Gave it a go with Kevin. Lifts were closed for the season, so we started hiking in Les Houches. Camped on Tete Rousse glacier one night. Made our summit push the next day. Lost the trail and a few hours on the Aguille du Gouter. Rested a bit at the Refuge du Gouter and then set off for the summit. Made it to our high point (400 m below summit) at 3 pm before being completed socked in by clouds. Retreated (very slowly) in the white out to the Gouter Hut and spent the night. Continued the retreat the next morning in a full-value blizzard. White-out conditions continued for our retreat down to below the Eagle's Nest. Finally made it back to the car about 9 pm (of day 3).
Climbed the normal route from Les Houches solo, on my way to Mont Blanc, my first 4000m peak in the Alps.
Crossing of colouir always scary. Found it more of an enjoyable climb leaving Tete Rousse at 12am when the rocks are sleeping and there are no queues up the rock face.
From camp @Tete Rousse.
At around 2am on our way to the top of Mount Blanc.
Beautiful views at the way back by sunrise!
Day 1: Hiked up to Tete Rousse from Les Houches through the lovely forest and the soon to become standard trail they are currently securing. Still had enough time to go up to Gouter hut but opinion was divided about the Grand Couloir.
Day 2: Set out at 2 after a restless night and minor acclimatisation issues. The couloir had been unstable throughout the night and was also tricky when we tried to cross. Reached the new Gouter hut at dawn. Lost some gloves while fixing a loose crampon on Dome du Gouter (had spares luckily). Turned back at Vallot around 8 o'clock due to the ~50 km winds and fatigue. (Many people summited Mont Blanc but quite a few people turned back.) 2 Spaniards had a near-fatal fall on the loose rocks below Gouter on the Bionassay side. The couloir was again in full motion, but at least we could see what we were up against. Hiked down to Les Houches the same day and did some very enjoyable ferratas in the following days.
easy summit after the grand colouir. Great spot for pictures of Bionassai needle!
to Mont Blanc
Did it in 2008 and 2009
Climbed on the way to the Mont blanc summit! Mt blanc summit not reached due to very strong winds and a white out!
During the climb on Mont Blanc, we slept above the Gouter hut in tent too.Wonderful evening in sunset.
On the way to Mont Blanc summit.
During the summit day on MOnt Blanc.After reaching the top of MB we spent a great night in tent just above the refugee on comfortable platform.
I reached its summit when attempting Mont Blanc (wich we couldn't ascent entirely).
I reached its summit when attempting Mont Blanc
Interesting climb before our dreams with the great Mont Blanc.
Made it to the summit on my way to Mont Blanc via Dôme de Gouter and Bosses Ridge. A beautiful starry night with full moon... enjoyable.
ON the way to Mont Blanc.We spent a night in refugee due to snow-storm.But next day....great weather and great moments on Mont Blanc.
Slept on the summit in a nice tent platform - great sunsets. Enjoyed it so much we stayed an extra night after touching the top of MB. Forget the hut!