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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Tardivel: Still After It

The amazing Pierre Tardivel, who has notched more than 70 first ski descents and skied from the south summit of Everest in a 25-year career, is taking advantage of this year's exceptional snow load in the Alps to carve off more ticks. Tardivel and Jérémy Janody have done four firsts in the last two months. At right, the line of "Bond'zai" on the east face of Pointe d'Areu, skied in mid-March. At left, the line of "Arav'extrem," which flirts with the ice gully Aravicimes on the north face of Puré de Joux, skied in early April. Both peaks are in the Aravis Range, between Annecy and Chamonix. There's more, too: Check here , here and here for accounts and photos of Tardivel's latest descents. Forty-two years old, and still after it. Amazing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow -- Tardivel is "only" 42? I remember reading of his exploits in Powder back in the 80s. Simply amazing then and still amazing now. I seem to recall that he was much like Mick Fowler in that he wasn't a full-time pro, instead choosing to hold down a job as a banker or somesuch. In the age of sound-bite hucking jibsters, his achievments are all the more meaningful.