-45˚ unnamed route down the wild West Face of Mont Blanc next to the Pointe Pfann (possibly a first or second descent).

They then climbed 500 vertical meters to the Piton des Italiens on the Bionnassay Ridge and completed a rare ski descent down the 800m, 40-45˚ North Face which again, could have been a first or second descent.

- 1700 vertical meters of climbing
- 2100m skiing
- Two possible first or second ski descents
- First ski enchainement of Mont Blanc West Face and Piton des Italiens
- 7 hours total


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