This last Saturday Flo Gex, Lambert Galli, Luc Mongellaz and Bertrand Brun skied the notorious Benedetti route on the west face of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. In good years skiing this line includes up to 3500 vertical meters of skiing with about 2000 meters out of those between 40 and 50 degrees of steepness.
EpicTV reached Chamoniard Flo Gex to get his story from their descent and to unravel the mysteries around Te Crew.
Hey Flo! Congratulations on another big descent!
Thanks! Yes, it was a beautiful descent and we really had a great time! On the weekend before I skied the north face of Bionassay with Lambert and we really wanted to make a big ski descent before the end of the season!
How’s your summer going and what are you up to?
I´m having a beautiful summer but me and my friends are all working to be able to enjoy the next winter, so we only have the weekends to go up into the mountians and the weather has been really difficult, so it’s not easy to do lots of skiing!!
So tell us about your latest adventure on Mont Blanc!
We went up with the 7:30 bin (on Saturday morning, editor’s note) and climbed Mont Blanc via “3 monts” (Mt Blanc du Tacul, Mt Maudit to Mt Blanc, it’s about 1700 vertical meters and most people do it in a two day push, editor’s note).
At 13:00 we arrived at the summit of Mt Blanc and directly dropped down the west face. The snow was really hard at the start and we had a few moments with just a thin layer of snow on ice.
Half way down the face we did a short 15 m rappel over some rocks and the following 900 meters was softer and a pure bliss to ski!
Then we skied all the way to the end of the Mont Blanc glacier on the same side as the Quinto Sella refuge and hereafter we did two “delicate” rappels at the bottom to join Glacier de Miage.
From here we continued on foot to Lac Combal where Lambert’s dad came and picked us up!
You are born and raised in Chamonix, aren’t you? And you have been in the mountains your whole life, so tell us: What’s going on in your head when you’re skiing something big like this?
Yes, I’m born and bred in Chamonix and I have always followed and been looking up to the legendary skiers and boarders from here. We have always wanted to ski this face on Mt Blanc and it was just pure happiness to finally get to ski it. That’s it. And in the evening we where all super satisfied and went out in town to drink beer and Ricard! We were really happy!
You are a member of the, what can we say, nowadays legendary Te Crew in Chamonix. What is it and who’s in Te Crew? Why did you guys start this group?
Te Crew is an association that’s promoting voyages and the mountains in Chamonix, but just more than anything skiing in general!
Through Te Crew it´s easier for us to find founding for our projects all around the world and for doing expeditions with friends.
We ski together like a pack of wolves!!!
Te Crew is more than anything a way of living between friends, staying humble and having a good time skiing together in the mountains.
Thanks Flo, hope you get an awesome summer!
Thank you and see you soon!
(Answers translated from French to English by Andreas Fransson)
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