A Special cristallier
In the scene of the Chamonix cristalliers, one name in particular stands out: Christophe Peray. For decades, he has shaped collecting in the Mont Blanc massif and recovered countless good finds.
With his teacher, the great Roger Fournier, Christophe started in the late 60s in the world of minerals. It quickly became clear to him that this should be more than just a hobby and that he wanted to pursue this profession full-time. Through Roger, he developed a very particular style for blasting in the Mt. Blanc massif. Instead of the usual base camps, Christophe works with many small bivouacs that he has placed in the big walls of famous peaks such as Les Courtes, Les Droites or the Aiguille Verte. In each one there is usually a sleeping bag, tools, climbing equipment and also canned food. Thus, he usually spends several days in the walls and can act freely and flexibly, searching the extremely steep walls during the day with a light pack. It is always fascinating to search for crystals in these extreme walls.