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British heritage in Chamonix for ten glorious months !

From June 29th  to November 2nd 2015 and from December 19th 2015 to April 17th 2016, a unique opportunity to discover British Mountaineering and cultural heritage in Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Treasures of the Alpine Club – Newsletter

For the first time in history,  the Treasures of the Alpine Club are being exhibited on the continent and indeed Chamonix is privileged to host this unique display of Alpine art and documentation.

Not only can visitors discover over 50 works by 36 nineteenth century artists, but a ground floor display describes and illustrates the genesis of mountaineering, a sporting and cultural activity which was born in the Chamonix Valley over 200 years ago.

Find out more about why the British played such a major role in the development of Alpine literature, art and exploration. Indeed it was an Englishman, Wyndham, who first named the Mer de Glace,  a Scot, Forbes, who drew the first map of this same glacier and an Irishman, Adams-Reilly who was the first to map the entire Mont-Blanc Massif during the Golden Age of Mountaineering.

During this period, the British conquered 31 of the 39 major summits across the Alps and the majority of these summits are immortalized in the magnificent collection of paintings at the Alpine Museum.

Chamonix Adventure Festival – 25th to 28th March

A thrilling film programme full of amazing adventures !

CAF-logo-verticalChamonix Adventure Festival, in partnership with the town of Chamonix Mont-Blanc, has announced this year’s festival programme with outdoor screenings and filmmaker events complementing the festival film selection.
A film programme packed with inspiring tales will be screened over 4 nights, with filmmakers, explorers and athletes on hand to share their exploits and inspirations. From steep skiing in Alaska, to surfing in the North Sea, remote kayaking in Patagonia, to catapult base jumping across the fjords of Norway! Whatever your sport, wherever your destination – climb aboard and join us for the ride! See the full selection and 2015 trailer here

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For details of the films to be screened, go to www.chamonixadventurefestival.com

Piolets d’Or : Chris Bonington 7th Piolet d’Or Career

Sir Chris BoningtonThe Piolets d’Or global alpinism meeting will take place in Chamonix and Courmayeur from 9th to 12th April 2015. It is quite befitting that this year’s Piolets d’Or lifetime career distinction will  be awarded to Sir Chris Bonington. Born in  1934, Sir Chris began climbing at the age of 17. In 1958 he took part in an early ascent of the Bonatti Pillar on the Petit Dru, and later became the flrst Briton to climb the North Face of the Eiger. His Himalayan adventures began in 1960 with the summit of Annapurna II (7927m) and have included many great faces and summits of the giant peaks! In 2014, to celebrate his 80th birthday, he returned to repeat one of his own famous c1imbs, the Old Man of Hoy, a spectacular sea stack in Orkney!

Chamonix looks forward to hosting Sir Chris Bonington’s visit this April, and Reinhold Messner will also be with us to celebrate the awards.

Read more: Piolet d’or – Chris Bonington