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Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:40 am

Luciano, it's a custom to be roped on Mont Blanc when following Goûter route but I think it's not completely necessary in August under good weather conditions. You neither need to be insured for attempting the mountain though it's recommendable. Contact your mountaineering federation if you are going there.

BTW sjarelkwint, try to avoid to attempt Mont Blanc after August 15th, you'll have worse weather than from July 15th to August 15th. September is not a good month in Mont Blanc IMO
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Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:51 am

Then choose August, not September. And read the weather forecast before leaving Belgium:

http://chamonix-meteo.com/cham/en/
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Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:09 am

No, I don't think so. Do "click" on Weather Forecast Report of the Tourist Office Chamonix below in that page (in French too):

http://www.ohm-chamonix.com/fiche.php?id=03&ling=En
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Postby Mihai Tanase » Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:10 pm

JScoles wrote: If you screw up or have an accident on Mt Blanc you better have lots of cash or very good insurance.

On the french side of Mont Blanc, all rescue actions are free. With or without insurance. This is a real problem...
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Postby Mihai Tanase » Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:16 pm

Diego Sahagún wrote: September is not a good month in Mont Blanc IMO

Wheather is much more stable from September. After mid-September huts are closed - except winter shelter with blankets only - and cable cars (also Tramway du Mont Blanc) have very short schedule or are closed, wich means extra walk...
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Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:52 pm

Mihai Tanase wrote:
Diego Sahagún wrote: September is not a good month in Mont Blanc IMO

Wheather is much more stable from September.


In 2006 precipitations were less in September than in August but temperatures are higher in August. Huts and lifts (TMB included) also close in late September so if you have a problem nobody will help you there.

Source: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
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Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:53 pm

Mihai Tanase wrote:
JScoles wrote: If you screw up or have an accident on Mt Blanc you better have lots of cash or very good insurance.

On the french side of Mont Blanc, all rescue actions are free. With or without insurance. This is a real problem...


Is that true if you aren't French :?:
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Postby icypeak » Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:58 pm

Luciano136 wrote:
icypeak wrote:
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icypeak wrote:Well, I guess anything is possible, but I sure remember plenty of green faced guys with their heads between their knees at the Gouter Hut from not acclimatizing properly. :mrgreen:


Hey, I see you've done Rainier. How does it compare to Mt. Blanc difficulty wise?


Rainier was for sure easier for me as it was really just a "walk" up (mind you a long one that cost me a toenail!) whereas Mt Blanc has a few quite exposed rock and snow ridges. But, both fantastic climbs!


Do you need to be roped up on the standard route on Mt. Blanc? It seems that it's mostly a 35 degree snow climb with some rock? Doesn't sound too bad.


No, it's not too bad but I would not do it not roped up. As we approached the top the wind picked up out of nowhere and I almost lost my balance on the ridge..better safe than sorry I think! Almost all the other climbers I saw were roped, but of course many do it solo with no issues. Me, I'm just a bit of a chicken.
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Postby Mihai Tanase » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:21 pm

Diego Sahagún wrote:
Mihai Tanase wrote:
JScoles wrote: If you screw up or have an accident on Mt Blanc you better have lots of cash or very good insurance.

On the french side of Mont Blanc, all rescue actions are free. With or without insurance. This is a real problem...


Is that true if you aren't French :?:

Gendarmerie, Protection Civile and CRS are public services, therefore free on the french territories. Rescue on french Mont Blanc side could be operated by the italian helicopter, in that case you do not have to pay only if you are victim of an accident. On the swiss side you pay for any reason. Normally any kind of insurnace included in the alpineclub membership cover that kind of expenses.
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