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This week's Friday Night Video highlights what can be done from your doorstep - if you happen to live in Chamonix. With travel grinding to a halt due to the global pandemic, Hillary Gerardi attempts to link from her home in Servoz to the summit of Mont Blanc and back again in a day.

On her latest challenge, Hillary said: 'I'll be sitting in the garden, minding my own business and then out of the corner of my eye, there are the Aiguille and Dôme du Gouter, towering up above Servoz, looking down at me.  And Mont Blanc itself is hidden somewhere behind them higher still. I have been eyeing it, and often daydream about being up there when I'm down here.  And while summiting Mont Blanc itself is not a new goal for me (I first found myself atop the mountain back in 2010 and twice already in 2020), there is something about climbing it, in a day and directly from home that has been nagging me for a few years.'

As France went into lockdown in 2020, there was a one kilometre radius imposed around Hillary's house, with strict orders not to be out for more than an hour:

'But there were still things to explore, and dreams to be dreamt for when the perimeter widened.  With eyes turned up toward the mountains or down to our maps, the lines we could draw leaving from home suddenly seemed endless.  And my idea for an ultimate big backyard adventure—climbing Mont Blanc from home—came back on the table.'

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21 May

It's not a "global pandemic". By definition, a pandemic is global, or it isn't a pandemic.

Pandemic can mean global or just over a very wide area. 'Global' pandemic is correct in the context of COVID-19.

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