/ Aiguille Du Midi bivouac
The only info I can find is very old.
I'd say if you were thinking you might get caught out, take at least a sleeping bag with you!
Slept there twice, most recently a couple of weeks ago. The toilets are indeed warm, and have hand dryers, which are fantastic if your clothes/fingers/toes are frozen. Last time the toilets were already occupied when we arrived, so slept on the benches in the tunnel, perfectly warm if you have a sleeping bag. My understanding is that the staff don't mind if you're there out of necessity, although this last time I had the impression that the other people there were bivvying to get an early start (they'd all vanished by the time I was woken up by the staff arriving).
We never had any trouble apart from being asked to get out of the toilets before the lift opened, but on both occasions it was pretty obvious that we'd got there pretty late and in bad conditions. They might react differently if they saw you arriving on the lift and setting up camp, I don't know.
not much better last october- no bag, light jacket and no sleep. 2 guys in the gallery above the toilets seemed well set up for an early start and lent us a stove for a brew. staff nice as pi in the morning though
Last time I slept there (by accident not design) we were given water by one of the staff (very much appreciated it was too)and ushered off to a quiet wee corner. This was October time.
This thread has made me more interested in alpinism than ever, is this typically the starting point for the Midi-Plan Traverse and Arete des Cosmiques?
The image of numerous scraggy climbers trooping out of a toilet in the morning also amuses me greatly.
> The only info I can find is very old.
Thanks guys. I appreciate the info.
I was thinking about possibly spending the night there as an acclimatisation exercise but that doesn't sound possible.
I'm very glad I asked the question. I hate upsetting the French.
Just get an earlier lift up, take a little hike down to the valley and head back up just as the last lift is due to leave. Maybe do the Cosmiques? You just got caught out with the time, didn't you? ;-)
Also, the slog up the snow arete or cosmiques will help with acclimatisation.
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