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.

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Périades bivouac, photo source @mpora.com
Périades bivouac crashed, photo source @ledauphine.com

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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