On 5 previous Mont Blanc ascents I have looked across at the Italian summit, floating serene above the clouds and thought I really should go there...
And this time, despite a rough night bivvying in a thunderstorm, on top of Mont Blanc, I was so glad we made the effort to go across. As rgg says, the only tracks on the route were ours - which made things mildly challenging. But also as Rob says, best not to try to go over all the little pinnacles, but to drop down a little to traverse the steep upper slopes of the west face. The only disappointment was that the final summit bump wasn't safe to stand on due to cornicing - we had to make do with crawling up and touching it with our ice-axes - so not the anticipated birds-eye view of Courmeyeur (though some quite impressive glimpses up to half way along, before we dropped below the crest.
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."