In 2007, 2013 and 2014
3 times on the normal route (Via Gouter) and twice by the Three Mountains Route (Mont Blanc du Tacul - Mont Maudit - Mont Blanc.
4 times solo, once with a friend
Huge day. With skis.
We had bad weather and not much time...
climbed straight from the refugge, long day that ended with nice weather on the peak.
Via Tête Rousse hut the night before and after. Early start up the rocks and beautiful weather all day, although the ridge was rather crowded. Clear and little wind, quite warm but a long day back to the hut nonetheless.
Unfortunately no summit view...
Soloed Brenva Spur from Bivouac de la Fourche. Started at midnight and summited 8 hours later.
Out of 8 days in the alps, the only two weather days were our summit days, so we made it Vallot hut and turned around about 1,400 from the summit. Hope to go back.
Climbed this time via the 'Italian' normal route, which I have had on my 'to-do' list for a long time.
This ascent ticked off 2 other 'to-do's' - a bivvy on the summit plus crossing to Mont Blanc de Courmeyeur.
The night at the top of Europe was complicated by a thunderstorm - more to follow in the planned trip report!
Mark and I climbed the Italian normal route and bivvied (almost) on the summit. Next morning we made a foray to Mont Blanc de Courmayeur before descending the 3 monts route, which is how I had climbed it the first time, four years ago. Although the Italian route is much longer, technically I found it easier than the 3 monts.
Climbed with Mike Chen, lead by a Chamonix High Mountain Guide. Summitted in 6 hrs 20 min from Cosmiques Refuge. Awesome mountain and what an exceptional route!
Up and down, one night at Tete Rousse.
Reached the summit at 7.15am, hard, very hard mountain to climb. Started at Aiugille du Midi did 3 Mounts Traversee, descend by Gouter Route.
Avoided the masses and the crowded Gouter hut by chosing the so-called Pope route via Gonella hut which hosted only 15 other guests that day. Slept very well, then summited in perfect weather and descended to Chamonix.
Nice mountain! Very reminiscent of Rainier
Cloudy at the top but awesome views when descending. My first mountain over 3000.
Very cold day, but nice summit
Climbed in 2005 and 2012. Both via Gouter Route. Awesome feeling to get to the top both times. Second time we hit the summit just as the sun came up over the Eastern Alps. Wrap up warm kids
Great day, great climb
In 5 hours from Gouter hut, the weather was good.
With Giles Cornah.