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Mountain Profile: The Aiguille du Dru Part II (1955-2015)

Posted on: August 28, 2015


The Aiguille du Dru (3754m), Mont Blanc Range. This mountain has long been the setting for some of the most significant stages in the evolution of alpinism. Today, with increasing rockfall, the future of climbing there is uncertain. [Photo] Mario Colonel

"It seemed built to perpetuate our dreams"—thus Guido Magnone described the Aiguille du Dru in The West Face. Ian Parnell relives the history of a peak poised between mountaineering fantasies and environmental realities. Royal Robbins, Claude Remy, Andy Parkin and Jerome Sullivan share dispatches from the past to the future.

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