Mont Blanc du Tacul 2006.05.01

Mont Blanc du Tacul 2006.05.01

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 45.85092°N / 6.88002°E
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: May 1, 2006
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring

Up Up Up

After six days of chaining myself to my desk to catch up on work it was high time to get back on the mountain. I dialed up Idris and Patagonian Thomas and we set off up the Mont Blanch du Tacul for a little morning exercise.

NOTE: This trip report cross-posted on Teton Gravity Research forums (see thread here)

View - Mont Blanc du TaculGood weather... check! High haze becoming thick high clouds later.

Up and Up - Mont Blanc du TaculIdris motoring up. See that huge serac fall right over top of the Grands Mullets normal route up Mont Blanc in the background? Scary stuff out here...

View - Mont Blanc du TaculCan you spot the Matterhorn?

Towards the Summit - Mont Blanc du TaculA fine day for a bit of ski mountaineering.

Overview MapAiguille du Midi to 3842m, slight descent and traverse to 3500m, and then straight up to 4171m. 4000m peaks don't come much easier.

Crowds - Mont Blanc du TaculWe are not alone on this mountain. The French GEED to the left of me has just made some nasty remarks to me and Thomas and is about to get the verbal beating of his mountaineering career... story for another day.

Mont Maudit North FaceCresting the ridgeline, the Mont Maudit comes into view. We had hoped to shoot for this one today but the face is looking pretty hairy even for a ski descent, let alone a ski climb up. Save it for better conditions.

Final Scrambly Bit - Mont Blanc du TaculTom on the final stretch, which involves some light scrambling.

Blasphamous Summit Pose - Mont Blanc du TaculMaking my best attempt to blasphamize at the summit cross.

Obligatory Group Photo - Summit of Mont Blanc du TaculThe obligitory group photo...

Down Down Down

...and we're off!

Ski - Mont Blanc du TaculAnd hey, this snow is not bad!

Ski - Mont Blanc du TaculNo, it is NOT BAD AT ALL!

Ski - Mont Blanc du Tacul

Danger Up and Down - Mont Blanc du TaculSlight traverse required with some pretty cool exposure - seracs providing the danger on the top and a big friggin crevasse providing the danger below.

Idris Wants to Go Exploring - Mont Blanc du TaculAnd now Idris wants to go exploring...

Idris  Secret TunnelMy what an interesting little tunnel have you found Idris?

The Other SideWhat's on the other side?

Idris Tearing it Up - Mont Blanc du TaculOK!

More IdrisWell, that was a cool little detour!

And finally a little ramble down the Vallee Blanche gets us some nice spring cruising snow to finish it off before we chow down on lunch on the little Montenvers train back. Nice day!

Thanks Idris and Thomas. See you for the next one.


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