Ascent of Aiguille du Peigne, Chamonix, 1994Just a few words about me for the most curious of you. I was born in 1971 in the north-east of France and studied Computer Sciences at INSA de Lyon where I graduated in 1994.

During this time, my passion for mountains grew up and it is now more than 14 years that I am exercising alpinism, cross-country skiing, rock and ice climbing. The picture on the right was taken in 1994 in Chamonix during a training session organised by the FFME (French Federation for Mountaineering and Climbing) to qualify as an "Initiateur Alpinisme". This very interesting session allowed me to practice useful things like diving into a 20 metres deep crevasse and wait for people to get you out of it.

Unfortunately, I went almost nowhere but in the French Alps. I only started to travel abroad in 1999. Since then, I had the wonderful opportunity to climb one of the most beautiful mountains, the Ama Dablam located just in front of Mount Everest. Hopefully, the next years will give me a chance to visit places like Patagonia, Peru and Pakistan.

Click to enlargeAfter a long stay in Lyon were I've been a Software Development Team Leader with Esker, I am now living in a lovely village near Grenoble called Saint-Nizier du Moucherotte. The picture on the left shows the village with the "Massif des Ecrins" in the background. In Grenoble, I have been working for a few years as a Software Architect with Anova, and I recently appointed as a Software Engineer with the Instrumentation Group of the European Molecular Biology Lab.

Something that is closely related to my passion for mountains is my passion for flying : The wonderful feeling of scrutining our lovely earth from the heights... I was lucky enough to learn to pilot gliders during my duties in the air force. But since then, I lacked the time and money to continue. The day I get back to gliding I hope my regular training using Flight Simulator will help.

Calvin the BoldMy other hobbies are music, photography, and humour. My favorite humoristic cartoon is Calvin & Hobbes. Unfortunately, Bill Watterson decided to stop it a few years ago. Still you should try to read it and find out how good it is.

About photography, I was obviously very impressed by Galen Rowell's pictures. However, the poetry that you find in the art of Tairraz's family photographers is even more appealing to me.

If you are interested in either of these topics, I will be pleased to exchange views with you. Just drop me an email. Thank you for your interest in this site.

Kindly yours, Arnaud Clère.

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Calvin and Hobbes danceHobbes: Did you ask your mom if you could jump off the roof?
Calvin: Questions I know the answers to I don't need to ask, right?

Calvin: Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.