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Jacques was a devoted mountaineer. As a Savoyard, he had rocks, peaks and snow in his bones, and even though he grew up in Paris, his free time always found him headed back to Chamonix, and the mountains. 

There are in fact two peaks named Charmoz, near the Mont Blanc. Known as the Grands Charmoz, and Petits Charmoz, they were either named for our family, or vice versa. Both peaks are extensively written about in mountain climbing chronicles as extremely challenging. Jacques' daughter in law, Maryann Sewell Charmoz painted the peaks.  

 
 

He was one of the original members of the SCAP (Ski Club Alpin Parisien) which was founded by Jacques Klein. Jacques Klein is Jacques' oldest son's Godfather.

        He competed in the student Olympiads in both ski, and bobsled, and was later a selection on the French  Ski Team that competed in the Olympics in Garmisch.

In 1936, he and his teammate DeWulf headed to Chile to assist the Army in the formation of an elite Mountain Brigade to protect Chile's Andean borders.

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They were there for three years , and rose to the rank of Colonel. In 1987, in commemoration of their service to the country, Chile awarded them posthumous awards, and named glaciers after them near the border with Argentina. They left in 1939 to join the war effort against Nazi Germany.

While he never returned to competitive skiing, or mountaineering, he continued to devote most of his time to skiing, often spending the entire winter season in Klosters, Saint Moritz and other parts of Switzerland, where he eventually settled in a small village near Gstaad to paint.

 


 

 
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