Climbed it solo in 1 day from la Visaille (1700m) in Italy, via the Gonella route, summit (4810m) to Chamonix in France. #nonstopsolo
Date approximate. In 1973 I finished my PhD in chemistry at UC Berkeley and went to Germany to post doc at the Max Planck Institut fur Stromungsforschung. In the summer of 1974 my climbing partner, Louis Reichardt, flew from his postdoc at Harvard to join me, and we spend three weeks climbing in the Chamonix Alps. We first attempted the route from Cormayeur, Italy, after driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel, but abandoned that long approach in favor of taking the teleferique from Chamonix up to the glacier north of the summit. We climbed to a hut on the ridge where we rested before starting the climb before sunrise the next day. We descended to the glacier East of the summit to do the route. After crossing the summit we descended to the Grands Mulets hut, on the Bossons Glacier, post holing to our hips in the warm afternoon sun. At the hut we treated ourselves to worst wine I have ever tasted (plastic bottled). Later Lou, the strongest climber I have ever climbed with, became the first American to climb K2 with Jim Wickwire (without oxygen).
Relatively easy climb after night in Gouter. Perfect weather conditions.
Solo climb via Gouter Route after spending a night at Gouter hut. Perfect conditions, nice weather, great views!
Great weather via the Italian route (Rif. Gonella). We made it from the hut to the summit in 6.5 hours thanks to Gunnar pushing the pace and not wasting time on things like food or rest breaks. Exhausting but good.
Climbed Mont Blanc as part of a three summits tour.
Summit reached 4 times. my first climb was the july 15 2005
Stayed at Gouter hut. Waited at the Vaillot for about half an hour to time our arrival on the summit at sunrise. Train station to train station in just over 24 hours.
Top of the Alps
From refugio de Tête Rousse with friends from Moscow and LA. Excellent weather conditions
very similar with rainier but a bit easier and higher
Took the tramway up to Mont Lachat-- Nid d'Aigle station was closed for line maintenance to end on 8 August 2015. From there we hiked up to Tete Rousse. Along the way people were saying that the ascent to the Gouter hut would not be possible. We heard a lot of helicopters overhead, and some people informed us that the people descending the mountain were being flown down the couloir because the conditions were so bad. We were told that the police had closed the route and the Gouter hut that we planned to stay at would be closed. So we stayed at the Tete Rousse hut and descended the next day. 4.5 km to the hut one way, and 1100 m gain.
Climbed via the Italian Normal Route. Summit at 2:42 am in the silver moonlight. :)
Summited Mont Blanc at the end of september, not much climbers on the
mountain anymore. Weather was great, nice climb!
I was waiting the whole week in Chamonix for the winds to calm down (not a bad place to wait:). Summited via Gouter route since the weather was not that great. We summited in the evening and had the top just to ourselves. Descent in a blizzard...
Bad weather. Just me and my friend that day started the climb.
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.