The peak that hides the mountain

On 20 September 1770, the summit of Mont Buet was reached by two Genevan scientists armed with a mercury barometer and thermometers. In the years that followed, this mountain of the Savoy states, located twenty kilometres north of Mont Blanc, became a veritable “laboratory of nature” for other Genevan personalities such as Marc-Théodore Bourrit, artist and writer, and academicians Horace Bénédict de Saussure and Marc-Auguste Pictet, and for the tourists who came to its slopes, notably the Parminter cousins in 1786. The summit became a privileged scientific site, but also a point of intersection between different social worlds.

Between 2020 and 2022, two hundred and fifty years after the first ascent, a group of researchers from the EPFL's Laboratory for the History of Science and Technology, a curator from Geneva's Museum of the History of Science, three artists and a journalist followed several routes to the summit of Mont Buet to reconstruct the historic expeditions of Geneva's scientists. They took with them a replica of the barometer designed by Deluc and improved by Pictet, which was made by the MHS with the help of local craftsmen.

The peak that hides the mountain interweaves reproductions of historical documents with visual and audio testimonials. A living multimedia archive, this platform invites you to trace your own path through the historical, topographical, and scientific skein of Mont Buet in Haute-Savoie. By allowing free browsing and reconfiguration of its material, as well as the sharing of personal documents, this collaborative archive invites you to participate in the construction of a collective representation of Mont Buet as a lived and living space.

Cyanometer

Altitude

1268m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Instrument, Human

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

Hamlet of les Montets

Altitude

1315m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Human

Date

20/05/2024

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Béatrice Durandard

Historical introduction

Simon Dumas Primbault interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

1417m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Social life, Human

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Maps and paths

Simon Dumas Primbault interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

1417m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Infrastructure, Human, Social life

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Photographs of the Bérard Waterfall

Altitude

1435m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Water

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

View of the waterfall

Altitude

1435m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape, Rock

Date

1779

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Bourrit's expedition

Credits

Fonds Famille Bourrit, Archives d'État de Genève

Bérard Waterfall

It is in the middle of a gorge, between rocks and a beautiful waterfall, that we started our hike. This water, which I had suspected for a long time to come from the Buet glacier, is called the water of Berard, from the name of the mountain from which it descends. We followed its banks for more than an hour.

Marc-Théodore Bourrit, Description des aspects du Mont-Blanc du côté de la Val-d’Aost (1776), 125.

We walked with courage through the gorge called the Berard, going up the torrent that bears its name: it is wild, especially in the upper part, which does not deprive it of greenery, of pastures, although they are surrounded by the debris of mountains.

Marc-Théodore Bourrit, Itinéraire de Genève, des glaciers de Chamouni, du Valais et du canton de Vaud (1808), 107.

Altitude

1435m

Media type

Text

Tags

Book

Date

09/1775

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Bourrit's expedition

La Cascade Bar

Altitude

1435m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Human, Social life, Infrastructure

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

Altitude Flowers (18/52 Flowers of the Buet)

Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper

28x21cm

Altitude

1491m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Flower

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Mushrooms in the Bérard Valley

Mushrooms of the Bérard valley, seen between the Bérard waterfall and the Cold Fountain.

Altitude

1491m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Mushroom

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Yohann Guffroy

Explanation of the names engraved in the stone

Simon Dumas Primbault interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

1528m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Human, Social life, Rock

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Names of past guides engraved in the rocks

Altitude

1537m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Infrastructure, Human

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Simon Dumas Primbault

Views from the hamlet of les Granges

Altitude

1565m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Human, Landscape, Infrastructure

Date

20/05/2024

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Béatrice Durandard

Rocks

Altitude

1704m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

View from and of the Pierre à Bérard Refuge

Peaks
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
30x40cm

Bérard Valley, Pass, and Peak
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
30x40cm

Altitude

1714m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Good Altitude Flowers (18/52 Flowers of the Buet)

Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper

28x21cm

Altitude

1751m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Flower

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

First Day of the Ascent

Altitude

1788m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Social life

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

View of the Red Peaks from the Bérard Valley

Altitude

1797m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

View of the Bérard Valley from below the refuge

Altitude

1881m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Perspective on Remote Summits around the Pierre à Bérard Refuge

Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper

40x30cm

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Topographic Map

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Instrument, Infrastructure

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

Life at the Refuge

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Human, Social life, Infrastructure

