Mont Blanc as seen from Planpraz (anonymous) - 1880
Portrait of Paccard by Marc Théodore Bourrit
Portrait of Michel Gabriel Paccard as a medalion by Bacler d'Albe, 1788
Jacques Balmat, medalion portrait, Bacler d'Albe, 1788.
Jacques Balmat Mont-Blanc by Bacler d'Albe, 1787
Horace Benedict de Saussure - Portrait by Jean-Pierre Saint Ours, 1796 .
Marc-Théodore Bourrit auto-portrait
Horace Bénédict de Saussure and Marc Théodore Bourrit
The shelter of the Grands Mulets - Bisson frères, 1861.
Auguste Rosalie Bisson, ascent of Mont Blanc, 1859.
Michel Gabriel Paccard, sketch of the summit of Mont Blanc in a letter sent to Johann Gottfried Ebel, 1823.
Mont Blanc 1rst ascent - the Paccard's rout
Georges Tairraz, climbing up to the Grands Mulets around 1880.
The shelter of the Grands Mulets - Bisson frÃ¨res, 1861.
Departure from the Grands mulets - Bisson frÃ¨res, 1854.
Charles Soulier, les Grands Mulets and the stone shelter before 1867.
The Grands Mulets - Edmund T Coleman
Bisson frères, ladders passage, 1859.
Auguste Rosalie Bisson, ascent of Mont Blanc, 1868.
Moonlight on the Grand Plateau by AndrÃ© charles Coppier, 1924.
Alexandre Dumas on the Mer de Glace, from Copin in Impressions de Voyage of Alexandre Dumas, 1855.
Drawing from Bourrit published in Voyages dans les Alpes of H-B de Saussure, 1796, showing the route taken by de Saussure party.
Summit of Mont Blanc by André Charles Coppier, 1924.
On the last part of the way down, Paccard was snow-blinded and had to be guided by Balmat, by Coppin in Impressions de voyage by Alexandre Dumas.
August 1787 de Saussure ascent of Mont Blanc. Clothes worn were mostly city like.
Marquardt Wacher, Voyage de M. de Saussure Ã la Cime du Mont-Blanc, 1790.
Lacroix, crampons of de Saussure in 'Voyages dans les Alpes' of de Saussure
The suppressed plate in de Saussure account of his ascent of Mont Blanc in August 1787 his position considered undignified.One must understand that then, climbing techniques did not exist. The 18 guides who accompanied de Saussure (and his personal servant) were only guiding visitors to the Mer de Glace and did no climbing (but when crystals hunting). On that expedition they had ropes but did not use them to tie the members of the party when on the glacier or snow slopes with many crevasses. They were used to get someone out of a hole or a crevasse! The guides had crampons but not de Saussure who was wearing his city breaches!
1787 descent of de Saussure
Michel Paccard statute Chamonix
Statute in Chamonix of de Saussure with Balmat showing him the Mont Blanc
Statute of de Saussure and Balmat buit in 1887 in Chamonix
From Paul Payot collection - Annecy Art & History Museum
TDH Browne at the Grand Plateau - ascent of Mont Blanc
TDH Browne - Crossing the crevasse - Mont Blanc ascent
Camp at the grans Mulets
E. Guérard - Arriving at Les grands Mulets
TDH Browne Top of La Côte
TDH Browne - 1rst use of the axe - ascent of Mont Blanc
TDH B rowne - 1rst view of Italian side - ascent of Mont Blanc
TDH Browne - Summit of Mont Blanc
TDH Browne Descent - Mont Blanc
Hamel accident 1820 - K Comtesse
Avalanche Argentière - E. Guérard
Views of Chamonix valley from Paul payot's collection
View of Chamonix valley
Chamonix valley from Argentière
E. Guérard La Poste from Sallanches
Le Prieuré - view on les Bois and the Mer de Glace
Montanvers from Huckert
Samuel Birman - The Mer de Glace
Nature Temple - Jean Dubois
View from Col de Balme - Max de Meudon
Grotte de l'Arveyron from inside
Glacier des Bois
Grotte de l'Arveyron from outside