High Up Mont Blanc

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I finished off a busy ski touring season living in Zermatt in 2005 with a climb up Mont Blanc, via the Grands Mullets route, with a friend from Chamonix named Nuno.

Nuno is one of the most physically fit people I know. Even though I was what I considered very fit and well acclimmatized myself, having skied literally a dozen 4000m peaks in the previous two months, he absolutely dusted me up to the summit. We passed each other on the Bossons Arete, him on the way down, me puffing my way up. "Are you ok Brian?" he asks through cold piercing wind "I'm sorry to launch ahead but I was getting cold. I'll meet you in the Vallot Refuge." A couple hours later I found him there fast asleep, enjoying an afternoon snooze up at 4500m. The next day he went climbing. The guy is a maniac.

Anyway as I remember an hour or so out of the Grands Mullet refuge we crested a steep bit and the views of Mont Blanc opened up just as the first rays of the rising sun began to hit them. The formation here is actually the Mur de la Cote step along the ridge between Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc summit. The distinctive lenticular cloud that makes the shot is a sure sign of high winds, and indeed at the summit we were, literally, "blown away."

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Holsti97

Holsti97 - Apr 25, 2006 7:54 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: nice

What more can I say?

Blaze334

Blaze334 - Aug 13, 2006 1:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Wow!

It is fizzing !

mountainmanjohn

mountainmanjohn - Nov 10, 2006 2:19 pm - Voted 10/10

fab....

........tastic! Great moment

hiltrud.liu

hiltrud.liu - Apr 26, 2007 5:36 pm - Voted 10/10

What a beautiful picture!

Magnificent!!!
Cheers, Hiltrud

ChristianRodriguez

ChristianRodriguez - Aug 30, 2008 4:00 am - Hasn't voted

Amazing

What a nice picture. Nature in your maximun expression. I am dreaming to climb this mountains for many years. Right now I am pretty close. november or december. Depends of money. I am from Guatemala and I don't have good economic as an european. But picture like this make me work more hard to this dream come true. thank for the picture!

mills

mills - Oct 10, 2009 6:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Fantastic

Wonderful photo !

RayMondo

RayMondo - Nov 21, 2009 5:21 am - Voted 10/10

Totally amazing cloud

I've seen some stunning cloud, but never this.

winemanvan

winemanvan - Mar 4, 2010 5:44 pm - Voted 10/10

beautiful

stunning

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