Ascent of Mont Blanc on 2011-07-18

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Euan Whittaker
Nick Asher
Date:Monday, July 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Blanc
    Elevation:4810 m / 15781 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Expertly guided by Euan Whittaker & Martin Moran as part of a fortnight in the Alps. As is generally recommended success followed ascent of several other 4,000 metre peaks in the previous week to aid fitness and acclimatisation.

A snatched ascent between snow storms, so tramway to Nid d'Aigle not running and we had to walk all the way up from Bellevue. We ascended via the Gouter Ridge staying in the Tete Rousse Hut before & after. Reached the summit at about 10:30, where the temperature was minus 12 °C with wind speeds of up to 60 km/h (so wind-chill & spindrift a problem and progress rather slow), but fantastic views, a true sense of being on top of the world and no other climbers on the peak! Co-summitted with Euan and Nick Asher, unfortunately our fellow climber Neil Norris was forced to turn back at the Vallot Hut with an asthma attack.
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On the summit of Mont Blanc (2011-07-18). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3010 m / 9875 ft
    Elevation Loss:2439 m / 7999 ft
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3010 m / 9875 ft
    Trailhead:Bellevue  1800 m / 5906 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2439 m / 7999 ft
    Trailhead:Nid d'Aigle  2371 m / 7782 ft

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