Ascent of Mont Blanc on 2010-07-01

Climber: Alexandra Marcu

Others in Party:Dan Marcu
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Blanc
    Elevation:15781 ft / 4810 m

Ascent Trip Report

The slope was steep and I was kind of tired, but the encouraging words of my father were lifting my moral up, making me forget the fatigue and keep on walking. I enjoyed vey much the sunset and the lighting of L’Aiguille du Midi which could be seen very well from the high cliffs we were climbing.

We were climbing roped together, Eric first, than me and Dad. Eric did not allow us to take any breaks so Dad had to speed up now and than in order to take pictures. On our way back we had a good laugh about this and called him “the Japanese tourist” because he looked like he had a camera stuck to his hands.

On L’ Arret des Bosses Eric turned toward us and said “here nobody stumbles”.

It was a difficult way and if one falls there is no coming back. We walked with caution and I was paying great attention to my feet. Thank God we managed to get throught with no problems.

We walked on and on when all of a sudden Eric turned around and said: “We are on top. We did it! ” It was 6:30 a.m., it was so cold, but I was so happy that I wasn’t paying attention to anything else. Dad was happy too,because he realised he summited the top of Europe on his birthday together with his babygirl. We took a lot of pictures of me holding up the Romanian flag and also the flag of my school. Some French climbers recognised the romanian flag and congratulated us for summiting.

Eric and dad would have liked to stay there a little longer but my feet started freezing so we decided to go back. After some hours of downhill walking, we entered the hut with my dad saying ”make place for the veterans of Mont Blanc, please”, which seemed to amuse everyone there.

We made it in time for the tram. Once in Le Fayet I jumped into my mother’s arms.

They were all so happy to see us.

But the most important thing is that I summited the top of France, Western Europe and for 15 min I was the tallest girl on the continent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7999 ft / 2438 m
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7999 ft / 2438 m
    Route:Gouter Hut Route - The normal route
    Start Trailhead:Gare du Nid d'Aigle (TMB)  7782 ft / 2371 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: The Mont Blanc Ascent

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Mont Blanc2010-07-017999 ft / 2438 m
Total Trip Gain: 7999 ft / 2438 m

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