/ NEWS: Mont Blanc Range Bivouac Hut Goes Space Age
However, the hut has met with a lot of local criticism...
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=66111
Is it the start of April already?
This looks horrible! I always liked the old hut. Long may the internet access fail to work - I thought people went to the mountains to escape such things!
Have to say I don't like the idea of the on-line booking bit - does that mean if you showed up without a booking you wouldn't be able to get in? Would you need some sort of key or code? Wouldn't be very good for emergency situations!
Yes, just you and all the people who have complained about it that are mentioned it in the text of the article.
What routesdescents is this hut useful for?
just what I was thinking, is this some kind of bad joke?
This picture doesn't look real either does it
I'm not too sure if it's real or not, but would the BMC run a prank like this? Don't fancy stumbling out of there at 2am and forgeting about the ladder!!
This is what Luca Signorelli had to say about it on the 12th October last year:
Oh lordy lord!!! Did they not measure the place at all with regards to the door?? It looks like an avalanche blaster!!
This photo would imply they haven't considered the snow and the solar panels...
If this is genuine (??), then is it not a concern that it is replacing an open use emergency shelter with somewhere that you will need to book? Will the door always be open, or do you need to obtain a code for the door? How can you fore-tale whether you are going to need to use it in an emergency, and what happens if it's all booked!! And where do they keep the ladder!!
Despite all the remarks I bet you'd all be glad of it if you were stuck :-)
Only if I could get the door open :-)
Or even get to the door without falling down the mountain...
It looks like someone has dropped a tube train they were transporting over the mountain by air.
You wouldn't want to mistake the toilet door for the front door would you!
>"it's an old ship's funnel"
Have you seen the mothership?
I think it looks cool...
Are the doors left open, like most other unmanned huts, you don't have to pay?!
It's in Italy, so anything is possible!!
As soon as I saw the picture I immediately thought of Michael Caine and the end of The Italian Job
"Hang on a minute, lads, I've got a great idea..."
this should be used for all design students of how badly wrong people can get it. virtually flat roof with solar panels in that location? why not make it sharp triangular roof with extra sleeping places and ability to shed snow/avalanches?? truely bonkers, hope someone got their jotters
Italians should stick to shoes, sports cars and high end audio equipment
you couldnt make this up LOL
Some people are never 'appy!
They had to something with the spare funnel for the Costa Concordia. I think it looks quite nice, but then I don't sleep walk.
Don't come knockin when the caravans rockin...
Looks as cool as f@@k - like a bond villians escape pod. I assuming it comes with ensuite supermodels, lasershow and disco sound system?
looks like a large cctv camera
You were only sposed to blow the bloody doors off!!!!!!!
Must be a p*ss take,there was nothing wrong with the old hut when I stopped in it.
I was the standard stop over when descending of the west face of the Petit Jorrasses.Most, if not all parties rappel back down to France now.I can not see such an expensive hut being built is such an unfrequented corner of the range
I saw this in an article a while ago here
it has a few more different views of the hut...
Alas, the hut is genuine (I know because I've seen it myself!). And all the "local criticism" are IMHO valid, particularly the less than ideal position. Also, the whole idea that this is more "ecologically susteinable" than the previous hut is simply ridiculous.
I know that people at CAI will probably beg to differ, but this is not just my opinion...
BTW - if you've ever been to the Canzio hut, prepare yourself for a worse shock in a little less than one year...
It's space age alright - you need a rocket to get to the door!
Ok, so there's a ladder. What if some prankster leaves the hut first and hides the door somewhere? At least the remaining occupants could use the internet to call for rescue (if the internet works).
you know you really screwed up when people can't tell if it's a joke or not :)
> It's space age alright - you need a rocket to get to the door!
> Ok, so there's a ladder. What if some prankster leaves the hut first and hides the door somewhere? At least the remaining occupants could use the internet to call for rescue (if the internet works)
Not to mention that getting to the Gervasutti itself ain't exactly a walk in the park (Alexis Long was killed approaching the hut by a serac fall)
> you know you really screwed up when people can't tell if it's a joke or not :)
...or when a mountain hut gives you the irresistible urge to start singing "The Self Preservation Society" loud
Am I the only one worried about the distance to a BT exchange? I tell you 20 meg broad band it will not be. No way Pedro, will we be sitting in the hut watching HD climbing video's over the net. Space age? Ice age more like.
UKC News: I think the article is wrong to state the old hut was for emergencies only and basic. It was like most Italian bivouacs - you just turned up if you wanted to use it and there were bunk and blankets. Quite comforable.
Looks an abomination.
I'd agree with that. Off hand, I can only think of the Vallot and the Solvay that fit that use description.
Is the old hut of which I have fond memeories still there?
The Canzio was great too.....
what next, the Quintino Sella (best of the lot!)
> ...or when a mountain hut gives you the irresistible urge to start singing "The Self Preservation Society" loud
Lol, I was thinking Yellow Submarine.
The daft buggers, they've completely lost the plot.
Presumably the hanging doors are so they don't get snowed up?
Carrying out roof repairs looks like it will be nigh on impossible. I'm wondering how many years of alpine weather and hits from avalanches and rockfall this thing is going to stand up to. Maybe 10 - 15 years, after which it'll need to be dismantled and brought down the mountain. Doesn't sound very eco-friendly to me.
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