The Trilogy range echoes an event that helped define modern mountaineering: the Alpine Trilogy by Christophe Profit. Equipped by Millet, he performed a free-solo enchainment of the three most challenging north faces in the Alps.
Grandes Jorasses, Eiger, Matterhorn. This winter ascent, free-soloing the three north faces in under 42 hours, caused shockwaves in 1987, ushering in the era of fast and light mountaineering. The products in the Trilogy range bear the same hallmarks as the French alpinist’s sporting feat: commitment and high technicality.
The beginning of « fast and light » style in mountaineering
Grindelwald mountain guide
Les Grandes Jorasses
Mont Blanc Massif (France)
This giant is one of the most beautiful and toughest walls in the Alps. Some 1,200 meters high, it begins at the foot of the Walker Spur (3,010 m), rising to the highest point of Grandes Jorasses (4,208 m). During his trilogy, Profit scaled the wall in barely five hours, via the Croz Spur.
Bernese Oberland (Switzerland)
The longest of the three best-known north faces in the Alps, it was also the last to be conquered: only in 1938 did mountaineers climb the 1,600 meters of this Swiss wall, from its base to the summit of the Eiger (3,970 m).
Valais Alps (Switzerland)
The Matterhorn’s imposing pyramid form straddles the Italian-Swiss border. Its north face, on the Swiss side, is 1,000 meters high, terminating at the tip of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). First scaled in 1931, it was the final stage in Profit’s trilogy, taking five hours.
Free-solo Alpine enchainment race given extra edge by Profit/Escoffier face-off
Long considered “the last three problems in the Alps”, the north faces of Grandes Jorasses, the Matterhorn and the Eiger are viewed by every generation of alpinists as the most prestigious. Though each had already been free soloed, no one had managed a winter enchainment without ropes or any other protective equipment. This target generated a frantic race between two young French alpinists at the peak of their powers: Eric Escoffier and Christophe Profit. In March 1987, they both launched an assault on these mythical faces – the setting of legendary and drama-packed adventures in the past, and three faces renowned for their technical demands and sheer difficulty. In a display of extreme commitment, Christophe Profit overcame these three mountains in 42 hours, using para-glider and helicopter transfers to reach the start-point of each climb; and spending a whole night on the Eiger – an immense limestone wall covered by ice and frequently swept by falling stones. A pure exploit in its time, this trilogy marked the advent of fast and light mountaineering.