“This photo shows Korra Pesce on top of the Grandes Jorasses. The North Face of the Grandes Jorasses is a place I hold very dear. I’ve spent just as much time failing epically on its steep winter flanks as I have getting up them, but they have taught me so much about hard winter climbing and multiday technical routes. This particular day, we were doing a photo shoot for Millet – most people consider an ascent of the Grandes Jorasses a lifetime tick, but to do a photo shoot is quite another thing. Luckily Korra is my favorite mountain guide to work with, he’s a world-class alpinist and never thinks any of my strange photo suggestions are impossible or stupid. For me it was a great day’s work, but for Korra it was an even more special moment as he stood here on top of the Jorasses celebrating his tenth ascent of this iconic face.”
This week we’re presenting long-time Alpinist contributor Jon Griffith’s stories and photos as part of the #alpinistcommunity project. See Griffith’s photo essay from his and Will Sim’s 2015 ascent of Mt. Deborah (12,339’), here (http://bit.ly/1Iwv5mt).
This is his sixth post.
[Photo] Alpine Exposures- Jon Griffith Photography
LES GRANDES JORASSES, alt. 4208m
La vue imprenable depuis le sommet vers le massif du Mont Blanc, l’Aiguille Verte et les Drus avec le glacier du Mont Mallet et les Périades au dessous.
[The stunning view from the summit towards the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguille Verte and the Drus with the glacier du Mont Mallet and the Périades below]
Photo © Jonathan Griffith / Alpine Exposures-Jon Griffith Photography