Is my first attempt to summit Mont Blanc and I success. It is a ver crowded route. Crossing Grand Couloir before sunrise is recommended.
Solo. All ok. Best weather - not wind but cold in the summit. I think -20-25 C.
Seems never ending to the summit but well worth it.
Used for the descent only. Grand Couloir wasn't my favourite place.
a miserable aproach to a great climb
Had beautiful but a little bit windy weather on top :)
Started at 3am from Gouter Hut and got to the summit after six hours , go back to Nid d'Aigle in same day !
I have summited via this route 4 times: 1988, 1989, 2002 & 2009. In 1989 went on to traverse the mountain via Maudit, Tacul & finish on Aig Du Midi. In 2009 I solo'd the route - see TR Alps 2009, sunny Saas summits & single return to Mont Blanc.
Route. Enjoyed till the last moment.
After the summit, on the way down.More Pictures of the Gouter route to MONT BLANC
Second try , very good weather and conditions. Started at 2:30 , summited at 7:00 .
Went up to the gouter hut at 14/9 , at 15/9 the weather was very bad for a summit attempt and I was running out of time so I had to turn back and descent or loose my flight back to Greece.
There was a lot of wind - and few people on the summit. Thank you Uli, this was a nice trip!
12th September - Shamonix.
One night in Tete Rousse, start from Tete Rousse 13th September at 7:00. Gouter Hut at 10:00. Vallot Hut at 15:00.
One night in Vallot hut, start from Vallot 14th September at 8:00 and reach the summit at 11:00. Bad weather above 4300, strong wind and snow dust ...
On descent: Gouter Hut at 14:00, Tete Rousse at 16:00.
One night in Tete Rousse, 15th September - Shamonix.
Typically me! Overslept of course and started from Tête Rousse at 9am. The weather was perfect and me and my ex. girlfriend moved on until we decided to go down just below Grande Bosse (4513m). It was just too late in the evening (7pm). We didn´t want to go down with our torches.
The night was pretty romantic, we slept under a dining table in the Goûter hut. :)
I tried it in 2005 but because of bad weather we turned back. In 2006 fortunatelly we were successful. :-) Nice route but it was very overcrowded.
J'ai gouté cette route.