Mont Blanc Climber's Log
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|pablo||Route Climbed: Gouter in Solo |
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2009
|After leaving my brother Gabriel in Geneve airport, in the way back to Chamonix, I decided to try Mont Blanc in "solo". I called the Gouter Hut to see if there was room and they confirmed there was. I arrived in the "nid d'aigle" at 2h30pm and reached Tete Rousse hut at 4pm and Gouter hut at 6pm on Aug. 20. Then departed for the adventure at 2h30am reaching summit at 6h30am with strong wind, cloudy and bloody cold. I was back in "nid d'aigle" train at 11h30am... A very thrilling experience, some tears in the summit and my 1rst Solo alpine climb. |
Take a look to this trip report and let me know your comments
|Posted Aug 25, 2009 3:04 am|
|boriskrielen||Route Climbed: Normal route form Cosmique solo |
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2009
|Third time to reach the summit of Mont Blanc! This time I climbed the traverse solo (Aiguille du Midi - Mont Blanc du Tacul - Mont Maudit - Mont Blanc). Climbed all the main summits and some of the minor summits on route. Freeclimbed the route to Col Maudit.|
|Posted Aug 24, 2009 2:00 pm|
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009
|Met Adam and Graham via a SummitPost forum and climbed this mountain just last week. We hiked from the Valley to Eagle's Nest, then to Toute Rousse, then a big push up to the summit and back down to the train. Also joining us was Lord James, of Her Majesty's Royal Army. Awesome trip folks =)|
|Posted Aug 17, 2009 3:28 pm|
|secander||Goûter Route |
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009
|Afternoon tram to Nid d'Aiguile. Climbed to Goûter Refuge, arriving at 20:30. Woke up at 2:00 and reached summit by 8:00. Back at to Goûter Refuge by 11:00. Left Goûter Refuge by 12:00 and back at Nid d'Aguile by 15:00. Our inability to sleep on the floor (I forgot my sleeping mat and the room was quite noisy) of the Goûter hut meant that we were really tired on the summit day and our rate of ascent was much slower than we could have otherwise maintained. Other than that, however, the whole trip was remarkably uneventful and the weather was perfect.|
|Posted Aug 15, 2009 5:47 pm|
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2002
|crawled to the top behind our running guide / instructor in >20 cm of fresh snow...|
|Posted Aug 13, 2009 3:20 am|
|mvs||Route climbed: Innominata Ridge |
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2009
|Dan P. and I enjoyed a great climb in perfect weather. Monday afternoon late, hike to Monzino Hut. Tuesday morning to Eccles Bivouac. Wednesday up the route to the summit, reached very late (sunset!). Hiked down to a cold bivy on the Brenva Col. Thursday, leisurely descent to Aiguille di Midi.|
|Posted Aug 11, 2009 3:23 pm|
|John Climber||Once in a life perfect conditions |
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009
|A party of three men (me Antonio and Juan Carlos)departed from Gouter Hut at 04:00 am and arrived to the top around 9:15 am.|
Climbed with full moon. Once the daylight came there was a perfect clear blue sky and no wind at all during the whole ascent (and descent). We met a lot of people at the top. Even a guy was bringing a electronic keyboard and he was giving a fine concert (singing and playing) from the very top of the Alps. Unrepeatable!!
|Posted Aug 8, 2009 10:59 am|
|Mile Bosnjakovski||Gouter route|
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008
|We climb until Vallot Hut where it was not posibale to due to the bad weather. But it was good climb at least.|
|Posted Aug 4, 2009 5:44 am|
|radson||Fairly long Day |
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009
|We left Tete-Rous and then descended to the train, so a fairly long 15 hour day. Weather was perfect.|
|Posted Aug 2, 2009 8:13 am|
|LT89||Trois Monts route, solo |
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2009
|I went up the Aiguille du Midi on wednesday the 20th and climbed Mont Blanc du Tacul for acclimatisation and then stayed at the Cosmique hut for the night. The next morning, on thursday the 21st I left for my summit attempt, I climbed the Mont Blanc du Tacul first, and after summitting I climbed Mont Maudit, and after summitting I climbed on to the col de la Brenva and Mur de la Cote and eventually summitted Mont Blanc. I took the same route back, and stayed a final night at the Cosmique hut and went back down to the valley the next morning, on friday the 22nd, via the Aiguille du Midi.|
|Posted Jun 27, 2009 7:18 pm|
|ArankaP||Fresh snow and lots of people |
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007
|After waiting several day on good weather reached summit at 9:30 a.m. via Refuge du Gouter.|
|Posted Mar 4, 2009 3:30 pm|
|damgaard||long day |
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006
|Started from Aiguille du Midi at 2100 hours. Climbed half way up Tacul, but then had to return since a climber got ill. Restarted at 2330. Reached the top around 7. Returned to Aiguille du Midi. Totally crowded on the way back and we had to wait more than an hour getting down Mt. Maudit. Back at Midi around 14. Dead tired but great trip!|
|Posted Feb 26, 2009 2:14 am|
|boriskrielen||Mont Blanc 2x |
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2000
|First time I climbed it solo in july 1997, all the way from the valley in 36 hours via the Dôme du Gôuter. |
Second time I traversed it with Peter-Arjen Boers from de refuge du Cosmique Via Maudit and Tacul to the refuge du Gôuter in september 2000.
