Summitted as the first summit during the "Three Mont Blanc" in june. A very enjoyable climb!
It was a beautiful, calm day on the Col du Midi but the summit ridge of Tocul was like a day I'd imagine in the Himalaya... the rope drawn taut in a sideways arc between us by fierce winds. The party behind us turned back due to the cold. Alberto tried to freeze his %$!! off but failed. I'm glad Marco was leading because there was so much spindrift blowing at the base of the summit block that i couldn't see anything despite there not being a cloud in the sky! What a great time! The God of Winds let off on the blasts for a few minutes of our stay on the summit. Great stuff. Pictures of me and Alberto with Maudit behind... classic. From the base of Cosmiques we could still see the white plume streaming off the summit against a deep blue sky...
I signed up for the 5 day course with the Chamonix Mountain Guides Company. While poised for the launch for Mont Blanc in the Cosmiques Hut, we were weathered out by strong winds and fresh snow on the morning of 12 September. So on our last day (Friday, the 13th) we went for Mont Blanc Du Tacul as a substitute. My French guide, Fred, got me there and back, safe and sound. Two classmates from Great Britain, Julia and Steve, led by their Italian guide, Alberto, made the trip with me. We had awesome visibility, and the weather was very kind to us.
I climbed over the shoulder of this mountain on the way to the summit of Mt. Blanc in 1999 and always regretted not taking the diversion to the summit then. Went back and climbed it in 2000 It is quite a busy peak but fun nevertheless. A picturesque rocky summit.
The first mountain after Aiguille du Midi on Ivano's and my way to reach our bivouac place on Col de la Brenva for our opening of a new route (Eperon Gousseault) on Mont Maudit the next day.
Climbed with my wife Annica. We had a lot of fun. No problems on the climb and with the weather
We (my father and two brothers of mine) only reached height 3.670, more or less. We passed the first crack on the NW face. We didn't go with the idea of reaching the summit, only to familiarize with crampons, piolets and rope. Start at Aiguille du Midi, bright day. I remember an helicopter bringing aid a belay below, near Col du Midi and the impressive S cliff of Aiguille du Midi.
I climbed this route with a chap named "Guy", met in a bar in Cham the evening before the climb.
We did it in a one-day climb, (like bsauer) from Chamonix with first cable to Aig du Midi, then climb to the summit and descent to the refuge des Cosmiques.
We arrived late at night and could not find the hut. We had to bivouac without equipment on the Cosmiques ridge. The next morning, we discovered the hut less than 50 yards from our bivouac place.
The Contamine-Grisolle is a classic ice climbing couloir of the Tacul northface (triangle). It ends below the summit. It was very cold. Because of the coldness, I turned around alone while my both companions were continuing the route. Afterwards, I went to the Eastside of the Mt. Blanc du Tacul just in order to have a nice look at it. I recognized too late, that the weather was getting worse. Nevertheless, I still reached the Abri Simond Bivouac Hut in the fog although I could not see more then a dark shadow of the end of the Aig. du Midi. My two companions got lost in the fog and the snowstorm on the Géant Glacier. They were also surprised by the sudden weather change like myself and other people and could not return anymore to the Abri Simond. They already wanted to make an unplanned bivouac on the Géant-Glacier (at -30°C and without sleeping-bags etc. .....). After a few hours, they made another attempt - and recognized that they were very close to the Abri Simond Bivouac Hut: just on the S-side of the rock on which the Ref. Cosmiques is located, i.e. a few meters away from the Abri Simond Bivouac, although they thought they were near the E-ridge of the Aig. du Midi .... we have never heard anything anymore about 2 french people who climbed the Chérècouloir that day and were surprised by the weather change as well. They at least did not return to the Abri Simond Bivouac Hut. We did not know whether they also got lost on the Géant Glacier, whether they reached the Aig. du Midi or what happened to them. We also could not inform anybody because we did not have any handy and were being stuck in snow storm in the Abri-Simond-Bivouac Hut.
The Contamine Mazeaud is a classic ice climbing couloir of the Tacul northface (triangle). It ends below the summit. It was very cold. Some persons of our group got severe frostbites of the 2nd degree. We abseiled down through the Chèrécouloir (normal descent of the triangle).
in one day from Chamonix via cable car and Aig. du Midi...climbing Cervasutti Pillar...hiking back to Torino hut for the night...was a long but wonderful day...climbing took approx. 8 hours...highly recommended climb
Very easy way up that is overcrowded in the season. Only interesting as part of a further ascent of Mont Blanc.
One of the easiest 4000m alpine peaks to bag, considering the cable car hauls you to 3800m and the main hazard is passing the hordes of guided clients vomitting up their breakfast.
See the photo of the rock step at the summit to see what you can expect if you're going to do this route at the height of the summer season. It pays to start early and to move fast.
The Chèrécouloir is a classic ice climbing couloir of the Tacul northface (triangle). It ends below the summit. It was very cold. Many persons of our group got severe frostbites of the 2nd degree. We abseiled down through the same couloir.
The first time I was on the MB we Did all three summits. Usually people contour the first two.