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    Chartreuse Mountains, The Swiss Alps (or France??!)

  • Ina Davis

    Beauty in the eye of the beholder La Tour Percee, a unique double arch situated in the Chartreuse mountains in France - (photo David George)

  • Kat D'Andrea

    Chartreuse Arch, French Alps photo by davidfoster At the end of May 2005 Grenoble climber Pascal Sombardier was exploring the foot of the Grand Manti cliffs situated in the Chartreuse mountains between Grenoble and Chambery He spied a couloir and decided to explore further. After climbing a short step he found himself in a suspended cwm, turning to his right he had trouble believing what he saw, a giant double arch spanning some 32 meters. An expert on the region, he had never heard of this natural wonder. Back in the valley he showed the photograph to walkers and climbers. It must be fake, there was no way that such a span could have remained hidden from view. He contacted the The Natural Arch and Bridge Society (NABS), a non-profit society that supports the study, appreciation, and preservation of natural arches and bridges. Their Europe expert rushed to view the marvel and told Pascal it is the biggest span in the Alps and the double arch is probably unique in the world. How had such an arch remained hidden for so long? There are no paths leading to base of the cliffs and access from above requires a long and precarious traverse with several abseils. The arch lies entirely within a bowl. From below it is completely invisible as is the access couloir. The arch can be seen from above but appears to be a hollow, one of many in the surrounding cliffs. An observer flying by in a plane or helicopter would see a tower but not the openings. Climbers, the only people who would have the technical expertise to explore the area, never ventured beyond the vast yellow 400 meter rock face of the Grand Manti.

  • Sandra

    Massif De La Chartreuse - unique rock formations in mountains in eastern France.

  • Cristov Russell

    Chartreuse Arch, French Alps #France #travel #mountains

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