Mont Blanc by the 3 Monts routeNight of 18th July 2012:
Cosmiques Hut - Mont du Tacul - Mont Maudit - Mur de la Cote - Mont blanc and back.
Left at 2.15am,summited at 10.15am.
Back at the Cosmiques Hut:5.15pm.Slow descent because of an knee injury picked up on the way up.
Party of 2 climbers :Pedro Salazar Rodriguez (Ecuador) and Ronan Eudes (France).
Weather:clear sky,no clouds at 2am,
Wind picked up at Col Maudit and clouds started to close in on Mont Blanc summit,to disperse in the afternoon.
Back too late for last cable car,stayed one extra night at Cosmiques Hut.
Next day,19th July,Went up to Aiguille du Midi cable car at 9 am,and were told at 1pm that no cable car would be making it up or down,because of high lateral winds,with gusts up to 110km/h.
Decided to head to the Torino refuge on the Italian side to head down to La Palud/Courmayeur where the cable car was operating as normal.
Eventually,arrived back in Chamonix at 8.15pm,by bus for a nice shower and beers!
Great route,so scenic and special.Only a dozen of alpinists doing the route,probably because of the bad press following the Mont Maudit avalanche a week earlier on.
God bless the mountain for letting us climb and come back down without a hitch.