I failed on the mountain 4 times before 1st of 5 subsequent successful ascents between 1984 and 2009. I have climbed Brenva face, traversed the mountain from Gouter to Midi - and finally solo'd the Gouter route in 2009. I would like to climb it a 6th time - this time via the Val Veni and Aiguille Grises route on the Italian side.
Not sure about the exact date - I remember that I ran the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc then waited a few days because of foul weather and headed up to Aguille du Midi as soon as the skies were about to clear. Started with another guy whom I met on Col du Midi at 4 am but soon he withdrew because of high avalanche danger and problems with crevasse crossings. Hard slogging in fresh snow (nobody else on this route that day). Scared the shit out of myself when I broke a big cornice while climbing the Maudit. Got to the summit late in the afternoon and down to Refuge du Gouter at dusk. Hiked down all night and got to Les Houches about 6 am.
All in all 26 hours of a real solo adventure on a mountain that is told to be overcrowded.
First alpine experience, which was great! 2-day ascent with a stop-over at Gouter hut. Pretty good pace of 3.5 hours to summit from Gouter hut and back for the noon train.
gouter route from Chamonix on foot. budget trip. hitchhiking from Poland. my first altitude experience, huge headache in gouter but summitday without problems.
Climbed via Tacul and Maudit.
It was very cold, early in the morning high on the mountain, but later it turned out to be a beautiful day.
Finally..after not successful try over Gouter and Gonella....now from Midi, over Tacul and Maudit.
Ol and me end of 90's
Hike from valley; Les Contamines to Conscrits hut, to Durier hut via Aiguille de Berangere & Domes de Miage & on to Mont Blanc Summit via Aiguille de Bionnassay traverse to Dome du Gouter and descend via Gouter route to Tete Rousse hut and back to Chamonix. (16-19 Jul)
After 3 times with no success due to bad weather, the fourth time was absolute fantastic. Blue sky and good conditions. In 6 hours from Tete Rousse, we left at 4.30 to the summit and back to the Gouter to stay the night and leave next morning back to the Nid d'aguile.
Climbed with Brian Wilderspin. Did the Frendo the day before and slept at the Trident Hut. Alone on summit in perfect weather.
From Mt. Lachat with sleeping in a tent on Tete Rousse campsite.
Very good condition, except Grand Couloir where there were a lot of falling stones.
From Ref. Cosmique over MB Tacul and Mt. Maudit shoulder to the summit. Good wheather and conditions. Some blue ice on the steep ascent to Mt MAudit shoulder.
Descent to Ref. Cosmique and Aguille du Midi cable car.
By the gouter route, easy and nice, perfect weather! Only brayilian in all the 4 days on the mountains.
From cosmiques to MB, 5h.
On the way back on maudit
Classical, normal route across Aiguille de Gouter. Great snow conditions, nasty wind. We were all alone on the summit at that time !!
Climbed with Igi.
Guided climb with 11 friends, alpine start from Cosmiques and made it all the way. Deteriorating weather conditions at the top, I think we basically climbed on the last day of the regular season because weather was bad for the rest of the week.. Very tiring, especially on the way down!
Climbed in 2005. Nice climb. Photo's: see my website.
Gouter ridge, we wait for weather 2 days in barrack, at Gouter - above clouds - heavenly views, next - sleep ;) in Vallot, early morning ascent to summit and all day descent to le Houches
First ascent (solo) done on 18th of June in good weather. On the way down on the Col du Gouter I've two peaple who were about to go further up due to comming up weather breakdown and poor visibility on the Col... They decided to go to Vallot because were to tired to go to Refuge du Gouter. I've joined them just in case. Happened that the strom started and last for next 40 hours. After those to days of separation in Vallot rescue hut the weather came back. We were well prepared with food and rest of the gear and decided to go to the peak once again. The weater was even better form me this time. We did the peak and came down throgh Refuge du Gouter down to Chamonix.
Great time great people.
Thank you Mont Blanc. Ave