Rébuffat, Gaston

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Rébuffat, Gaston Gender: M
Gaston Louis Simon Rébuffat
born on 7 May 1921 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Marseille, France, 43n18, 5e24
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 16°10' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°43 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 29°10'


French alpinist and mountain guide. The climbing technique, to gaston, was named after him. He was a recipient of France's prestigious Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneurin 1984.

Rébuffat began climbing in the Calanques becoming a mountain guide in 1942. He rose to international prominence in 1950 as one of the four principals of a French expedition during the first ascent of Annapurna, the highest peak then summitted. His most famous mountaineering feat was to be the first man to climb all six of the great north faces of the Alps--the Grandes Jorasses, the Piz Badile, the Petit Dru, the Matterhorn, the Cima Grande di Lavaredo, and the Eiger. His insistence on seeing a climb as an act of harmonious communion with the mountain, not a battle waged against it, seemed radical at the time, though Rébuffat's aesthetic has since won the day. He put up more than 40 new routes in the Alps.

He died 31 May 1985, Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'sports divers' pdf file, p. 117.


  • Vocation : Sports : Other Sports (alpinist and mountain guide)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession