Isolated landscapes and vast panoramas always have a twofold effect on me. Physical and mental effort give me great satisfaction and views, as if from another planet, make my life more beautiful. The three-week adventure begins in the cold in Swiss Gemmipass, where I spent a weekend on the slopes of the Rinderhorn. The fog that spreads through the valley and sweeps the neighbouring peaks intensifies the feeling of loneliness and close contact with nature.
The following days I gain mountain experience with a team of climbers from Poland, with whom we try to climb Mont Blanc. The weather in September gives us no chance. Gusty winds, frost and end of the season at the Tête Rousse shelter make us choose a different mountain. We acclimatise in the Italian Rifugio Torino, where we spend a few days exploring the Géant Glacier. Finally, we move to bathe in the autumn colours Gran Paradiso.
Photography & words by Michał Bździuch
Edited by Bis Turnor