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French Alpine Club - Expo Paris 1937

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The French Alpine Club presented the Vallot refuge which was dismantled and rebuilt after the Exhibition at the foot of the Bosses du Dromadaire (Mont Blanc Massif) at 4,330 metres.

This refuge was of a completely new design.

Because of the altitude and the difficulties of assembly, it was built in Duralumin, an excessively light and very strong composition usually used for aircraft beams.

But it is not heat-insulating, so layers of a product that protects climbers from the cold were placed between two walls.

This is the first hut of its kind in the world, as wood is almost universally used as a material.

The entrance was ingeniously arranged to prevent snow from penetrating the interior during gusts of wind.

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