Do you sometimes wonder why alpine minerals are so expensive, so hard to find and sought after ? Take a step into the world of French crystal hunters in the Mont-Blanc mountains !

Climate change is melting the glaciers and permafrost of the Mont Blanc massif, revealing crystals hidden in pockets once covered in snow. Simon Akam tagged along on an expedition with one of the area’s most legendary hunters, a daring French alpinist who completes dangerous climbs to discover specimens worth tens of thousands of dollars.

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