/ Mont Blanc acclimatisation
Domes de Miage, the Rochfort Arete and the Midi-Plan traverse are all great exposed ridges, and Mont Blanc de Tacul is high and easy.
Doing a route or two around the Albert Premier is a good warm up. Lots of easy choices around Aiguille de Tour, Fourche etc.
What worked for me:
Stayed Albert Premier 1 night. Tried two routes over two days on Aiguille du Tour. Voie normale and Col Superior du tour. Bad weather and the first time on glaciers didn't go too well. We had a party of 4 and 2 members had some degree of snow blindness on both days, make sure all your party have decent glasses! Coupled with the poor weather and crap route finding (right across the crevasses) we abandoned both attempts.
Day 3. Climbed with my regular climbing partner successfully on the Cosmiqes Arete, Aiguille du Midi. We had a late start and just made the cable car down.
Day 4. Started Gouter route, stayed in Gouter hut.
Day 5. Summited. I was probably aerobically the fittest at the time (3 of us summited), but I suffered the most due to altitude. Just had a bit of a headache and was slower than the other two, but was okay.
Simple (probably abit repetitive doing it twice) but worked fine for us was:
Up to Tete Hut on the Gouter Route, there are various minor little routes up there, so different scenery can be seen. But nice and easy. Stayed the night, and then headed back to Chamonix. Recovered for a night in the low valley.
Then the next day up the same route to Gouter Hut. Next day summit and back to Chamonix.
Worked fine for us :)
This would be my suggestion, however a trip up to the dome de gouter and back to the tete would be good to save your knees all that decent.
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