/ mont blanc summit 2013
im looking to join/organise a mont blanc summit for next june or sep....this is part of a plan in my 30's to climb the highest mountains in all the alpine countrys.I Would like ideally someone who is qualified to guide in alpine mountains (to make it cheaper).
I am a keen mountaineerer who has done all what britain can offer including winter munroes when serving with the royal marines.
In terms of finding someone 'qualified', you won't get that for free, and I'd suggest there's little need. Just someone with some experience.
You have done all that Britain can offer??
does that include Nepal and Afghanistan?
Complete your profile this may help you find a partner. As for next summer I maybe out there in July, but as a previous poster said its a bit too early to commit. Try to get in as much winter climbing as possible over the next few months and build up your fitness MB is done over two days the second day will be around 14 hrs ....Good luck!
I'd be amazed if you could get a guide to do it for free unless you became very good mates with them beforehand and they were willing to forego their rate.
Depending on the route, MB is just a long slog more than anything. As the poster above me said, the second day is VERY long. Mine was 15 hours - 8 hours up from the Tete Rousse and 7 hours all the way back down to the valley, but its not remotely technically hard, it's just a plod with a bit of scrambling. Not to be trifled with obviously because of the objective dangers and unpredictable nature of mountains, but if you got in a group of 3-4 now and got in some trips together and get comfortable climbing with them by the time you wanted to go, you wouldn't need a guide.
It may be worth getting a guide for a day to show you some alpine skills for the day on a glacier in the week preceding the ascent (you'll need some decent acclimatisation time) but as long as you're all competent and confident you wouldn't really need one for the ascent itself.
To anyone else, over there towards the end of June.
I very highly recommend doing mount blanc with UCPA. www.ucpa-vacances dot com i think.
it's cheap, you get excellent instruction, you get quite decent food, they handle all the formalities/bookings and you meet other interested and interesting french-type personages.
i did the two week mt blanc thing with them some time ago. in the end, blanc itself was about the easiest thing we did (for reasons of being in between two groups, i ended up doing it twice - once the 3m way and once the standard goultier rotue).
Seems i am too old!!
Thanks for the link
hi there i have been out to mont blanc the last 2 years and been beaten by weather.I will def be going back next year but would also be interested in your other climbs your looking to do.
Or even NZ, South America, The rockies, the Antarctic, etc.,. But I think we know he means the European alps..
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