historic footage of Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant
In my efforts to dodge work - actually, I was doing important research - I came across this great clip from the late 70's of French extreme ski pioneers Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant. This is the first descent of Mont Blanc's Arete de Peuterey circa 1977. Glen Plake and Nate Wallace followed up in June 2009 and became the first Americans to ski it - 32 years later! The music is a little tough, but the footage, their gear, and their ski line are impressive.