Author(s): Stefano Ardito
With its nearly 5,000 m of altitude, its glaciers, its walls of red granite, Mont Blanc is one of the most spectacular natural monuments of the Old Continent. Begun during the Age of Enlightenment with the first attempts to climb the 4,810 m peak, the climbing history of this mountain continued throughout the centuries. Today, the grand exploits of champions such as Christophe Profit, Michel Piola and Patrick Gabarrou are seen beside the lesser-known adventures of thousands of climbers coming from every corner of the earth. The story and pictures of the ascents of the greatest mountaineers of all times are an exciting encounter for the shrewdest reader-mountaineer, as well as for those approaching the magic of high altitudes for the first time. A description of the seven valleys crowning the giant and an illustrated chronology of over two centuries of undertakings on Mont Blanc complete the book.
STEFANO ARDITO, hiker, journalist and photographer, author of documentaries and program host for RAI, has written some 50 books on mountains, many of which are dedicated to Mont Blanc and nearby peaks. He is one of the founders of Mountain Wilderness as well as one of the creators of Sentiero Italia, the trekking itinerary that runs through all the Italian mountains.