On the Sunday morning of August 28th 2016, at 09:20 local time (MESZ), the alpinism team composed of Captain Antoine Labranche, High Mountain Guide Stéphanie Maureau, High Mountain Guide Guillaume Omont and Business Executive Alina Zagaytova, successfully reached the summit of the legendary Eiger Mountain (3,970m), with the Royal Canadian Air Force 438 Squadron and CASOL flags standing on top of Europe.
Photos: thank you to Mrs. Maureau, Mrs. Zagaytova, Mr. Omont, Mr. Labranche
The Eiger, is a mountain of the Alps located in Switzerland, first climbed by Swiss guides Christian Almer, Peter Bohren and Irish merchant Charles Barrington, who climbed the west flank on August 11, 1858. The north face, considered amongst the most challenging and dangerous ascents, was first climbed in 1938 by an Austrian-German expedition led by Heinrich Harrer, a mountaineer, sportsman, geographer and author.
Elevation: 3,970 m (13,020 ft)
First ascent: August 11, 1858
Prominence: 356 m
First ascenders: Christian Almer, Peter Bohren, Charles Barrington
Mountain range: Alps
Mont Eiger, Switzerland
Stéphanie Maureau, Antoine Labranche, Guillaume Omont and Alina Zagaytova, holding the 438 ETAH flag at the summit of the Eiger.
Stéphanie Maureau, Mont Eiger
Guillaume Omont, summit of Eiger with views on Mt Mönch, towards the West!
Mont Eiger, Switzerland
Guillaume near the summit
View from the top of the north face looking at the Kleine Scheidegg
Approaching the Glaciers at the Ridge
On Tuesday August 23rd 2016, at 8h30am, the alpinism team composed of aviator Antoine Labranche, Stéphanie Maureau, Guillaume Omont and Alina Zagaytova, reached the summit of the Matterhorn, the symbolic mountain peak of Europe, with the flags of 438 ETAH and CASOL fluttering in the wind.
The Matterhorn or Monte Cervino, also known in French as Mont Cervin is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It's history includes legendary climbs by alpinists such as Edward Whymper and Jean-Antoine Carrel.
Countries: Italy, Switzerland
Elevation: 4,478 m (14,692 ft)
First ascent: July 14, 1865
Prominence: 1,040 m
First ascender: Edward Whymper
Mountain range: Alps
"Deux dernières photos du sommet. Je trouve que ce panorama est superbe car il montre le coté de la Suisse (vallée enneigée) et celui de l'Italie (vallée verte). C'est avec cette comparaison que l'on peut bien observer combien l'ampleur d'une montagne, phénomène naturel, peut avoir un effet adverse sur la météo et le climat en général. Je suis tout petit comme être humain. "
Zermatt, Switzerland. From left to right: Stéphanie Maureau, Guillaume Omont, Alina Zagaytova, Antoine Labranche
The north face and the ridge before the horn of the Matterhorn.
Antoine Labranche holding the Casol flag at the Matterhorn summit, very very windy!
Captain Antoine Labranche holding the Casol flag, Mont-Blanc, Alps, France, August 19, 2016
"Great news, success on Mont-Blanc! On the morning of Friday, Aug 19th, at 09:00 we reached the summit of Mont-Blanc (4,809m)! We were lucky with the weather, with great visibility, offering a spectacular panoramic view of the Alps. We have some fantastic shots of the summit.
In light of a bad weather forecast at the beginning of the week, we opted to alter the trip itinerary and tackle Mt Blanc through a window of clear weather on Friday morning. Wednesday we prioritized a quick acclimatization at 3,842m, where we practiced glacier travel techniques at the Aiguille du Midi on the slopes of Mont Tacul. Thursday morning, we hiked to the Gouter Hut in poor visibility and took a break at Le Refuge du Goûter. The following morning, we set out at 4:30am in the dark for the summit of Mont Blanc. The sky was clear above us with a beautiful full moon shining over an overcast layer of alto-stratus below us.
The result was a challenging climb, with a rushed acclimatization, lack of sleep, and severe winds. A slight injury occurred on the descent from the summit into the Moraines. Thanks to Dr. John Kramer, the foot injury should not prevent a summit on the Matterhorn and the Eiger.
In spite of the injury and the challenges on the summit day, the ascent of Mont Blanc was a wonderful climb, an express summit up and down, with a decent rest and recovery in Chamonix.
Tomorrow we head out to the Matterhorn (4,478m). Now that we are acclimatized, the altitude should be less of an issue for us, given that we have already summited the highest mountain of our project. Our summit ascent is meant to be on Tuesday morning."
Antoine Labranche & Alina Zagaytova, top of Mont-Blanc, Alps, France, August 19, 2016
Captain Antoine Labranche, Mont-Hood, USA (2011) and Aconcagua Mountain, Andes, Argentina (2010)
Message from Mr. Labranche:
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