Here's a short video from a recent trip to Chamonix in the French Alps and an ascent of the Goûter Route on the mighty Mont Blanc 4808m, the highest point in Western Europe, staying overnight at the lovely Refuge du Tête Rousse.
Mont Blanc was first climbed on August 8th 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard and whilst the Goûter Route is not that technically difficult, it really should not be underestimated as it is long and arduous undertaking at high altitude requiring good acclimatisation and the usual alpine skills. There are also some delicate passages including the infamous Grand Couloir and the superbly exposed Bosses Ridge leading right up to the summit plateau!
Anyway the entertainment was filmed so for anyone who may be interested in a future ascent, or a trip down memory lane, or just a vicarious journey up to the summit of Monte Bianco from the comfort of their chair! Featuring all the main landmarks encountered on the route, time lapses, lovely mountain ibex, a beautiful dawn breaking on the Dôme du Goûter plus the gob-smacking shadow of the White Mountain here is the story of a wee walk up Mont Blanc...
All constructive feedback welcome, please feel free to share and hopefully a journey up to the "Roof of Europe" will brighten up your day over a lunch or tea break with a brew and biscuit!