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The Mont Blanc Range

 
The Mont Blanc Range

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Object Title: The Mont Blanc Range

Manufacturer: Baton Wicks, Menasha Ridge Press

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Page By: Pete Castricone

Created/Edited: Oct 8, 2010 / Oct 8, 2010

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Product Description

Title: The Mont Blanc Range, Classic Snow, Ice and Mixed Climbs
Authors: Jean-Louis Laroche and Florence LeLong
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press (August 28, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0897326512
ISBN-13: 978-0897326513
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches

Book Details

First published in French in 2006, the 2007 version is in English and translated very well. This is a guidebook specifically written to reflect recent topographic changes in the Mont Blanc Range. Not having visited the range in multiple decades, I can't testify to the accuracy of the claim; however, it seems fitting that modern guidebooks should be more suitable to contemporary mountaineers.

The book is of excellent quality with high resolution, color photos and 3-dimensional topos. The book describes in depth the classic routes of the Mont Blanc Range, not just climbs of Mont Blanc itself. This is a great reference for anyone aspiring to reach the heights of any of the high summits of the Mont Blanc Range.


  1. Aiguille du Tour
  2. Tete Blanche and Petite Fourche
  3. Aiguille du Chardonnet
  4. Aiguille d'Argentiere
  5. Petite Verte
  6. Les Droites
  7. Les Courtes
  8. Pointe Isabella
  9. Aiguille de l'Eboulement
  10. La Tour Ronde
  11. Aiguille de Rochefort
  12. Aiguille du Plan
  13. Aiguille du Midi
  14. Mont Blanc du Tacul
  15. Mont Blanc
  16. Aig. de Boinnassay
  17. Domes de Miage
  18. Aiguille Nord de Tre-la-Tete, Lex Blanche, Dome de Niege
  19. Aiguille de la Lex Blanche
  20. Mont Tondu


For each peak, route descriptions include the approach, ascent, and alternative routes, as well as the following:

  • Starting Point
  • Difficulty
  • Height Gain
  • Time
  • Conditions
  • Equipment
  • First Ascent

About the Authors

Jean-Louis Laroche is a mountain guide, photographer, and freelance journalist with 30+ years of Mont Blanc experience. He has climbed most of the classic rock, ice, and mixed routes on Mont Blanc and has, of course, traveled to other remote areas.

Florence LeLong is a photographer, illustrator, and mountaineer who has co-authored several photographic books. Together, LeLong and Laroche run a business called Alpinisme-Escalades.

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