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

Sunrise at the Refuge

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Small Instruments

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Instrument

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Rumex alpinus in front of Bérard Valley

Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
40x50cm

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape, Flower

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Leporellos at the refuge

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape, Panorama

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Laura

Laura Piveteau interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Infrastructure, Human, Social life

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Roxane

Roxane Moinat interviewed at the refuge by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Human, Infrastructure, Social life

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Roxane and Laura

Roxane Moinat and Laura Piveteau interviewed at the refuge by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Human, Infrastructure, Social life

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Ruins of the Buet Chalet-Hôtel

Ruins of the first refuge of the valley, destroyed in the 1950s by an avalanche.

Altitude

1955m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Social life, Rock

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Yohann Guffroy

Alpine Ibex

Ibex seen near the Pierre à Bérard refuge.

Altitude

1964m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Animal

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Yohann Guffroy

Bérard Rock

Altitude

1983m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Rock, Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Buttresses and Water Tank

Altitude

1983m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Water

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Subterranean Canal

Altitude

1992m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Water

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry, Nicolas Nova

Water Tank

Altitude

1992m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Water, Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Water Canals

Altitude

1992m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Water, Infrastructure

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Glances above the Refuge

Alphonse Favre Peak and glacier of the dead
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
40x50cm

Towards Mont Buet
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
40x50cm

Altitude

2020m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Ibexes

Altitude

2057m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Animal

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Chachereau

View from the Bérard Combe

Altitude

2103m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Rock

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Marianna Fenzi

View of Mont Buet from the Bérard Combe

Altitude

2103m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Protogine (granite) from Mont Oreb

Protogine from Mont Oreb with a sulphide lead and zinc vein. Sample from the Collection of rocks of Horace Bénédict de Saussure.

Credit: Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Genève

Altitude

2103m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock

Date

1776

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Getaway above the Pierre à Bérard refuge just before the sun goes behind the mountain

Rumex alpinus in front of Beugeant Pass
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
30x40cm

Around the Pierre à Bérard Refuge
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
30x40cm

Altitude

2122m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape, Flower

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Bérard Combe

Altitude

2261m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Rock

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Marianna Fenzi

High Altitude Flowers (18/52 Flowers of the Buet)

Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper

28x21cm

Altitude

2307m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Flower

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Second Day of the Ascent

Altitude

2428m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Social life

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Veined granite from Mont Buet

Veined granite from Mont Buet. Sample from the Collection of rocks of Horace Bénédict de Saussure

Credit: Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Genève

Altitude

2437m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock

Date

1776

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Return

Chamois Peak
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
40x50cm

Descent towards the Refuge
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Paper
40x50cm

Altitude

2521m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Alpine Ibex

Ibex seen near the Salenton pass.

Altitude

2521m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Animal, Rock

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Yohann Guffroy

The cantor's table

After two hours of continuous hiking, but not too accelerated, we arrive at the foot of a rock, whose base presents natural seats, which seem to invite the traveler to rest there. Mr. Bourrit, who dined there on his first trip, left his name on it; the guides call this place the Cantor's Table [after Bourrit who was cantor at the cathedral of Geneva]. These rocks are still of the same veined granite.

Horace Bénédict Saussure, Voyages dans les Alpes (1779), I, 478.

Altitude

2576m

Media type

Text

Tags

Social life

Date

13/07/1778

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

The Tour from the Cantor's Table

Altitude

2576m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape

Date

1779

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Bourrit's expedition

Credits

Fonds Famille Bourrit, Archives d'État de Genève

The Cantor's Table?

Altitude

2576m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape, Social life

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Towards the Summit

Bérard Pass and Breach
Watercolor and Indian Ink on Papier
40x50cm

Ascent to Buet towards Salenton Pass
 

Altitude

2623m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Névé

Altitude

2660m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape, Snow

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

View of the Tour's Glacier

Altitude

2753m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Marianna Fenzi

Serpentine path

Altitude

2910m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Human, Rock

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

Veined limestone from Mont Buet

Veined limestone from Mont Buet. Sample from the Collection of rocks of Horace Bénédict de Saussure

Altitude

2948m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock

Date

1776

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Credits

Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Genève

Limestone with spar vein

Limestone with spath vein. Sample from the Collection of rocks of Horace Bénédict de Saussure.

