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. A snatched ascent between snow storms (so tramway to Nid d'Aigle not running) 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 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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