French Phenom Enchains Three Peaks In Ecrins Massif

When Benjamin Vedrines sees a “logical, elegant line traveling through majestic portions” of alpine terrain, you’d be wise to bet on finding him there — soon.

You would have cashed in on Tuesday when the French climber completed a 14-hour enchainment of three peaks in the French Alps’ Ecrins massif. Between Les Claux and Villar d’Arène, Vedrines tagged the summits of the Pelvoux (3,946m), the Dôme des Écrins (4,015m), and the Meije Orientale (3,891m).

And it was all impromptu.

Vedrines announced the linkup on Instagram.

Because a planned trip to Chamonix fell through at the last second, he found himself staring at a gaping weather window with no plans.

Remembering he’d heard about the idea for the Ecrins project via skier Seb Louvet, Vedrines slammed a plan together and headed out.

When the smoke cleared, the French multi-discipline phenom had covered around 6,500 meters of vertical gain, including plenty of powder skiing.

It’s been a busy winter for Vedrines — he’s cranked out a steady stream of headline-inducing accomplishments since early January.

I don’t know what’s next for the seemingly supercharged alpinist. I only know I’d struggle to keep up.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents’ evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.