Altitude

2957m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock

Date

1776

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Credits

Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Genève

View of the Tour Glacier

Altitude

2994m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Human

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

Mont Blanc

Altitude

3003m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Snow

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Marianna Fenzi

Fiz Rocks

Altitude

3003m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Rock

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Marianna Fenzi

Mont Blanc behind a solar panel

Altitude

3012m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

Mont Blanc in the clouds

Altitude

3012m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Snow

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

Solar panel

Altitude

3022m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Rock

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

View of Chamonix Aiguilles

Altitude

3022m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Rock

Date

27/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero, Marianna Fenzi

Panorama from the Relay Antenna

Altitude

3022m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Chachereau

North Panorama

Altitude

3022m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Panorama, Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Simon Dumas Primbault

Relay Antenna

Altitude

3022m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

Pictet's Shelter

Altitude

3031m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Rock

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova, Jérôme Baudry

On the Summit

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Social life, Experiment

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Summit

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape, Snow

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Marianna Fenzi

Panorama from the Summit

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Panorama

Date

2020

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Stéphane Fischer

Circular view of the mountains from the top of the Buet Glacier

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Engraving

Tags

Landscape, Panorama, Book

Date

1779

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Credits

ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Rar 5510

Reenactment of the boiling water experiment

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Instrument, Experiment

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero, Jérôme Baudry

Replica of the Deluc barometer

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Instrument

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Olga Cafiero

First idea for a circular view

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Panorama

Date

08/09/1776

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Credits

Archive Saussure, Bibliothèque de Genève

Explanation of the circular view

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Panorama, Book

Date

07/1779

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Bourrit's expedition

Credits

Archive Saussure, Bibliothèque de Genève

Drawings for the Circular View

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Panorama, Landscape

Date

09/1776

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Bourrit's expedition

Credits

Fonds Famille Bourrit, Archives d'État de Genève

Saussure's Explanation of the Circular View

This plate was intended to give an idea of the view of the mountains that one discovers from the top of Buet. The spectator is supposed to be placed in the center of the figure, and all the objects are drawn in perspective around this center, as they present themselves to an eye situated in this same center, and which makes successively the turn of all its horizon. [...]

According to the method I have used, the draftsman paints the objects exactly as he sees them, turning his paper as he turns himself, and those who, according to his work, want to form an idea of the objects he has drawn, have only to imagine that they are placed in the center of the drawing, to enlarge by imagination what they see above this center, and by turning the drawing, to survey all its parts. They thus see successively all the objects linked together, & entirely as they present themselves to an observer situated on the top of the mountain.

My aim was to give this kind of drawing an almost geometrical accuracy. I wanted the Draughtsman to begin by tracing on his paper a large circle, to which he would give the name of horizontal circle; that he would place on the circumference of this circle, all the visible points which would be exactly at the level of his eye; that he would draw outside this circle the objects situated above his horizon; & inside, all those which would be below this same horizon.

Horace Bénédict Saussure, Voyages dans les Alpes (1779), I, 496-498.

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Text

Tags

Panorama, Book, Social life

Date

1779

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Cyanometer

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Instrument, Human

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

Hygrometer and notes

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Human, Instrument, Rock

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Nicolas Nova

Barometric Measurement of the Altitude

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Human, Instrument, Experiment

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

Les gens #1 (Mont Buet 2021)

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Rock, Landscape, Human, Water, Social life, Animal

Date

2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Joell Nicolas

Leporellos at the summit

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Panorama, Landscape

Date

28/08/2021

Route(s)

South

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Pascale Favre

Watercolour by Escher van der Linth of Bourrit's circular view

Hans Conrad Escher von der Linth

C. 1790–1810
Watercolour and ink on laid paper 21,2×18,5 cm

Graphische Sammlung ETH Zurich

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Drawing

Tags

Panorama

Date

1800

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Hans Conrad Escher von der Linth

Bourrit and Saussure's visual thinking

Jérôme Baudry interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Landscape, Instrument, Human

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

On Bourrit's circular view

Jérôme Baudry interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Landscape, Panorama, Human

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Boiling water experiment

Stéphane Fischer interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Experiment, Instrument, Human, Social life, Water

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Victoire

Victoire Kezeu interviewed by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Human, Social life

