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Christian Trommsdorff

French nationality
53 years old
Engineer and alpinist, Christian has been working for the past 13 years as a professional high mountain guide. In his carreer, many classic routes in the Alps and a lot of expeditions across the world. Certified as a UIAGM guide in Chamonix (ENSA, french national school of ski and alpinism), Christian is currently the president of the GHM (Groupe de Haute Montagne) and organiser of the Piolets d’Or event in Chamonix/CourmayeurChristian is also the vice-president of the french guides association (SNGM, syndicat national des guides de montagnes), and member of the executive board of the “Coordination Montagne” which regroups all institutions relating to mountaineering in France.
« The trend is about the piecesation and the sportivation of activities as well as about the development of competitions. »

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Expeditions
  • 2009, with Yannick Graziani: first ascent of Nemjung south face (7140m, Nepal), pure alpine style (2500m face graded ED+)
  • 2007, with Yannick Graziani: first ascent of Pumari Chhish south face (7350m, virgin summit, Karakoram Ouest, Pakistan), pure alpine style (2700m face, graded ABO)

That year the Piolets d’Or was cancelled but this climb was the first feature ascent in the American Alpine Journal (AAJ)

  • 2005, with Yannick Graziani and Patrick Wagnon: first ascent of Chomolonzo north (7200m) and central (7550m, Tibet), close to Makalu, pur alpine style (graded ABO, nominated for the 2006 "golden ice axe" awards)
  • 2004, with Yannick Graziani and Patrick Wagnon: first lightweight ascent  of the SE ridge of Makalu (8463m, Tibet/Nepal)
  • 2002, with Yannick Graziani and Patrick Wagnon: new  route in the west face of Chaukahamba II (7100m, Garwahl Himal, Inde), pure alpine style
  • 2001: Everest summit (8850m) alone, without oxygen and without support.
  • 2000 with Yannick Graziani and Patrick Wagnon: new route on Annapurna / Roc noir south face (7500m, Nepal) pure alpine style and traverse.
  • 1999 with Yannick Graziani: first ascent of Lobuche East north face, 6100m, pure alpine style (graded TD, Khumbu Himal, Nepal)
  • 1998 with Yannick Graziani: first ascent of Kusum Kanguru 
 
interview
+ What are the 3 most beautiful routes you achieved ?
1st ascent of Chomolonzo central summit (7550m) in 2005, 1st ascent of Punari Chhish South summit (7350m) in 2007, 1st ascent of the South Face of Nemjung (7120m) in 2009. The three ascents with Yannick Graziani in pure alpine style.
Who do you prefer mountaineering with ?
Yannick Graziani and Patrick Wagnon (the TGW's)
+ Your best time in mountain ?
Over my 35 years of climbing there ahave been plenty of them, when you reach a kind of state of fulfillment. Also times at very high altitude, not necessary at the summit.
+ And the worst ?
The loss of a climbing partner when I was 23
+ What do you like to do when you’re not mountaineering ?
Travelling, immersions in different countries and cultures. Drink good red wines and eat good food.
+ What’s your involvement with the Millet design center ?
I work mainly on the expeditions products.
+ How do you feel mountaineering will evolve in the next years ?
The trend is about the piecesation and the sportivation of activities as well as about the development of competitions. I engage myself in maintaining and promoting a spirit of adventure, commitment and also progressive experience, patience. Towards this, we need to preserve the non arranged adventure field on cliffs and high mountains.