Four French alpinists and members of the Chamonix-based Groupe Militaire d'Haute Montagne (GMHM, French high mountain military group) Caporal Léo Billon, Sergent Sébastien Ratel and Caporal-chefs (premier classe) Jordi Noguere and Thomas Auvaro are currently establishing a new route on the West Face of Les Drus...and livestreaming their climb!
The GMHM is a select group of mountain military personnel based in Chamonix's École Militaire de Haute Montagne (EMHM), a centre of expertise for training in mountain and extreme cold Operations for the French Army. Members of the group are elite alpinists who have taken part in numerous expeditions over the years, from the Andes to the Himalaya, Baffin Island and beyond.
Earlier this month, the team established a new route, Blast (M7+ / 700m) on the north-west face of l'Aiguille de Blaitière (3522m) over three days.
The team are now on day three of the ascent and expect to top out on Sunday. The grade of the line is estimated to be around M8. There's an engaging mix of wide shots and close-up actuality from the climbers as they progress.
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