Simon Akam is a British writer. A contributing writer for the Economist’s 1843 magazine, his work has also appeared in Outside, GQ, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He is the author of The Changing of the Guard: The British Army Since 9/11.
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.