|Posted Feb 13, 2009 8:18 am|
|gusia||Gouter Route |
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2007
|Strong wind, mist and cold, but it was worth, anyway. I would do that again.;-)|
|Posted Jan 27, 2009 9:47 am|
|boriskrielen||Twice, different routes |
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2000
|Climbed MB twice. First time solo in july 1997 via Gouter. Second time with a friend in september 2000 via Cosmique-Gouter traverse. Both times there were almost no other climbers and we had the summit completely to ourselves! :D|
|Posted Jan 17, 2009 9:13 am|
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008
|Climbed up to gouter hut on 14/9 but on 15/9 the weather was to bad for a summit attempt and due to lack of time I had to turn back.|
|Posted Sep 18, 2008 12:16 pm|
|Tuomo||3 Monts route |
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2008
|Via Three Monts route. Really nice views and a long and tough day to the summit after 3 nights sleep at the glacier.|
|Posted Sep 11, 2008 1:00 pm|
|klwagar||beautiful day |
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008
|via the 3 monts route. took the first cable car in the am and the last down (weather coming in)the same day. A huge effort but a beautiful peak.|
|Posted Aug 29, 2008 10:21 am|
|ivarth||Mont Blanc traverse |
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2008
|Went with a group of 14 Icelanders. After acclimatisation trips on La Tresenta and Grand Paradiso in Italy we went back to France and arrived at the Cosmiques hut around 5pm on July 16th.|
After trying to sleep from 9pm-01am we got up, ate "breakfast" in a hurry (dry bread with jam + tea) we were ready go to at 1:30am.
The trip started in good weather, light wind and we could see the stars. Going up du Tacul was wonderful, you could see the stream of headlights coming from the hut and snaking slowly up the mountain. After walking beneath big seracs we finally cleared Mont Blanc du Tacul on were on our way to Mont Maudit.
We went up Mont Maudit, our guide sped up and fixed a rope for us to ascend with. I was completely breathless when I sat on the crest of Mont Maudit after negotiating the steep slope. Our guide was for some reason in such a hurry that we were pretty tired at that point. On the crest we found a large piece of human excrement, don't know why people don't bother to at least bury the damn thing.
Then it was onto the final slope. It was deceptively long and the wind was pretty strong at this point and snow blowing all over the place. The guides were actually thinking about turning back at this point, but our group leader chose rightly to go on.
We summited Mont Blanc before 9am. Just had time to enjoy the view for a short while because our guide was anxious to get down quickly because the weather was turning. We got less then 10 minutes on top and there were only 6 people on the summit when we got there. The view was beautiful but I did not feel any joy at that moment because of how tired I was. Fortunately I did not experience any sort of high altitude sickness.
We went down the beginning of the Gouter route and stopped for half an hour or so in the Ref. Vallot bivyhut. By the time we started descending the Grands Mulets route we were completely engulfed in clouds and it was impossible to see where the snow ended and the clouds started. It took a long time to descend the Grands Mulets route because of crevasses. It was also a difficult descent because the snow was very soft and we sank up to our knees and thighs in every step.
We stopped for a short while in the Grands Mulets hut. I climbed up the rock to the hut to buy something to drink.
Short while later we continued the descent and finally arrived to the Plan de l'Aguille cable car station in thick fog and rain just before 5pm.
The group was extremely happy, 12 of us made the summit. Two of the group turned around on Mont Maudit and went back to the Cosmiques hut.
Great experience, I would like to go there again someday so I can spend more time on the summit. :)
You can see pictures from the whole trip here:
It includes La Tresenta and Grand Paradiso in Italy.
|Posted Aug 28, 2008 5:04 pm|
|JackCarr||Gouter Route |
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2008
|From Tete Rouse, to the summit, back down to Chamonix in one long, exhausting, 14 hour day. Worth it though.|
|Posted Aug 28, 2008 3:48 am|