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Neethu

Neethu Kizhakkedom interviewed on the summit by Sophie Iselin

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Sound

Tags

Human, Social life

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

South

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Sophie Iselin

Deluc's Barometer

Altitude

814m

Media type

Engraving

Tags

Instrument

Date

21/09/1770

Route(s)

North

Expedition

Deluc brothers' expedition

Credits

ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Rar 5510

Recherches sur les modifications de l'atmosphère

Altitude

814m

Media type

Print

Tags

Book

Date

1770

Route(s)

North

Expedition

Deluc brothers' expedition

Credits

Recherches sur les modifications de l'atmosphère

The Boiling Water Experiment

Altitude

814m

Media type

Engraving

Tags

Instrument

Date

1772

Route(s)

North

Expedition

Deluc brothers' expedition

Credits

ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Rar 5510

Boiling Water Experiment, Grenairon

Altitude

1974m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Experiment

Date

12/09/2020

Route(s)

North

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Marianna Fenzi

View of Mont Blanc from Grenier

We climbed for nearly four hours, by roads where we were often obliged to help ourselves with our hands, and often also to use precaution when we wanted to look behind. However the impatience to see what these rocks hid from us, helping us to overcome these obstacles, we finally arrived at their summit. But what was our surprise and our chagrin, when we saw ourselves at the top of the most terrible precipice, by which we found ourselves separated from this summit which we sought!

We remained for a long time motionless with admiration as much as with fear. The Mont Blanc presented itself to our eyes in all its majesty; I do not exagerate, it is the feeling that it inspires. The very precipice which stopped our course, was majestic. Let us imagine a depth of more than 4000 feet, surrounded by sheer rocks, & in which it seemed that a few steps ahead would precipitate us: this idea can only be frightening; but the eyes, after having stopped on these rocks with fear, rested pleasantly at the bottom of the precipice. A happy pasture, dotted with barns and surrounded by woods, softened the horror of these places, of which the waterfalls which rushed there from the top of the rocks, disturbed only the silence; the roars of the herds could not reach us. When we could occupy ourselves with something other than with objects so new to us, although accustomed to the mountains, we showed our guides, in spite of ourselves, the summit where we wanted to go: but it was no longer time.  Half of the day had already passed and although it seemed to us that by turning the precipice to the left, we could reach it, the enterprise was too long and too risky for what remained of the day.

Jean-André Deluc, Recherches sur les modifications de l’atmosphère (1772), II, 297. 

Altitude

2502m

Media type

Text

Tags

Landscape, Book

Date

25/08/1765

Route(s)

North

Expedition

Deluc brothers' expedition

The Cathedral

Altitude

2502m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

13/09/2020

Route(s)

North

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Ion Mihailescu, Jérôme Baudry

Snow Cover on the Buet on July, 21st, 1985

Altitude

2771m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Human, Snow

Date

21/07/1985

Route(s)

North

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Guillaume Tarche

View of the Tour Glacier

Altitude

2827m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

13/09/2020

Route(s)

North

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Ion Mihailescu

Fixed Ropes on the Buet Crest

Altitude

2975m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Rock

Date

13/09/2020

Route(s)

North

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Ion Mihailescu

Boiling Water Experiment

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Experiment, Human

Date

13/09/2020

Route(s)

North

Expedition

EPFL reconstitution

Credits

Jérôme Baudry

View of snowy Mont Buet from Les Contamines-Montjoie

Altitude

1593m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Snow, Panorama, Landscape

Date

06/01/2022

Route(s)

West

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Simon Dumas Primbault

The Buet seen from the glacier of Argentière

Oil on canvas, Gabriel Loppé
Undated

Altitude

749m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Snow

Date

1876

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Gabriel Loppé

Voyages dans les Alpes

Altitude

814m

Media type

Print

Tags

Book

Date

1779

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Credits

ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Rar 8472, Voyages dans les Alpes

Description des aspects du Mont-Blanc du côté de la Val-d'Aost

Altitude

814m

Media type

Print

Tags

Book

Date

1779

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Bourrit's expedition

Credits

Zentralbibliothek Zürich, NG 646

Saussure's herbarium

Clusius' leopard's-bane (Doronicum clusii); Scheuchzer's cottongrass (Eriophorum scheuchzeri); Alpine saw-wort (Saussurea alpina); Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum).

