After our warm up on Mont Blanc, the full team, 9 out of 9, made it to the summit of Mont Blanc early this afternoon. A great effort in fine weather and excellent conditions. Whilst it was a busy day on the mountain, with Gouter, Tete Rousse & Nid d’Aigle Huts all full, we managed to find some clear water after a slightly later start from the Tete Rousse hut this morning, and had the summit to ourselves.
A great experience before the descent to the Gouter Hut via the Vallot Refuge was made. The team were glad not to be descending down to Tete Rousse with tired legs and weary bodies! The Gouter Ridge is now quite rocky and whilst snow and a good track remains in the Grand Couloir we are heading in to more summery conditions. Some stone fall was observed in the Grand Couloir later this afternoon, which is normal as the warmer days melt the snow fast and the loose rock is exposed, and starts rolling.
Snow conditions above the Gouter Hut were excellent and there is a well worn track. Teams were also climbing from the Cosmiques Hut via the 3 Monts. There have reportedly been ascents via the Aiguille du Bionassay also and at least one team did a 1 day ascent on skis via a Midnight start and ski descent via Grand Mulets and down the paths to MB tunnel to finish.
There is also now a track up from the Italian Voie Normale, Pope Route, via the Gonella Hut and conditions are reported to be very good. Our other Mont Blanc teams in training, hoping to summit early next week, climbed the Aiguille d’Entreves and Aiguilles Crochues today with well snowy approaches and a mix of dry and bits of mixed ground on the rocky ridges.
We still have 2 places available on our September 9-15th Climb Mont Blanc Course if you would like to join us then.