i know a place where no cars go

Arcade Fire – No Cars Go

 
Going up to the Aiguille du Midi is truly a remarkable experience! Seen from down below in the valley, the 3,842m peak (which literally translates to “Needle of the South”) is a sight to behold 🙂

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Below you will find the individual photos as well because they are worth seeing, This one almost makes it seem like it’s a floating kingdom in the clouds, I got lucky with the timing 😉

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The cable car takes you from the 1,035m in the valley (in Chamonix) to the 3,842m at the top and it is a ride you will not easily forget 😉 If you look closely, you can spot the red-colored cable car right below the Needle in the following photo.

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Once you’re there, the magnificent views begin!

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That’s Chamonix down at the bottom of the valley..

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All of those are over 3,500m high, some even over 4,000…

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Auguille du Midi is a starting point for many mountaineers who want to climb Mont Blanc. Often you spend a whole day or two at this altitude to get acclimated.

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For safety reasons (and because there isn’t much room sometimes), you walk in a single line and everybody is attached with a rope to the rest of the group. I just love this shot…

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The cracks in the ice that has been there for ages are exciting and terrifying to observe at the same time 😉

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We could see a base camp far down below us that climbers use either to take on Mont Blanc or just to do some climbing in the area.

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Just for perspective, below you can see the same camp to the left side of the shot with the majestic Mont Blanc in the background standing at 4,810m…

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The area is essentially climbers’ heaven 🙂

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I can’t think of a better ending than just saying “go there!!” 😉

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