Hervè Barmasse – “Not So Far”  Movie Trailer

Hervè Barmasse – “Not So Far” Movie Trailer

In 2011, Hervé Barmasse chose the three most important mountains of his home in Italy’s Aosta Valley—Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc); Monte Rosa; and Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn)—upon which to create three new routes. The three peaks, not coincidentally, are the highest in the Alps. All three climbing adventures were exceptional for their location, their remoteness and for the spirit that characterized them. And now, all three climbs have been captured in the film, “Not So Far”. This film shows live the three climbing adventures: On Monte Bianco, with two Basque friends, Barmasse established a new route on the left pillar of the Brouillard. On Monte Rosa, he put up a new route on the southeast face of the Punta Gnifetti with his father Marco. Finally, on Cervino, in the face of high risk and difficulty, he established a new route on Peak Muzio, solo. The Barmasse Trilogy is a tribute to high mountains and to the inexhaustible spirit of classical mountaineering, the same spirit that prompted Mummery to write: “The true mountaineer is the man who attempts new ascents, and equally, whether he succeeds or fails, delights in the fun and joy of the struggle.”. Hervé Barmasse grew up at the foot of Monte Cervino, and has climbed mountains all over the world, including the Alps, the mountains in Pakistan and in Patagonia. After such a vast amount of travelling, he has realized that the value of the experience does not depend on the mountain itself but rather on the eyes of the mountaineer. Hervé believes that, nowadays, adventure can be also found at home. One need only choose...
Exploring The Alps: Video of New Route on Monte Rosa by Herve Barmasse

Exploring The Alps: Video of New Route on Monte Rosa by Herve Barmasse

FACTS: Openers: Hervé Barmasse and Marco Barmasse on September 30th, 2011 Area of the route: Monte Rosa South-East face, Valle d’Aosta, Italy Character of the route: classic alpine climbing on mixed terrain. Psychological climbing on loose rock with distant trad protections combined with the challenges of high altitude. The openers propose an overall seriousness of the route of ED (Extremely Difficult). Total length of the route: 800m. After the approach and a bivouac at the “bivacco Giordano” Hervé and Marco Barmasse started their new route from the 3,800m of “pianoro Hellermann” topping out on the evening of the same day at 4,500m ………………………….. Credits: Athletes: Hervé and Marco Barmasse Photographer: Damiano Levati Location: Monte Rosa, Valle d’Aosta, Italy Year:...
Exploring The Alps: New Route Opened on the Monte Rosa

Exploring The Alps: New Route Opened on the Monte Rosa

The North Face® Athlete Hervé Barmasse opened a new route on the South-East face of the Monte Rosa, Valle d’Aosta, Italy, with a very special partner, his father Marco, on 30th September 2011. The Monte Rosa (4,634m) is the highest mountain of Switzerland, the second highest both of the Alps and Western Europe. After the approaching phase and a bivouac at the “bivacco Giordano”, The North Face® athlete Hervé Barmasse and his father Marco Barmasse started the route from “pianoro Hellermann” at 3,800m and reached the summit of 4,500m in the evening of the same day. The total length of the route is 800m. The new route demanded a classic alpine climbing style on mixed terrain. They had to climb on loose rocks, with distant traditional protections and were faced with the challenges of the high altitude. Hervé and Marco set the grade of the route at ED (Extremely Difficult). “It’s a very psychological route. Flat rocks the size of coffee tables were tumbling down the mountain.” stated Hervé Barmasse. ………………………….. Credits: Athletes: Hervé and Marco Barmasse Photographer: Damiano Levati Location: Monte Rosa, Valle d’Aosta, Italy Year:...
Exploring The Alps: the way up and the way down

