I liked very much climbing this mountain and the view from the summit really impressed me. There was fresh snow from the night before so the atmosphere was magic with wonderful autumn colours.
I also met a family of chamoix just before the summit.
2 hours and 30 minutes, but I stopped many times to take pics and I had to be careful for the snow and the ice in the last part.
We were quick enough, from the road some 2 h 15 min. On a descent I accidently loosened a rock, which fell some 5 meters lower on my friend's head. Luckilly he was not seriously hurt, only some blood...
It happened for the firs time that I threw a stone on somebody. I'm still 'the old school' - having an attitude that losening a stone in mountains is something which you must avoid by all means. Today, I have a feeling that this has changed, that people think 'everyone should wear a helmet, so we are free to throw down stones'. If an accident happens the one who got hurt is guilty, not the one who threw rocks. That's why I was so upset when this happened to me :(
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe