ArrivalMy brother Gabriel and me arrived in Chamonix late Friday, June 30. Saturday, July 1rst, we dedicated the day to visit the city and do last shopping and preparations. Mont Blanc was our target but we needed to become acclimatized to the altitude. Our plan incorporated some days around the Aiguille du Tour area, to get prepared to ascend Mont Blanc on the following weekend (story continues in Trip Report: Mont Blanc “Our dream becomes true” )
Day 1 – Getting Started - July 2, 2006From “Le Tour” highest village of the valley we took the cable car to “Col de Balme” / “Pass of Balme” (2180m) . The day was exceptional so we could admire the wide views of the Aiguille Vert, the Drus and Mont Blanc.
We headed to the Albert I hut (2702m) were we would spent the short night. Before that we could contemplate and admire the Glacier du Tour and the Aiguille du Chardonnet (3824m)
Day 2 – First challenge : Aiguille du Tour - July 3, 2006At dawn we head to the Col de Tour (3282m) which passes the Swiss border and opens to a fantastic landscape comprising the Plateau du Trient, on the left the Aiguille de Tour and on the right the Aiguilles Dorees.
After short break in Col de Tour we head to climb the Aiguille du Tour. When reaching the summit, fog covers everything.
Day 3 – High Performance: Aiguilles Dorées – July 4, 2006Its early morning. Weather looks fine. Aiguille du Tour has changed of “dress”, we are preparing to see the sun appear in the East, is time for excellent pictures, we are just crossing the Pass of Plines/Col Droit when sun appears.
Aiguille the Tour - Dawn
Col Droit - Sunrise !!!
We then descend to the Glacier de Saleina and make a rest in the small hut-bivouac des Dorées (3010m). After recovering some energy and admiring the beautiful landscape we proceed to the south corridor that ends in the Pass of Saleina where we can admire the landscape with Aiguille de Argentiere presiding.
Glacier de Saleina and Aiguille de Argentiere.