Not So Far: Three Alps First Ascents By Hervé Barmasse

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Part 1: Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc)

Part 2: Monte Rosa

Part 3: Monte Cervino (The Matterhorn)

Hervé Barmasse, raised at the foot of the Matterhorn, has climbed in many regions of the world, from the Alps to Pakistan to Patagonia. After so much traveling he realized that the value of the experience does not depend on the mountain, but on the eyes of the mountaineer.

Barmasse believes that adventure can also be found on the doorstep, which for him is the Aosta Valley. [Ed. To be fair, that is an awfully nice doorstep.] Just choose the most unusual seasons, accept risks and efforts, and above all seek with passion by letting your imagination run wild.

In 2011, Barmasse chose the three most important mountains of his home in Italy’s Aosta Valley—Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc); Monte Rosa; and Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn)—for three new routes. The three peaks, not coincidentally, are among the highest in the Alps. On Monte Bianco, with two Basque friends, Barmasse established a new route on the left pillar of the Brouillard. On Monte Rosa, he put up a new route on the southeast face of the Punta Gnifetti with his father Marco. Finally, on Cervino, he established a new route on Peak Muzio, solo. All of the climbing footage in these films was captured during the actual first ascents.

The Barmasse Trilogy is a tribute to the high mountains and to the inexhaustible spirit of classical mountaineering, the same spirit that prompted Alfred Mummery to write, “The true mountaineer is the man who attempts new ascents, and equally, whether he succeeds or fails, delights in the fun and joy of the struggle.”

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