Aiguille du Dru
This striking granite mountain, in the French Alps’ Mont Blanc massif, is named Aiguille (or “needle”) for its piercing pyramidal form. While it might look like a monolith, there are actually two peaks – the 3,733m (12,247ft) Petit Dru and the 3,754m (12,316ft) Grand Dru – and the mountain is also commonly known as Les Drus. With a number of severe and icy routes, the mountain is legendary amongst climbers, and it has a long history of mountaineering. Famously, in 1913, a party of climbers attempted to place an aluminium statue of Our Lady of Lourdes at the peak. Due to bad weather, however, the statue was abandoned in a rocky crevice until 1919 when it was finally hoisted to the summit where it remains today.