papyours wrote:when in Chamonix I advise you go through La maison de la Montagne ( or similar name ) which is in the same building than the Guides Office
they have an office open to public where they advise about the current conditions in Mont Blanc Massif from the feed-back of other people, of guides, of PGHM / CRS ( the rescue teams ), etc ...
it is free of charge and you can also have access to many topo's and see some nice 3D scaled models of Mont Blanc area
also, the latest weather forecasts are punched on the wall by the door
it is in the center of Chamonix, not far from tourism office and from the church
Mihai Tanase wrote:A (much) longer way is to cross mont Maudit and mont Blanc du Tacul to reach aiguille du Midi cable car down to Chamonix.
CezaryK wrote:I'm back. Puff! Next time I'll put on my running shoes and run up there. The ascent from Les Houches accomplished in 18 hours with full equipment, tents and so on. We started in a heavy rain, but the same day before the sunset sky was getting clearer as we stepped above the lower clouds. For the next two days the weather was brilliant.
To sum up: I was looking for a bit of extreme, but it turned out to be just another boring walk up. Well..., the all around views were spectacular, but sadly, I quickly ran into troubles with my eyes, despite quite good sunglasses I was wearing. Think I need them in two. What was quite enjoyable, was the descent from the Gouter hut by night, after the rock falls and a heavy avalanche that occured in the Grand Coulouir, leaving a plain rock and a stream of water in the middle of it. I'll also never forget the view of little lights moving along the ridge, which are best to observe from Tete Rouse.
For those who still are opting for guides: in any case of being asked for opinions on Mt Blanc normal route, I will advise to do it on ones own...
Now,... looking forward for Matterhorn in September and the Pamir peaks next year.
Joe White wrote:u alpinists are soooo cool (no sarcasm intended here)
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