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ricki 05-03-2011 05:52 PM

Photo of the Day!!!
Still shots or video, if it is intriguing and from alpine regions show us here! Note: not everything that will show up here is necessarily advisable or even smart. It is for the entertainment of folks physically removed from alpine reaches by geography, if only temporarily.

ricki 05-03-2011 05:55 PM

"Antoine Montant pulls off the first-ever speed ride along the cables of Chamonix's old cable car. Antoine is the world's leading speed flyer, a sport that combines skiing, paragliding and sky diving."

Wonder when this will take off in the USA at major resorts? They probably will mount Ack-Ack guns to take out incoming gliders first I would imagine. Great scenery in Chamonix and don't you wish you had Red Bull skies too?!

ricki 05-03-2011 05:59 PM
Well worth a look, just not trying!

Here's a bit of irony, I think an ancestor, Christian Jossi, perhaps my great grandfather (still checking), was on the first team to successfully climb the Eiger in winter.* This without Gortex, high tech lines/climbing tools, communications, freeze dried rations, etc..

I wonder what he would have thought of descending the Eiger in this fashion? I bet he would have got off on giving it a try. Boggles the mind. I have no doubt the English guys that drove climbing and skiing into the Jungfrau area would have eaten it up in Victorian times.

* "On January 7, 1890, the Englishmen Mead and Woodroffe, together with the guides Ulrich Kaufmann and Christian Jossi, were the first to conquer the Eiger in winter time."

Any climbers out there who are into history of climbing in the Alps? Still trying to run down some leads on some of the family climbing guides. Thanks!

Still more clips of flying down the slopes at:
A view of the northwest face of the Eiger from Murren just before a fohn (a type of alpine windstorm)

ricki 05-03-2011 05:59 PM

Lots of ways of traveling over the Eiger. Here are a few on video ...

Climbing, fast.

Overflying by wingsuit

Base jumping, sort of

Back in time through cinema. The second isn't a bad movie although the tacky trailer might have you avoid the flick!

Speed flying down the Nordwand, (watch out for that rock!)


ricki 05-05-2011 02:23 PM

If you see these guys on the slope above you, I would get out of the way fast! Avalanches can really wreck your day. Some impressive filming though and in the back country I understand in the French Alps.

"Matthias Giraud and Aiguille Croche capture some of the most incredible content seen by GoPro as they hit the Alps like true heroes skiing the French backcountry while escaping a large avalanche on their tails!"[

ricki 05-06-2011 08:34 PM
No worries, the rider is going to use a karate block on the tumbling snowmobile.
Click image for video

Just came across what looks like a near death snowmobile experience in the mountains. Have you ever dreamed of being attacked with a chainsaw? This is like that only instead of a chainsaw it is a tumbling pissed off snowmobile chasing the offending rider down a steep narrow rocky couloir.

The rider shifts into a high speed spinning and tumbling slide down the steep chute. He attempts to grab and hold the tumbling speeding 600 pound snowmobile.

You can see the video from the perspective of the guys at the top of the mountain:


ricki 08-19-2011 11:05 AM

Speed flying outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Looks like fun and it was nice that there were no abrupt stops in the action!

ricki 08-29-2011 07:21 AM

Nice visuals, this guy puts a ton of energy and speed into moves on the steeps. The outtake wipeouts had to have been spectacular.

ricki 09-14-2011 01:28 PM

An amazing GoPro video of riding through some intensely deep powder above Lake Tahoe!

ricki 12-02-2011 05:58 AM

"The Most Amazing Skiing Video Ever"

Looks pretty interesting, still most amazing ever? What do you think?

ricki 12-22-2011 05:01 PM

Coumayeur, Italy, I have a soft spot for this small ski area in the Italian Aosta Valley. It was the first place I visited in the Alps with Alpine Adventures out of Ft. Lauderdale back in 1997. What a great experience it was too, this small scenic area opposite Monte Bianco, visits to Chamonix, Valle Glace and over to Zermatt. I highly recommend the area and Alpine Adventures for folks interested in a great locale for mountain sports, great food and ambiance.

ricki 01-24-2012 05:05 PM

Chamonix, a marvelous place for things alpine with some excellent memories. Sharing half of the Mont Blanc Massif with Courmayeur, Italy, this place is a nexus for intense alpine happenings.

Video of the Free ride competition there.

and another ...
Mont Blanc from the Chamonix, FR side as seen from Mount Brevant.
Monte Bianco from the Courmayeur, IT side.

You can experience marvels of the Alps in three countries close to this area.


ricki 04-23-2012 09:15 AM

"this was created by Sherpas Cinema

Its called Chimæra; which is a utopia. A dream or fantasy. Mythological, it references a fusion of forms that is the personification of winter. By slowing down our perception of reality we get a unique look at a skier's life. Just plug in your headphones and let your senses take over.
I could not find it on youtube so i decided to upload it myself so more people can see the beauty of skiing.

Check out our channel for more cool videos"

ricki 12-24-2013 12:04 PM

This guy had Christmas early and a very good thing too. The Chutes are off pieste in the back country and prone to avalanches.


ricki 01-24-2014 12:16 PM

Beatenburg, CH approaching sunset


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