Exploring The Alps: the way up and the way down

The North Face® Athletes Hervé Barmasse, Iker and Eneko Pou made the new route, 11 pitches on the Brouillard left pillar, on the Italian face of the Mont Blanc on the 1st of August 2011. They made their way to the summit in wintery conditions to enjoy a spectacular bivouac on the top of Mont Blanc de Courmayeur. ……………………………. Credits A video by the STORY.teller COLLECTIVE Filmed by: Giacomo Berthet, Damiano Levati, Hervé Barmasse, Iker & Eneko Pou Edited by Damiano...
Exploring The Alps: The Ascent of Mont Blanc

Exploring The Alps: The Ascent of Mont Blanc

In this second trilogy of Exploring The Alps, The North Face® Athletes Hervé Barmasse, Iker and Eneko Pou, successfully opened a new route on the Italian face of the Mont Blanc on the 1st of August 2011. Christening the route “La Classica Moderna”, The North Face® athletes Hervé Barmasse (ITA) and Iker & Eneko Pou (SPA) free-climbed the Freney side of the Mont Blanc south face, Valle d’Aosta, in full autonomy, without bolts. Carrying only essential materials in case of unexpected bivouacs on the ascent, the team used basic traditional protection, such as four pitons. Due to weeks of bad weather, the team approached the Brouillard Pillar in knee-deep snow. Upon the first day of sunny weather, 11 pitches were opened on the rock pillar, up to grade 6c on the Brouillard left pillar. The climb included one night’s stay at Rifugio Monzino (2590m) and one stop at Bivacco Eccles (3850m). One bivouac was established on the top of Mont Blanc on the Courmayeur side (4765m), where temperatures fell to near -10°C. Accumulating a total vertical gain of 3,300m from the approach to the Creste del Brouillard at the top of Mont Blanc, the team took the descent on the French side of Mont Blanc arriving in Chamonix after a total vertical gain on rock of 380 metres. In naming the route, Barmasse explained: “The ascent resembled the ethics and philosophy of Walter Bonatti who, in 1959, was the first person to climb on the monoliths of this side of Mont Blanc. I would define the style as modern-classic; a style that mirrors those of the pioneers, who, to...
Exploring The Alps: On the way to Mont Blanc

Exploring The Alps: On the way to Mont Blanc

After opening a new route, solo, on the south-east face of Matterhorn, The North Face® Athlete Hervé Barmasse is getting ready for stage two of his project: Exploring the Alps. This time, together with The North Face® Athletes Iker and Eneko Pou, he will explore Mont Blanc, where Alpinism was born. While they prepare for their new adventure, the people from Hervé’s area speak about him, Matterhorn and what alpinism mean to them. To keep dreaming. ……………………………. Credits Produced by The STORY.teller COLLECTIVE Additional cameraman: Giacomo...
Exploring the Alps: The Solo Ascent Of Matterhorn-Cervino

Exploring the Alps: The Solo Ascent Of Matterhorn-Cervino

On The 8th of April, 2011, The North face® athlete, Hervé Barmasse successfully opened a new route on the Italian face of the Matterhorn-Cervino during a solo climb in original alpine style by Italian mountaineer. Taking a previously un-climbed route via the Picco Muzio peak (4,235m) in the Aosta Valley, the first 500 metres covered a steep, icy couloir, followed by 700 metres of rotten, crumbling Matterhorn rock, which made the ascent particularly difficult. Despite 60km/hour strong winds, fair, dry cold weather prevailed throughout the five days spent alone on the wall. “When I reached Picco Muzio, all the stress and the fear of not making it or dying under a rock fall suddenly disappeared; it was just joy and peace of mind. I was aware that something hard and unique had happened, but my great happiness was the fact that I didn’t have to climb that rotten and crumbling rock anymore. Above my helmet there was only the sky and the first stars of the night,” stated a relieved Barmasse. Barmasse’s Matterhorn ascent is the first of the trilogy of climbs within The North Face® expedition, Exploring The Alps. The project comprises three new routes, up three of the highest mountains in the Alps, in three different ascent styles, with the aim to push the limits of mountaineering in the Alps where alpinism was born. The Matterhorn (4,478m) lies on the Swiss-Italian border overlooking Cervinia, Aosta Valley and Zermatt in the Swiss German canton of...