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JakeStrong winds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Jake

My climbing partner Marcin and I reached the summit of the Mont Blanc at 8:42am on the 26th of August. We found the small Swedish flag on the summit. The wind was very strong (60km/h) and we didn't see anyone else from the Vallot refuge on this day except two Czech climbers who turned back before the final ridge. Our calculation of the chill factor was -35 Celsius degrees.

We came via Italian Normal Route and this was the best climb in my life even despite the really strong wind and clouds. We were the last people descending towards Gouter Refuge on that day leaving the dark clouds behind us. The descent via Grand Colouir was scary and stressful among the flying stones reaching the size of the large backpack. We have used the tram from the Nid d'Aigle to get to the Les Houches on the same day.

I would recommend The Italian Normal Route to everyone - it's a beautiful, classic Alpine route with the elements of rock and ice climbing, glacier crossing (event that negotiating the Glacier du Dome in the darkness was quite tricky) and good exposure factor. The Gonella Hut is the most pleasant place to stay in this part of the Alps and the owner (David) was really friendly and professional. The greatest days out on the hills so far!
Posted Aug 30, 2011 6:33 am

skottyAn epic traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2011

skotty

An epic traverse
Posted Aug 18, 2011 11:26 am

NKING100Traverse   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1993

NKING100

From Vallot hut to Dome du Gouter via and Bosse ridge. then Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc du Tacul and down
Posted Aug 18, 2011 9:27 am

starybarangouter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2011
Les Houches-summit-les houches cca 30 hours. Beautiful walk and "climb", only the number of the people makes impression less interesting.
Posted Aug 14, 2011 12:53 pm

ferbatMont Blanc  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2011
Impressive sun rise. I got it second attempt
Posted Aug 12, 2011 5:05 am

johan3rd time high!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2011

johan

With a luck in the weather (snowed and was cloudy hours before the summit attempt from Gouter) we managed to summit under perfect weather conditions. Quite a lot of snow for being in the end of July (recent snow) which made the Grand Couloir just perfect to climb (crampons a must).



Posted Jul 31, 2011 4:27 pm

atavistSalvation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2011

atavist

One week in the alps with nary a day under the sun. Managed to get on top of the big white mountain. Spent a day at tete rousse waiting out a fresh dump. Only passed about 5 people in all on summit day. Definitely encountered more mountain goats than people!
Posted Jul 25, 2011 3:39 am

domipostGouter route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2010

domipost

Nice climb after an unsuccesful first attempt the day before. Third group on the summit, so not yet too crowded :)
Posted Jun 25, 2011 1:49 pm

IvanBraunDKTraverse from Gouter and down Tree monts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2010

IvanBraunDK

Hard day at the office

At sunraise was visiblity down to less than 1m - then the storm came and everything was clear, crystal freezing clear.

We meet a lot of teams heading down while still heading up - they all said "impossible" - but we felt strong and continued.

Perfect windy summit - perfect view - only one other team on the summit with us.

Down to cosmique hutte for steaming meal :)

Perfect long day with James & Edward
Posted May 12, 2011 2:26 pm

AriehDavidHighest High  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2007

AriehDavid

This was a wild adventure that late in the season on the Aretes Boissons/Dome Du Gouter route. A long story, but basically, bad partner, found a new partner on the mountain who is now a great friend, and we summited on a day when everyone else turned around due to high winds. It was awesome!
Posted Apr 7, 2011 3:30 pm

Erik Van GenechtenRoute climbed: dôme du Gouter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2000

Erik Van Genechten

Succesful climb thanks to my buddy Koen, who summited for the third time.
Posted Mar 15, 2011 4:36 pm

borisaqua3 monts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

borisaqua

Skipped Mont Maudit summit.
Posted Feb 14, 2011 4:46 pm

Kyle22My personal highest peak... for now.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2010

Kyle22

I planned to climb this mountain for 2 years after a year of training and focus I did it! It was a good climb but if I did it again I'd do it from the Aiguille du Midi. Too many people on the Gouter Route and quite a few inexperienced unprepared climbers as well.
Posted Feb 13, 2011 1:32 am

[X] BirdRoute: 3 Mounts Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

[X] Bird

Very nice and easy route with some nice "climbing" on ice to get to the Col Maudit. Bugger we summited in clouds with a 10m view. I'll be back...
Posted Jan 13, 2011 12:31 pm

markhallamMy favourite mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2009

markhallam

I failed on the mountain 4 times before 1st of 5 subsequent successful ascents between 1984 and 2009. I have climbed Brenva face, traversed the mountain from Gouter to Midi - and finally solo'd the Gouter route in 2009. I would like to climb it a 6th time - this time via the Val Veni and Aiguille Grises route on the Italian side.
Posted Dec 29, 2010 12:43 pm

PetroTraverse 3 Monts to Gouter Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2007

Petro

Not sure about the exact date - I remember that I ran the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc then waited a few days because of foul weather and headed up to Aguille du Midi as soon as the skies were about to clear. Started with another guy whom I met on Col du Midi at 4 am but soon he withdrew because of high avalanche danger and problems with crevasse crossings. Hard slogging in fresh snow (nobody else on this route that day). Scared the shit out of myself when I broke a big cornice while climbing the Maudit. Got to the summit late in the afternoon and down to Refuge du Gouter at dusk. Hiked down all night and got to Les Houches about 6 am.
All in all 26 hours of a real solo adventure on a mountain that is told to be overcrowded.
Posted Dec 18, 2010 3:10 pm

webenjiBy the Gouter route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2010
First alpine experience, which was great! 2-day ascent with a stop-over at Gouter hut. Pretty good pace of 3.5 hours to summit from Gouter hut and back for the noon train.
Posted Dec 2, 2010 2:58 am

TomekKfrom les houches  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2004

TomekK

gouter route from Chamonix on foot. budget trip. hitchhiking from Poland. my first altitude experience, huge headache in gouter but summitday without problems.
Posted Nov 4, 2010 6:46 pm

rggFreezing cold  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2009

rgg

Climbed via Tacul and Maudit.
It was very cold, early in the morning high on the mountain, but later it turned out to be a beautiful day.
Posted Oct 19, 2010 1:01 pm

Martina Marmoškavia 3 monts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010

Martina Marmoška

Finally..after not successful try over Gouter and Gonella....now from Midi, over Tacul and Maudit.
Posted Oct 9, 2010 5:55 pm

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