Statues of H.B. De Saussure and Jacques Balmat in Chamonix, France, Europe.
Statues of H.B. De Saussure and Jacques Balmat look up at Mont Blanc in downtown Chamonix, France, Europe. Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (1740-1799) was a Genevan aristocrat, physicist and Alpine traveller, often considered the founder of alpinism and the first person to build a successful solar oven. A chamois hunter and collector of crystals, Balmat completed the first ascent of Mont Blanc with physician Michel-Gabriel Paccard on August 8, 1786.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download