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It's time to get home

The Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. The name translates

The cable car to the summit, the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, was built in 1955 and held the title of the world's highest cable car for about two decades. It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1,035 m to 3,842 m. There are two sections: from Chamonix to Plan de l'Aiguille at 2,317 m and then directly, without any support pillar, to the upper station at 3,777 m (the building contains an elevator to the summit). The span of the second section is 2,867 m measured directly, but only 2,500 m measured horizontally. It thus still is the second longest span width, measured directly. The tramway travels from Chamonix to the top of the Aiguille du Midi – an altitude gain of over 2,800 m – in 20 minutes. An adult ticket from Chamonix (as of July 2011) is €42.50 return

 

literally as "Needle of the South". It is said to be so called because of its position due south of Chamonix. (Midi literally means "Noon")

 

Source: Wikipedia.

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Taken on August 19, 2011