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Mont Blanc de Courmayeur

 
Mont Blanc de Courmayeur

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.50000°N / 113.91°W

Object Title: Mont Blanc de Courmayeur

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 15577 ft / 4748 m

 

Page By: schmid_th

Created/Edited: Sep 8, 2006 / Nov 18, 2008

Object ID: 223963

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Page Score: 94.24%  - 47 Votes 

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Overview

Mont Blanc de Courmayeur is the south-east shoulder of the Mont Blanc with 4.748 m.
He is offshore to the Mont Blanc about 800 m to the direction of Courmayeur. If you look to the Mont Blanc massif from Courmayeur it seems that the Mont Blanc de Courmayeur is the top of Mont Blanc.
He is separated from Mont Blanc by the Col Major (4.720 m).
The frontier between France and Italy runs across Mont Blanc de Courmayeur.

Mont Blanc de Courmayeur
Mont Blanc de Courmayeur from Mont Blanc summit
Mont Blanc de Courmayeur
Summit of Mont Blanc de Courmayeur
Ridge to Mont Blanc
ridge to Mont Blanc from summit MB de Courmayeur


Getting There

There is an easy access from the top of Mont Blanc.
The way to Mont Blanc you find when you look at the Mont Blanc page.
So I give an overview only in short form.
4 commonly used ways to Mont Blanc:
1. From Chamonix - Les Houches - Bellevue - Nid d´Aigle - Refuge Tête Rousse - Cabane de Goûter - Bosses ridge
2. Plan de l´Aiguille - Refuge Grands Mulets - Glacier des Bossons
3. Aiguille du Midi - Refuge Cosmiques - Mont Blanc traverse
4. Val Veni (Italy) - Bivacco Sella - Glacier du Mont Blanc

You reach Chamonix (1.030 m) by car or by train from Martigny (40 km).
Distances to Chamonix:
Gèneve: 86 km
Aosta: 59 km
From Chamonix 8 km to Les Houches. There is a bus connection between Chamonix and Les Houches.

Courmayeur:
From Turin through the Aosta valley 150 km
From Chamonix: 25 km through the Mont Blanc Tunnel in 30 minutes

Cantine de la Visaille (1.653 m) through the Val Veni

Route overview

From top of Mont Blanc:
You can reach Mont Blanc de Courmayeur from the top of Mont Blanc within 25 minutes when the conditions are good. In the flank there often is blank ice, so you should take care not to glide! On the ridge there are huge cornices. Keep distance!
When we made the peak in July 2005 there was blank ice and no track.

Brouillard ridge:
AD+, rock difficulties up to III+, the rock is in some parts crumbly.
Time: 10-18 hours from Rifugio Monzino, 2.200 height meters difference
When you climb the ridge you make the peak of Pic Luigi Amedeo (4.469 m)

Innominata ridge:
D+, one of the most famous ridges in the Mont Blanc area, combined climbing.
Time: 12-17 hours from Rifugio Monzino, 7-10 hours from Bivacco Eccles, 1.450 height meters from Rifugio Monzino

Peuterey ridge (with crossing Aiguille Blanche):
D+, rock difficulties up to IV-, mostly III and II, combined climbing, ice up to 55°.
Time: 10-20 hours from Rifugio Monzino, 2.500 height meters



huts

Rifugio Monzino (2.590 m, 60 places)
open from middle of June to End of September
Phone: 0165/809553
Time 2 1/2 hours from Cantine de la Visaille (1.653 m)

Cabane de l´Aiguille du Goûter (3.817 m, 100 places)
open from end of June to end of september, Winter room with 16 places
Phone: 450544093
Time: from the tram 2-3 hours to Refuge Tête Rousse, from there to Cabane de l´Aiguille du Goûter 2-3 hours

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Ski MountaineerReally the highest in Italy?

Ski Mountaineer

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http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150245/mont-blanc.html#chapter_15
Posted Sep 8, 2006 8:40 am
schmid_thThe highest!

schmid_th

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In different alpine books Mont Blanc de Courmayeur is noted as the highest mountain of Italy.
Posted Sep 8, 2006 9:21 am
Ski MountaineerRe: The highest!

Ski Mountaineer

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So?

And where does the border go officially?

