macintosh wrote:Not very far from Chamonix, I suggest you Dômes de Miage and aiguille de la Berangère a classic traverse, or the same but starting from chalets de Miage to refuge Durier via refuge du Plan Glacier much longer but so nice, or mont Tondu.
I am also looking at routes I can solo towards the end of the summer and the Domes de Miage is high on my list. In my dreams I'd love to do the full 'Royal Traverse' carrying on beyond Durier Hut to Aig.Bionassay and then Dome du Gouter & Mont Blanc. You could pretty well avoid all crevasse danger all the way (have solo'd the full Gouter route and it is fine). But very committing with tricky descent from the Durier if conditions turned bad - and Bionassay looks scary with an awkward rock step going up and then an AD arete down the other side, to get to the easier terraine of the Dome du Gouter. But if there was a stable anticyclone settled on the Alps and good reports on the state of Bionassay I'd be tempted, perhaps carrying 20m of rope to self belay the rock step...
More realistically I think I'd like to have a go at Domes de Miage - as per one of Macintosh's suggestions - Plan Glacier/Durier first - and then down from Aig. de la Berangere. And then go round to the Italien side to go for the Val Veni and then the Aiguille de Grises route (Mont Blanc via the 'Pope Route'). This route is now 'open' again, with the re-opening of the Gonella Hut. The normal way is to climb the potentially crevassed Glacier du Dome from the Gonella, but seemingly you can avoid all glacier by the slightly longer routing of sticking to the (Aiguille Grises) ridge to get to the Piton des Italiens and thence to the Dome du Gouter. This ridge looks to bristle with gendarmes but I think you can go round any hard bits and the overall grade is straight forward at PD. If anyone has any experience of this route I'd love to hear about it - it looks a beauty.
By the way - another solo-able route in the area is Gran Paradiso, just off the Aosta Valley on the Italien side. The normal route can almost completely avoid glacier and overall grade is PD. Haven't done this yet but also a possibility for end of the summer - I am thinking Domes de Miage plus Gran Paradiso would be good acclimatisation before tackling Mont Blanc Aigille Grises route.