La Mer de Glace. Images April 2008.APR. 03. 2008.
The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is a glacier located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps. At 7 kilometres long and 200 metres deep, it is the longest glacier in France.
Montenvers train station (1,913 m/6,276 ft) Train arriving to Montenvers
After spending a night in Chamonix, my friend Heloise (FRA) and I took the earliest train up to the Montenvers
station. It was a smooth 30-minute-ride through a thick pine forest which was completely covered by the fresh snow that felt the night before.
What a beautiful place! Ice climbing.
Once we got to Montenvers, we waited for the lifts to open. The morning was pretty cloudy, but I imagined in my mind the surroundings in a clear day by looking at a picture posted in the balcony of the station. I could see in the picture les Drus ( 3754 m), les Grandes Jorasses ( 4205 m). Mountains I read about in books... I thought..it must be an amazing scenery!
Nine o'clock, and we got a ride in the lifts down to the glacier. We hiked the glacier for a couple hours or more. I didn't see any minor creavasses, just those located aside... huge crevasses perfect for ice climbing practices. I saw a bunch of climbers playing in it, going up and down.
Les Grandes Jorasses
We got back to Chamonix by late afternoon. Took the train to the station where our car (camping site) was at.
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