Posted Sep 8, 2006 10:20 am
Sebastian HammRe: The highest!

Sebastian Hamm

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Some People say, that the border goes over the main summit, so the main summit is the highest point of Italy and France. So otherwise MBdC must be the highest summit of Italy which mustn´t be shared with an other country. In my map, the border goes around main summit and courmayeur, so that both peaks are on the french site of the border. Mont Maudit is in my map really shared. I think it is very difficult to say, because everybodys opinion is based on other secondary literature. Perhaps it is like Matterhorn, the border runs over the top, but the highest point is in Switzerland.



Maybe this question comes up to an international conflict. ;-)



Salü

Sebastian
Posted Sep 8, 2006 10:28 am
Ski MountaineerRe: The highest!

Ski Mountaineer

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No need for an international conflict (: . The border has been defined. No?

Does anybody has the IGM map? I am curious what it states. Or is the cooperation map IGN-IGM map out yet?



Cheers,

Peter







Posted Sep 8, 2006 10:56 am
schmid_thRe: The highest!

schmid_th

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In the french maps the frontier runs from the Bosses ridge (p.4740 m) across the rocks to the Brouillard ridge and then to the top of Mont Blanc de Courmayeur. Then it leads to the direction of Mont Maudit.

So Mont Blanc is the highest french peak and MB de Courmayeur the highest italian peak.

I hope that there will not develop a conflict between these contries... ;-)
Posted Sep 8, 2006 11:01 am
Ski MountaineerRe: The highest!

Ski Mountaineer

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Well we all know the French version. This does not help.

Again, where is the border officially? Where does the watershed run? I am curious...for me it is not a given thing that the border runs through MtdC.

I have seen plenty of errorous maps, border shifting, wishfull thinking and stuff like that.



I think the official definition is the reference unless someone proves w/o doubt the opposite.



At least mentioning the dispute would not hurt. The statement "highest in Italy" is a strong one, and I would make sure that I can back it up. At least Summitpost should try to remain geographically correct.



Cheers,

Peter
Posted Sep 8, 2006 11:08 am
Sebastian HammRe: The highest!

Sebastian Hamm

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See this map
Posted Sep 8, 2006 11:26 am
schmid_thRe: The highest!

schmid_th

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This Kompass map (Austrian map) says the same. The frontier goes across MB de Courmayeur.

If somebody can show that these maps are wrong I will change it accordingly.
Posted Sep 8, 2006 11:55 am
Ski MountaineerRe: The highest!

Ski Mountaineer

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See first link. You decide.

Posted Sep 8, 2006 12:02 pm
liviozAt present..

livioz

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..and probably next year, on the italian side both rifugio Monzino and rifugio Gonella are closed.
Posted Sep 8, 2006 10:38 am
gabrielefrontier ...

gabriele

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"The frontier between France and Italy runs across Mont Blanc de Courmayeur" ... if so the Brenva side (and the west face) should be France !?

you'd better cut off this info :)
Posted Sep 8, 2006 10:48 am
Sebastian HammRe: frontier ...

Sebastian Hamm

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See this map
Posted Sep 8, 2006 11:09 am
gabrieleRe: frontier ...

gabriele

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see this other one :)
Posted Sep 8, 2006 4:05 pm
Sebastian HammRe: frontier ...

Sebastian Hamm

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;-) okay, very difficult question. Should we say that the border of F and I runs over the Mont Blanc massif? ;-)



Greets

Sebastian
Posted Sep 8, 2006 5:33 pm
gabrieleRe: frontier ...

gabriele

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I've never seen a flag or a border guard on its summit :)
Posted Sep 8, 2006 5:41 pm
hgrapidLongitude in wrong hemisphere

hgrapid

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I am surprised nobody caught this. This peak is not over 7,000 miles away from Mont Blanc, is it?



113.91°W is wrong. Also, the latitude is probably WAY too far south. Notice the Lat/Long for Mont Blanc is 45.83270°N / 6.86430°E



You should really fix that.
Posted Aug 20, 2009 6:27 pm
schmid_thRe: Longitude in wrong hemisphere

schmid_th

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Thanks for your information. I will check it and look for correct information! Cheers Thomas
Posted Aug 21, 2009 3:51 pm

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