 

Altitude

814m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Flower

Date

1779

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Saussure's expedition

Credits

Conservatoire et jardin botaniques de Genève

Reflection

Altitude

1519m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Water, Rock

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Anto Barisic

Bérard's Water

Altitude

1778m

Media type

Photography

Tags

/

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Bérard Valley

Vue d'un chamois depuis le vallon de Bérard.

Altitude

1843m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Animal, Rock

Date

12/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Hiking Path

Altitude

1908m

Media type

Photography

Tags

/

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Bérard Refuge

Résidence temporaire du gardien du Refuge de la Pierre à Bérard

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Social life, Human

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Mont Buet

Depuis le refuge de la Pierre à Bérard.

Altitude

1927m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Helicopter transport of goods for the Bérard refuge

Vue depuis le refuge.

Altitude

1936m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Infrastructure, Human, Social life

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Tête du Ret

Vue depuis le refuge.

Altitude

1936m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape

Date

13/07/2023

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Aiguille de Salenton

Vue depuis le refuge de la Pierre à Bérard.

Altitude

1936m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Human, Flower, Rock, Landscape

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Rocailles et végétations autour du refuge de la Pierre à Bérard

Vue vers les glaciers depuis le refuge.

Altitude

1936m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Flower, Snow

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solene Hoffmann

Aiguille Morris et de Mesure

Altitude

1955m

Media type

Photography

Tags

/

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Low clouds

Altitude

1992m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Flower

Date

03/09/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Anto Barisic

Bérard and Anneuley Glaciers

Altitude

2029m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape, Snow

Date

07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Bérard Refuge

Altitude

2029m

Media type

Photography

Tags

/

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Aiguille Morris

Altitude

2103m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape

Date

11/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Aiguilles des chamois

Vue des aiguilles et glaciers au sud, depuis le refuge de la Pierre à Bérard

Altitude

2122m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Snow, Rock, Landscape

Date

11/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Traces of our passage

Altitude

2122m

Media type

Photography

Tags

/

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Bérard Glacier

Vue du glacier depuis les hauteurs du col de Salenton

Altitude

2298m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Snow

Date

11/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Brèche de Salenton

Altitude

2391m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Rock, Snow

Date

11/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Portrait of a mountain

Sur le chemin vers le Mont Buet, depuis le refuge de la Pierre à Bérard.

Altitude

2484m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Snow

Date

11/07/2023

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Bérard Pass

Altitude

2484m

Media type

Photography

Tags

/

Date

13/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Rising sun

Altitude

2511m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Anto Barisic

Depuis le Col de Salenton

Vue vers le Nord-Ouest depuis le col de Salenton

Altitude

2511m

Media type

Photography

Tags

/

Date

01/07/2023

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Aiguille de Salenton

Vue vers le Nord depuis le col de Salenton

Altitude

2530m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Rock

Date

11/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

Col de Salenton

Vue vers le Nord-Ouest depuis le Col de Salenton

Altitude

2539m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Snow, Landscape

Date

11/07/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Solène Hoffmann

First hike

Altitude

2734m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Panorama, Snow, Rock

Date

09/04/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Victoire Kezeu Tchouangang

Mont Blanc

Altitude

2938m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Snow, Landscape

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Anto Barisic

Shelter

Altitude

3031m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Human, Infrastructure, Social life

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Anto Barisic

Sunset on the Mont-Blanc massif seen from the summit of Buet

Oil on canvas, Gabriel Loppé (1825-1913)
Undated
Collection: Amis du Vieux Chamonix

Altitude

3087m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Landscape, Snow

Date

1880

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Gabriel Loppé

Panorama of Mont Blanc from Mont Buet around 1900

Photo studio Jullien Frères

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Panorama, Landscape

Date

1900

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

John Jullien

Glacier

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Photography

Tags

Rock, Landscape, Snow

Date

04/09/2022

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions

Credits

Anto Barisic

Mont Blanc and the range of Aiguilles Rouges. View from the summit of Buet (Haute Savoie department)

Excerpted from

Eyma, Xavier et Dessaix, Joseph, Nice et Savoie, sites pittoresques, monuments, description et histoire des départements de la Savoie, de la Haute-Savoie et des Alpes-Maritimes... réunis à la France en 1860. Partie 2, Paris, H. Charpentier, 1864.

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k1095411c/f93.item#

Altitude

3096m

Media type

Engraving

Tags

Human, Panorama

Date

1864

Route(s)

/

Expedition

Public expeditions