EXPLORING THE ALPS
In 2011 Hervé Barmasse opened three new routes, on the three highest mountains in Europe, in three different ascent styles.
ATHLETE TESTED. EXPEDITION PROVEN
HERVÉ BARMASSE TESTED THE SPRING 12 ALPINE PROJECT KIT IN A TRUE ALPINE ENVIRONMENT DURING THE MONT BLANC STAGE OF THE PROJECT. THE LIGHTNESS AND EXTREME BREATHABILITY OF THE SUMMIT SERIES ALPINE PROJECT KIT ENABLED HIM TO COMPLETE A NEW ROUTE ON THE SOUTH FACE OF MONT BLANC LAST SUMMER.
ALPINE PROJECT KIT
LIGHTWEIGHT AND BREATHABLE PURPOSE BUILT ALPINE CLIMBING
FOR MAXIMUM ELEVATION AT A MINIMAL WEIGHT

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THREE NEW ROUTES

1. MATTERHORN – CERVINO 4478 MT. 08.04.2011
The challenge: Open a new route on the Italian face in a solo climb
Terrain: mixed, ice and rocks


2. MOUNT BLANC – 4810 MT. 01.08.2011
The challenge: Open a new route together with The North Face athletes Iker and Eneko Pou.
Terrain: Rocks


3. MONTE ROSA – 4634 MT. 30.09.2011
The challenge: Open a new route together with Marco Barmasse (Hervé’s father)
Terrain: mixed with ice and rocks


"This trilogy shows that, even today, if you take the risk and accept the challenge the Alps may offer, there are still great opportunities for opening new routes and living extraordinary adventures and emotions.

Today, as well as in the past, this goal can be achieved by preserving fundamental characteristics of classic climbing such as risk, uncertainty, exposure and ability to climb any kind of terrain: ice, rock and mixed.

What I have learned from these three ascents, is that what really counts is not which mountain we decide to climb, its height or its technical difficulties, but the way we face the challenge, the emotions and feelings that these experiences may give us, the same unique emotions that tomorrow will guide me again to another expedition."
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Hervè Barmasse – “Not So Far” Movie Trailer

This film shows live the three climbing adventures: the left pillard of Brouillard, the South-East face of the Gnifetti Top and, finally, the Muzio Peak of the Cervino, where Hervé faces high risks and difficulties on his own. The three adventures are all exceptional for their locations, their long distances and for the spirit which characterizes them

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

Openers: Hervé Barmasse and Marco Barmasse on September 30th, 2011
Area of the route: Monte Rosa South-East face, Valle d’Aosta, Italy
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

Exploring The Alps: New Route Opened on the Monte Rosa

The North Face® Athletes 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.

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.

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.

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.