by qwimjim » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:19 pm
by rgg » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:43 pm
by qwimjim » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:56 pm
rgg wrote:I don't know Aiguille de la Nonne, but Aiguille du Tour and Mont Blanc du Tacul would be fine.
For Aiguille du Tour, you don't need a guide for two whole days: You can make arrangements to meet your guide in Refuge Albert Premier the evening before the climb, and then hike up there by yourself. It's cheaper that way. To the refuge it's a hike - no hands required. Shortly above the refuge the route goes onto the glacier. In fact there are several different glacier routes to choose from. There are actually a N and a S summit, with a big drop between the two. Most people climb the S summit. Some sources claim they are equally high, others say that the N summit is higher and I think so too. Yet the rocky scramble to the south summit is a bit easier, and therefore it is climbed much more often than the N summit.
Given that you've got no mountaineering experience, for Mont Blanc du Tacul you'll need the guide for two days. The first one is a short one, just cross the glacier from the Aiguille du Midi cable car to Refuge des Cosmiques. The normal route to Mont Blanc du Tacul requires no real rock climbing, just a very short scramble at the top.
Another suitable mountain would be Petite Aiguille Verte. Thanks to the cable car, it can easily be climbed in a day. It's a nice mix of glacier and rock. I wouldn't recommend it if you didn't have a bit of rock climbing experience, but since you have more than just a bit of that, I think you'll like it. And the views are outstanding. Best to start early, i.e. as soon as the cable car starts operating, for it's a popular little peak and that way you're ahead of the rest.
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