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Arrival road to Mt Cook village with Sefton right ahead

Arrival road to Mt Cook village with Sefton right ahead, New Zealand, 2005
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Mt Cook from lake Tekapo

Mt Cook from lake Tekapo, New Zealand, 2005
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The Vercors 'balcony' towards the south from Peak St Michel. Visible are the Mt Aiguille, the Grand Veymont and the Two Sisters

The Vercors 'balcony' towards the south from Peak St Michel. Visible are the Mt Aiguille, the Grand Veymont and the Two Sisters, Vercors, 2007
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A Broken spectrum cast on the clouds above Grenoble from the summit of Peak St Michel

A Broken spectrum cast on the clouds above Grenoble from the summit of Peak St Michel, UpdatedVercors, 2007
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First snow on the Belledonne range

First snow on the Belledonne range, France, 2008
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Sunrise between the clouds on the St Michel Peak

Sunrise between the clouds on the St Michel Peak, Vercors, 2009
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Summit ridge of the Nevado Cashan (5723m)

Summit ridge of the Nevado Cashan (5723m), Peru, 1996
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Sunrise above Chasm Lake, RMNP

Sunrise above Chasm Lake, RMNP, Colorado, 2002
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The Peuterey pass on the Italian side of Mt Blanc, seen from the Freney

The Peuterey pass on the Italian side of Mt Blanc, seen from the Freney, Chamonix, 1998
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Early arrival at summit rocks, below the summit of Mt Cook (3764m)

Early arrival at summit rocks, below the summit of Mt Cook (3764m), New-Zealand, 1994
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High up the west ridge of Mt Cook

High up the west ridge of Mt Cook, New Zealand, 2000
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Dawn across the italian Alps as seen from the Grande Jorasses hut

Dawn across the italian Alps as seen from the Grande Jorasses hut, Alps, 2006
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East face of Denali (McKinley, 6192m)

East face of Denali (McKinley, 6192m), Alaska, 1995
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Evening on the Barre des Écrins as seen from Roche Faurio

Evening on the Barre des Écrins as seen from Roche Faurio, Oisans, 2006
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High resolution image of the Barre des Écrins as seen from Roche Faurio

High resolution image of the Barre des Écrins as seen from Roche Faurio, France, 2004
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Moon rising behind the Barre des Écrins at night

Moon rising behind the Barre des Écrins at night, Oisans, 2006
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Sunset on the Barre des Écrins (4086m)

Sunset on the Barre des Écrins (4086m), Southern Alps, France, 2004
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Me passing the summit crevasse of Elie de Baumont

Me passing the summit crevasse of Elie de Baumont, New-Zealand, 2000
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Fourth pitch of the Geant des Tempetes, a grade V in the Fournel valley

Fourth pitch of the Geant des Tempetes, a grade V in the Fournel valley, Briançon, 2005
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Sunset on a gendarme on the Nevado Cashan (5723m)

Sunset on a gendarme on the Nevado Cashan (5723m), Peru, 1996
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Glacier below Cho-Oyu

Glacier below Cho-Oyu, Himalaya, 2000
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Going up on the Kahiltna glacier

Going up on the Kahiltna glacier, Alaska, 1995
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Vincent on an early ascent of the Hérisson waterfall, Jura

Vincent on an early ascent of the Hérisson waterfall, Jura, France, 1991
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Walk above the Cho-Oyu base camp

Walk above the Cho-Oyu base camp, Himalaya, 2000
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Dawn on the north face of Huascaran (6768m) seen from Chopicalqui

Dawn on the north face of Huascaran (6768m) seen from Chopicalqui, Peru, 1996
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Water carrying tube within the Glacier Noir

Water carrying tube within the Glacier Noir, Massif des Écrins, France, 2004
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3 climbers up Lamb Slide, east face of Longs Peak

3 climbers up Lamb Slide, east face of Longs Peak, Colorado, 2002
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The small Dru and La Verte

The small Dru and La Verte, Chamonix, 1997
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Avalanches off the summit of the Maiella

Avalanches off the summit of the Maiella, central Italy, 1999
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South face of Pic Gaspard (3883m) and la Meije (3974m)

