Who hasn’t dreamed of finding treasure one day? There are numerous legends which tell of hidden mountain treasures, concealed behind a waterfall, in a cave, in a hole at the top of the highest and most inaccessible peak etc. Some lucky individuals have made this dream a reality.
In the last Hiking on the moon we met Frédéric Eva, a crystal hunter.
You can find crystals everywhere – there’s no particular height – you just have to know what to look for. First of all you have to identify a horizontal crack, called the quartz vein, which can indicate the presence of, and lead us to, a crystal furnace.
This activity isn’t suitable for everyone on account of the physical effort involved and the danger, particularly when climbing the Mont Blanc massif.
Crystal hunting is a traditional activity which requires a certain amount of expertise. They only use hand tools to help us reach the furnace. They only take “mature” crystals, in other words, crystals detached from their bedrock. If they’re not, they leave them!