Great Alpinists: Catherine Destivelle

Great Alpinists: Catherine Destivelle

Client: Paris Match

Living in Chamonix, mountains are all around me. Capturing the majesty of moutains while avoiding stereotypes is a difficult exercise.

I have witnessed several of her solitary ascents for Paris Match. I even accompanied her to Himalaya, where I had to climb with her in order to take some pictures. She was quite difficult to follow at time, believe me.

We became really good friends over the years. I guess sharing so many wonderful memories helped a little.

  • Eiger


    March 9, 1992. Catherine is attempting to ascent the north face of the Eiger.That performance will only take her 17 hours and made her a legend.

    • Swiss Alps
    • March 9, 1992
  • Helicopter


    I spent 11 hours in an helicopter looking at Catherine while she was defying "the Ogre" as climbers call the Eiger.

    • Swiss Alps
    • March 9, 1992
  • The Grepon

    The Grepon

    On top of the Grepon with her sister during the movie "Au delà des Cimes" by Rémy Tezier.

    • French Alps
    • June 15, 2008
  • Grand Capucin

    Grand Capucin

    These pictures can be looked at in various ways. It is difficult to imagine that 500 meters are separating us from the snow below.

    • French Alps
    • June 24, 2008
  • Thailand


    Shooting in Thailand with Laurent Chevallier. Catherine climbed with the swallow's nests hunters.

    • Phi Phi Island, Thailand
    • March 20, 1990
  • Ice Climbing

    Ice Climbing

    A stunning picture of Catherine in another exercise: ice climbing.

    • French Alps
    • April 13, 2012
  • Free Climbing

    Free Climbing

    Free climbing and nature in Provence. I love the pictures I have taken on that occasion: what a graceful lady!

    • Lubéron, France
    • September 5, 1997