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A view from the Mt Blanc Panoramic cable car that runs from Aiguille du Midi to Pointe Hellbronner on the France-Italy border. In the background is the icy massif of Monte Rosa (the highest mountain in Switzerland at 4634 m), which is 76 km away.

The mountains of the Mt Blanc Range seem to have more rock spires and needles than any other part of the Alps. In the foreground are some of these crazy rock needles.

A little story: the day after we took this ride, there was a malfunction of the cables and the cars could not move. 110 people were stuck in the cars. Most were rescued by helicopter, but 33 remained when darkness and fog came over the area, and the rescue had to be stopped for the night. These people had to spend the night in their little plastic bubbles, dangling 100 metres above the glacier at 3500 m altitude, cold and hungry. They were all rescued the next morning, with no injuries.

We knew nothing about this when, the next morning, we caught another cable car to the Grands Montets (oddly enough, this was destroyed by fire 2 years later), although the night before I did wonder why there were helicopters flying about the Aiguille du Midi. The people stranded in the cable cars were unlucky, but came back with a great story to tell!

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Additional Photos by Vincent Morand (vjmite) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 313 W: 30 N: 915] (4776)
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