Lots of sunshine, virtually no snow and solid rock made for a great day.
lots of new snow.............
Pretty introdution to Mont Blanc Massif holiday. Good aclimatisation ascent. Bad weather - moments of snowing, lot of clouds. This face is a nice alternative to often crowed ridge - you avoid waiting for teams toiling over ridge being. There was a short moment of fine ice field (late summer - however easy to walk around if you want). Good protection in upper part. We did 3 rappels in the descent.
Nice little route.
On the first day climbing in Chamonix, on the way to the Refuge d' Argentiere, we spent a couple of hours on this delightful little summit. The snow was quite soft, ideal for training before more challenging terrain. Highly recommended!
Very large bergschrund and lots of ice...2003 was a bad year in the alps due to the heat wave so what was ment to be an 'easy' day out was not! As mountaineering should be! Great climb and wonderful abseil descents to race back to catch the very last cable car down for the season. We made it just in time.
Followed the NW ridge to the summit in perfect weather. It was a beautiful route and we were almost the only people there despite the time of year.
Florence and I attempted this climb as an end to our holidays in Chamonix. The icy/delicate conditions of the approach and late departure make as decide to go back just 1 pitch from the summit. Descent was great and we could take the train down. Excellent experience anyhow. Florence passed successfully her alpine initiation phase. Alpinism implies as well to know when is needed to drop the ascent. We will try again for sure.
Last day of 3 days tuition with a guide, in thick cloud with a strong wind. I was absolutely terrified. We made it over the rimaye, up the face and onto the summit ridge but couldn't see more than a few meters, we were probably only metres from the summit but I didn't even care, I just wanted to get back down!! Which we did by the normal route. My girlfriend wanted to continue to the summit which shames me I guess!!
Climbed it 3 days after a disasterous day in the Alps in a whiteout. Was still recovering from a previous ordeal so was a bit slow. Took the left hand route which is rated PD+ but conditions were pretty poor and snow was very unstable.
Or then abouts!
Not very crowded due to the conditions. But a really fun climb
We went up the glacier and followed the rock ridge on the right to the summit.
Really nice mixed climb. Had the mountain to ourselves first thing in the morning but soon the crowds arrived, which made going back down the ridge a wee bit challenging with the crowds making their way up. In all, we took less than 3 hours at a very easy pace.
Climbed the ice/snow face up to the summit
Climbed the NE-ridge and back down via the normal route. Varied and fun climb, everything is in there: bergschrund, steep firn, rock climbing, rapelling etc. Excellent conditions.
Very pleasant little wander.
Climbed the normal route in the very hot july month. After a quite steep climb up the face we came to the ridge which we climbed with crampons on most of the way. Great fun and good practice, especially with our guide shouting at us to go faster constantly, really keeps you focused! Highly recommended.
Fun after a fresh dump of snow. Up the ridge and down the face with a novice. A good place to practise skills, moving together, down climbing, releasable axe abesils, crevasse rescue and so on.
Wonderful ridge with very much snow and funny climbing