Climbed it during my solo climb of Mont Blanc in 1 day from la Visaille (1700m) in Italy, via the Gonella route, Dôme du Goûter, summit (4810m) to Chamonix in France. #nonstopsolo
To the Mont Blanc summit via the Italian normal route.
But did not make it up to the summit of Mont Blanc.
I don't know how I missed this out for a climbers log entry. Of all the alpine summits it is the one I have most often ascended having made 8 ascents linked to attempts or ascents on Mont Blanc - starting with 1982 (1st and unsuccessful solo attempt on Mont Blanc, but did ascend the Dome and got as far as the Vallot Refuge). In 2009 I climbed the Dome solo twice in one week with 1st an unsuccessful and then a successful ascent of Mont Blanc via Bosses Ridge. My last and best ascent of the Dome was with rgg a year ago to the day, when we climbed the Gonella route to the top of the Dome - and then went on all the way to bivvy on summit of Mont Blanc.
... to Mont Blanc, by the Italian normal route.
3 times now from Refuge
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.
on the way to mont blanc from tete rousse and gouter huts
On the way to Mont Blanc from the Gonella Hut.
In the way back from Mont Blanc
First try for the Mont Blanc failed due to bad weather. We ended up on the Dome du Gouter and than went back to try it again one day later.
It is just on your way to the mont blanc but the views on the valley and the mont blanc area are fantastic!
summit for photos of Mont Blanc, Maudit and Bionassai needle.
On my way down from the summit of Mont Blanc stoped there for the summit.
Very strong wind was on the ridge and we could't climb the summit of Mont Blanc
From Refuge du Gouter to Mont Blanc
On the way to the Mont-Blanc.
During the climb on M.B. by normal way from Cham. over Guter.
Worth stopping off here on the way to Mont Blanc. Nice place for resting at least!
Summited en route to Mt Blanc. Gorgeous in its own right.