The month of June provided favorable conditions for the toughest skiers. Frédéric Gentet, Christophe Jacquemoud and Jean-Sébastien Knoertzer recently completed the first ascend and descent of the southwest face of the Aiguille de Bionnassay at 4,053 meters (13,298 feet) located in the Mont Blanc mountain range.
This face remained one of the few above 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) to remained unconquered. Mountain guides and professors at ENSA (National Ski and Mountaineering School) in Chamonix, France, they waited for the optimal conditions since March 2012. The southwest face of Bionassay, the steep rocky slopes require very specific conditions for the snow to remain stuck on the tiles, which usually occurs in late spring.
The very steep descent of a total vertical height of 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) was a success, providing our three guides intense and memorable moments, as well as a record!