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Topic - Mont Blanc guides worth the money?

Sam Maher - on 30 Sep 2012
Hi,

A Friend and I are looking to climb Mont Blanc for the first time next summer (2013) via the Gouter route. I was wondering what the general consensus is on hiring a guide. Mainly is it worth the money?

I currently have no experience of winter walking, although I plan to change this over the coming winter with trips to Scotland and hopefully, attending an alpine course at either Pyb or Glenmore lodge. My mate has several Scottish winters under his belt and we came to the conclusion that we'd rather pay to learn the skills for ourselves than pay someone else to know them for us.

We've both been climbing for 2 years (and walking, leading groups in 3 season conditions, for over 4 years each) and know that despite some people saying the Gouter route is easy, you underestimate routes at your peril.

As students fitness is not an issue although (I suppose as always) money is.

Would be greatful to hear your thoughts on our situation.

Sam

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