I climbed Mont Blanc after a horrible night spent in a 2 person tent with 3 other people next to the Gouter Hut. Reaching Vallot struggling with 80km/h winds, we waited some time in the hut, after which 2 of us continued to the summit. Visibility was bad, we didn't see anything it was only because of the GPS that we knew we actually reached the summit.
Descent from Grands Mulets and la Jonction.
First attempt unsuccessful. we started on foot from the village of Chamonix. First night on the glacier below the Refuge du Requin, Second night below Refuge des Cosmiques, Summit day we encountered snow storm with very poor visibility and were forced to retreat...We made it up to about 14,000ft. We came down the tram at Aiguille du Midi.
After a few days bad weather in Chamonix we got some good weather. Rain had washed out the train so we started hiking from the top of the Bellevue chair lift. We could not confirm a spot in either the Tête Rousse or Gouter hut so we brought along bivy gear. We stopped at the Tête Rousse hut and were promised at least a floor spot. There was some talk in our group of continuing on to the Gouter hut but a climber was killed crossing the grand couloir at lunch (falling rock) so we hung tight. Left Tête Rousse at 2:00am, reached the summit before 7:00am, back in Chamonix for burger's at 4:00pm.
This mountain is a total mad house and not safe during peak season due to the sheer number of climbers.
We started out climbing from the Cosmiques hut at 2AM and finally made it to the summit with cold by clear weather. The climb was crowded and long but the views were beautiful.
This is my first Alpine experience. I was climbing solo, without guide and without rope. Start from Tete Rousse at 7:00, Gouter hut at 10:00, Vallot Hut in 15:00 but i was very tired for continue. So, i slept in Vallot, alone. and next morning i start from Vallot at 8:00 and reach the summit at 11:00. Bad weather above 4300, strong wind and snow dust ...
Started at Nid d`Aigle at 10 a.m.- ascended to Aiguille de Gouter - left my stuff and headed to the summit in the evening 5.30 p.m. - made a bivy at Aiguille de Gouter and descended to Nid d`Aigle next morning
After a sudden change in weather a minor badweather front stroke the mountain during the night so the 02AM wake up call was called off. However, eventually the heavy winds diminished and at breakfast some parties made ready for summit attempt at 0900AM. I soloed and reached the summit at 1215PM. I was all alone over the Bosse-ridges. What a feeling! After that rather late summit, I had a descent of 3.800 altitude meters all the way down to Les Houches. (Tramway du MB out of order due rockfall.)
No problem really to do it unroped all the way to the summit. There was only one open crevasse well above the Vallot hut which could be overcome with a big step. The weather was outstanding. Feeling really lucky.
Perfect weather. The amount of snow on the mountain made the ascent spectacular, especially the awkward ascent of the Grand Couloir. The route via Mont Maudit was inaccessible due to the amount of snow.
Started hiking from town in beautiful weather. When we got up to the col the next day, we were in whiteout conditions and terrible winds that turned us around. No worries, I don't mind taking another trip there to try again!
my first 4000m peak:)) we've made it ina a team of five, great weather, great experience
summit in perfect weather - the other routes on the massif were still innaccessible
Gouter route in perfect weather.
Once back down, lots of French beer.
beautyful moment.. beautyful day
Started by taking the lift from Les Houches and hiked a couple of hours (because the train was not working!) to the Nid D'Aigle Hut, where we spent the night. Next day continued on to the Gouter Hut, which turned out to be the hardest part of the climb! The Gouter ridge was very icy in sections and fairly crowded, some people were crawling up on all 4's! My biggest worry was that one of these people would slip and nudge me off the ridge...but luckily, all I got was a few crampons in my helmet. After spending the night in the "luxurious" Gouter Hut we made the summit in 3 hours and 45 minutes because there was a beautiful trail leading all the way to a fantastic summit!!
We started out climbing from the Cosmiques hut at 2AM in a steady rain. Once we hit Mount Maudit the rain turned to snow and we had some seriously powerful winds buffeting us all the way to the summit. By the time we reached the summit the snow had reached blizzard proportions. But once we started descending the Gouter Ridge the sun came out and we had blue skies for the remained of the descent. This was a great mountaineering experience and a fine end to my 2004 trip to the Alps.
We were driven back after the night from 10th to 11th of Sept. 2006 in Goutier-hut.
A thunderstorm raged all through the night bringing new snow.
We went down the next morning and will come back for sure :-)
I was invited to Mt Blanc by my friend ... And I just couldn't reject his invitation :-)
He really chose the best days for the tour as we had very nice weather. No problems at all!
An overnight climb from the Midi. Ate sardines at Col du Brenva. Summitted in dark at around 1.00 am. Lenticular cloud on top. Scary. Slept in stinky Vallot hut and left sardine tin in an annoying Frenchman's bag. Frostbit big toe. Climb in the evening and you will have the mountain to yourself!