South face of Pic Gaspard (3883m) and la Meije (3974m), massif des Écrins, 2004
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Summit of Mt Aspiring above a dense sea of clouds

Summit of Mt Aspiring above a dense sea of clouds, New Zealand, 2005
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Dawn across the Alps, with Mt Blanc in the distance

Dawn across the Alps, with Mt Blanc in the distance, Oisans, 2006
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Early morning on border ranges between France and Italy

Early morning on border ranges between France and Italy, Briançon, 2004
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Early morning light across the Alps, with the Materhorn far on the horizon

Early morning light across the Alps, with the Materhorn far on the horizon, Oisans, 2006
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Moonlight on Cho-Oyu with the kitchen tent up front

Moonlight on Cho-Oyu with the kitchen tent up front, Himalaya, 2000
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Last night before the storm in Sarek National Park

Last night before the storm in Sarek National Park, Sweden, 1999
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Jason axing rock on the hard Secret Probation (M7), Vail

Jason axing rock on the hard Secret Probation (M7), Vail, Colorado, 2003
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Fooling around on a serac

Fooling around on a serac, Himalaya, 2000
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Climbing up Silberhorn, next to Mt Tasman

Climbing up Silberhorn, next to Mt Tasman, New Zealand, 1994
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Failed attempt on a succession of icicles, Appenino

Failed attempt on a succession of icicles, Appenino, Italy, 1999
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Brad on Stetner's Ledges, Longs Peak

Brad on Stetner's Ledges, Longs Peak, Colorado, 2001
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Summit ridge of Mt Cook

Summit ridge of Mt Cook, New Zealand, 1994
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Sunset on Cho-Oyu

Sunset on Cho-Oyu, Himalaya, 2000
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Serac on the normal route of Chopicalqui

Serac on the normal route of Chopicalqui, Peru, 1996
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Enjoying a beer after climbing Mounts Foraker, Hunter & Denali (6192m)

Enjoying a beer after climbing Mounts Foraker, Hunter & Denali (6192m), Alaska, 1995
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Ice climber at the Fang, Vail

Ice climber at the Fang, Vail, Colorado, 2002
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The yaks in the morning at Intermediate Camp

The yaks in the morning at Intermediate Camp, Himalaya, 2000
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Mt Aiguille in winter

Mt Aiguille in winter, Vercors, 2009
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Snow covered mountain hut

Snow covered mountain hut, crins, 2009
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The snowed-off icefall of the Mone at Pesey-Nancroix

The snowed-off icefall of the Mone at Pesey-Nancroix, UpdatedMaurienne, 2009
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East face of Pk St Michel in winter

East face of Pk St Michel in winter, Vercors, 2009
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The Grande Sure

The Grande Sure, UpdatedChartreuse, 2009
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The St Michel Peak in winter

The St Michel Peak in winter, Vercors, 2009
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The highest summit of Vercors, Grand Veymont, in winter

The highest summit of Vercors, Grand Veymont, in winter, Vercors, 2009
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Mt Aiguille in winter

Mt Aiguille in winter, France, 2009
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Rocheres at first light

Rocheres at first light, France, 2010
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The Obiou in winter

The Obiou in winter, France, 2010
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Summit of the Pt Observatoire

Summit of the Pt Observatoire, Vanoise, 2010
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Two skiers going up the Wilson peak towards MtBlanc

NewTwo skiers going up the Wilson peak towards MtBlanc, NewFrance, 2012
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Sunset on the Gouter ridge below Mt Blanc

NewSunset on the Gouter ridge below Mt Blanc, France, 2012
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Sunrise on Mt Blanc as seen from the summit of the Gouter Dome. We'll ski that face right down the middle later on

NewSunrise on Mt Blanc as seen from the summit of the Gouter Dome. We'll ski that face right down the middle later on, France, 2012
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Sunrise on Aiguille du Midi as seen from near the summit of Mt Blanc

NewSunrise on Aiguille du Midi as seen from near the summit of Mt Blanc, France, 2012
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Skiing down the summit of Mt Blanc

NewSkiing down the summit of Mt Blanc, France, 2012
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Back on safer ground after having skied Mt Blanc

NewBack on safer ground after having skied Mt Blanc, France, 2012
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