Great Alpinists: Catherine Destivelle - Copyright: René Robert


Great Alpinists: Catherine Destivelle

Client: Paris Match

I have known Catherine Destivelle for many years and followed her performances since her debuts 20 years ago, when she won the world championship.

I have witnessed several of her solitary ascents for Paris Match. I even accompanied her to Himalaya, where I had to climb with her in order to take some pictures. She was quite difficult to follow at time, believe me.

We became really good friends over the years. I guess sharing so many wonderful memories helped a little.

Selected Pictures


March 9, 1192. Catherine is attempting to ascent the north face of the Eiger.That performance will only take her 17 hours and made her a legend.

  • Swiss Alps


I spent 11 hours in an helicopter looking at Catherine while she was defying "the Ogre" as climbers call the Eiger.

  • Swiss Alps

The Grepon

On top of the Grepon with her sister during the movie "Au delà des Cimes" by Rémy Tezier

  • French Alps

Grand Capucin

These pictures can be looked at in various ways. It is difficult to imagine that 500 meters are separating us from the snow below.

  • French Alps


Shooting in Thailand with Laurent Chevallier. Catherine climbed with the swallow's nests hunters.

  • Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Ice climbing

A stunning picture of Catherine in another exercise: ice climbing.

  • French Alps

Free climbing

Free climbing and nature in Provence. I love the pictures I have taken on that occasion: what a graceful lady!

  • Lubéron, France