Chamonix: the Périades bivouac exposed at the Majestic


On the 1st of August 2019, a section of the Périades bivouac collapsed, as a result of climate change.

A few weeks later, a call for donations has been launched to restore the historic bivouac.

Many people donated, but since the cabin suffered from its foundation, building a new one was a natural choice.

Thus, the old Périades bivouac is exposed at the Majestic until 12 January 2020.

Périades bivouac, photo source
Périades bivouac crashed, photo source

Situated at an altitude of 3,421 m (11,223 ft), the little cabin has a rich history. Built in 1925 and renovated in 1966, it could host three people.

But everything changed in August 2019, when the cabin became a victim of global warming & collapsed.

To help restore the legendary hut, Jean-Sebastien Knoertzer, an instructor from ENSA (National School of Ski and Alpinism, from French: École Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme), organized a pot to restore the Périades bivouac.

 The objective was to collect 800 euros (712 £), but, amazingly, people from all over France donated a total sum of 14,230 euros (12,678 £).

But the cabin suffered from its foundation, so to build a new one would be the right choice.

A new identical hut is being built and the old one is now exposed on the Majestic terrace in Chamonix until 12 January 2020 (Radio Mont-Blanc).

After that, it will be dismantled, stored and eventually exposed at the Alpine Museum.

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