Ascent of Mont Blanc on 2017-07-28

Climber: Tom Milliard

Date:Friday, July 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Blanc
    Elevation:15781 ft / 4810 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the day before I walked from the car park in Bionassay up to the Tete Rousse hut. This parking is free, and as far as I know, the highest available parking in the area. In a nice walk you reach the Nid D'Aigle train station in under 3 hours: for those on a budget, or wanting to walk more of this area, this is a great option. 2 more simple hours takes you to the Tete Rousse camping area, which is extremely popular. Camping is free, and a toilet is provided. Above is the Gouter refuge, 800m and 3 hours away up the most difficult part of the route, including the infamous Gran Couloir. On the night before my climb, a person tragically died and was airlifted out: this section is not to be taken lightly. On summit day I started at 0330, and using much care reached the Gouter hut at around 630. Unfortunately the weather was poor, and I had to wait in the hut for around an hour before continuing the hike. Visibility remained poor until the summit, and with quite strong winds. However, the summit was reached by around midday, including a break in the Valloit refuge on the way. The summit is unmarked. The clouds cleared on the way down, showing the ridges of this mountain, and some great views. The most difficult part of the day was the Grand Couloir in reverse, especially with the softer snow and loose gravel. Arrived back at the tent after 15 hours of hiking, tired but happy!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds

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