Walker Spur, North Face of Grandes Jorasses

[EN/RO]Walker Spur (ED1, 6a, IV, 90°, 1200m). The hunt for a new classic and famous climb (Alps' Classic & Famous) started off surprisingly well. Is there an alpinist not wishing to climb the Walker Spur in Grandes Jorasses once in a lifetime? Since 2015 when I climbed the Croz Spur together with Alex Prigoană I wanted to return as soon as possible to the North Face of Grandes Jorasses because I especially enjoyed the atmosphere, the size of the wall and the climbing here. I did not start with a clear objective to climb a certain route, but I [...]

Walker Spur, North Face of Grandes Jorasses2020-06-28T15:03:53+00:00

Frendo Spur, Aiguille du Midi

[EN/RO] Frendo Spur (D+, III, 5c, 80°, 1200m) is a classic climb straight above Chamonix, a rocky buttress that stands out to the left of Aiguille du Midi. It is a real alpine climb, complex and quite long (approx. 1000 m from base to the top) with rock climbing sections and towards the end with steep snow and ice slopes. It doesn't have high technical sections, however the engagement, the route finding and the need to move fast and efficient in exposed terrain makes it highly complex. It is seen by many as good training or a test before [...]

Frendo Spur, Aiguille du Midi2020-06-28T15:03:53+00:00

The place to be! [3]

[EN/RO below]On our last climb attempt in the Torre Valley we noticed huge crevasses opened, snow bridges collapsed, some ice lines disappeared and no more rime snow on the granite faces. Another lesson learned: the conditions change extremely fast in Patagonia. Maybe there will be good conditions soon for rock climbing routes, I thought and started looking for some interesting routes to climb. Cerro Torre was obviously put on hold for now because there was simply no weather window long enough to even attempt to start a climb like that (we needed at least 3 days in a row). But [...]

The place to be! [3]2020-06-28T15:03:54+00:00

Window of opportunities? [2]

[EN/RO below] Sustained ice chimney on Exocet | Aguja Standhardt We had plenty of things to do in the small village of El Chalten so we didn't get bored waiting for good weather conditions. Short bouldering sessions in the forest outside the village, repairing our broken tent, searching for the right food to bring in the mountains, meeting local climbers and talking about routes and climbs, testing the best local beer were normal daily activities. A higher atmospheric pressure was predicted to arrive across the massif on the New Year's Eve so we got ready to hike up to Niponino [...]

Window of opportunities? [2]2020-06-28T15:03:54+00:00

Mihnea Prundeanu. Alpinist. Geographer. IFMGA Mountain Guide.

I love the mountains and the sports. I also love to travel, to discover the beauty of nature, to meet new people and learn about different cultures. My semi-nomadic lifestyle revolves around my family and my two passions: alpinism and geography, that have blended so well together. I believe that authentic alpinism means exploration, discovery of new ways of getting to the top, minimalist, fast and clean ascents and these are the values I try to reflect in my personal projects.

Mihnea Prundeanu. IFMGA Guiding with Alpine Tours.

My passion for the mountains started when I was a child when I would often make small excursions around the city or go camping with the scouts. Since then I visited or guided expeditions in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes and other remote areas. When I am not involved in personal projects I enjoy sharing my passion for the mountains with those wishing to discover it. To get in touch, you can write at mihnea@mihneaprundeanu.com.

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