Wonderful day. I must admit I expected it to be a tourist route and it was tough. The omlet at Refuge Gouter on the way down was darn good.
Superb conditions, clear sky,
Starting point Ref.de Tete Rousse at 1.30 am. Pass the Ref.du Gouter and bivouac to the top in 6 hours. Very nice view from top on the world bellow form the highest point in Europe.
First time climbing Mont Blanc. Left Gouter hut at three and arrived on the summit at six, just before the dawn. I dont think we could've had better weather. The sky was clear, no need for head torches. There wasn't a breath of wind. Cold on the top though.
I've climbed it several times, first time on normal route 6.8.1981, but the last one is via innominata ridge.
Quite long from Italy, but a real great climb, though not too difficult (IV+ only).
I reached the summit for the first time (i'm just 15) with my dad and our guide. We had a beautiful day and left from the Aiguille du Midi at 6:45 AM We reached the summit around 1PM after 100 km/h winds. I sustained a first degree freeze to my nose and i couldn't feel it for some time afterward. My water froze, and therefore i arrived dehydrated aux Cosmiques but recovered shortly with food. Magnificent, a great experience overall. We celebrated at the Refuge des Cosmiques by sunset with Champagne I brought along.
We started from Rufuge de Cosmiques at 1.30 in the morning. In the afternoon storm would come so we had to hury! At 7.06 we reached the summit! The was fresh snow fallen 4 days before and before col du midi there was even avalange danger! We went down to the Gouterhutte. That was a boring decent in comparing to the other route! You see strange people: people in jeans, with a strange bag and solo..... From to the Gouterhutte down to the mont blanc train is a long walk back.....
We slept in a tents at Chamonix - Reqin - Col du Midi - Col de Brenva and at the 4th day of trecking we did the summit. For me it was a difficult thing when you don't have an aclimatization.
A beautiful day to reach the summit.
conscrits -> durier -> bionassay -> goûter -> mont blanc -> maudit -> tacul -> aig. du midi...
a long three days, but so beuatifull...
An unforgettable experience, in spite of the dangerous crossing of the Couloir de Goûter. If I made it to the top, it was thanks to my guide and rope partner Carlos.
A dream come true! in the summit of Mont Blanc over the Europe in a nice day with full moon and clear sky!
Unforgitable visit to the Alps, a paradise for the mountaineers.
I'm desolated for the 2 mountaineers of Catalunya die in Courmayer's route in these days. R.I.P.
Unable to get to the Refuge des Cosmiques the previous evening, as the cablecar was closed due to high winds.
Instead took the first morning cablecar up to the Aiguille du Midi (about 6.30am) and headed straight up, arriving at the summit at about 1pm.
A very enjoyable climb, and having the summit to ourselves made it even more special. There were fantastic views too, really felt on top of the world!
It was my first visit to the Alps, but I'll definitely be back.
See my trip report and pictures here:
waited out a 3 day storm. made the summit, solo, in a few hours from gouter refuge. beautiful views. crowded mountain.
climbed normal route from Nid d Aigle to discover that a storm was due in the night, decided to head directly for Summit.
Summited at 8.00pm in high winds but perfect views from the top, back to Gouter hut by 10.30
climbed with brother Shaun Taylor and Ricardo Montiel from Granada, Spain who we met on the route
Crazy people waking up at 2 AM, leaving the hut at 3. Absolutely unnecessary to get up that early. We got up at 4, left at 5, summit and wonderful ski down with plenty of time to spare. Quite long route, but mostly uneventuful and nontechnical. Some approach issues over the Junction including one dicy crevass crossing requiring a belay. Almost everybody suffering from altitute, myself included even after an entire winter of climbing 1-2 4000m peaks/week!
Two times on the top.
My first alpine mountain.During the day of reaching Gouter Hut the weather was not very good and in the evening there was a snowstorm.But suprisingly next day weather was very good,clouds were in the valleys and all the higher peaks was peaking above them-great.I started climbing pretty late(about 5 am),spent some time in Vallot so I reached summit about 11:15. That day I descended to Nid d'Aigle.
We started early in the morning from Tete Rousse and reached Gouter Hut about 10 am,then decided to climb the summit(we planned to reached it next day).I reached the summit about 14:30,my friends 30 minutes later.It was very nice to be on the summit on my own(remembering the crowds in 2003) so when my friends came we spent some time on the top and slowly descended to Gouter where we spent a night.
From the middle cable car station we tried to make our way through the thick snow. Unfortunatly, the weather was not kind to us. It was snowing for three days continuously which is every skier dream, but quite a disaster for the mountaineering. We had to turn around. After all, I should admit that It was quite a pleasant skiing in Grand Modes (Chamonix)
With my friends Roby, Pero and Crippa I reached the summit of Mont Blanc along the way from Refuge de Cosmiques.
For me, it's the best easy way for the top of Mont Blanc!