|Climber||Date||Style||Notes & Partners|
Bad conditions and less than usual made this dangerous to do.
Ken B, Martin F
Didn't summit, too busy. Stopped at col just below. FAR TOO HOT! Snow not in good condition
In descent after Contamine-Grisole. Moved roped together with hand coils.
Sam Keyne, Tom
In descent after Contamine-Grisole.
|lanky and weak||08/Sep/14||-||
in descent after climbing chere couloir and summiting. practically ran down to make the last bin down.
|Sam Ash||26/Jun/14||AltLd O/S|
|John Procter||?/Aug/13||Lead O/S|
|Martin Haworth||27/Jul/13||AltLd O/S||
Henry's first 4000m peak.
Stewart Webb, Kerry Gutteridge
|Gareth T||02/Aug/12||AltLd O/S||
After deciding the seracs and approach to Chèré Couloir wasn't great. Some nice ice on upper section :)
|Harry Thorpe||10/Jul/12||AltLd O/S|
pete rowlands, john holliday
|Katherine Ross||09/Jul/12||2nd O/S||
After bailing off the 3 Monts. Trying to descend the last scrambly bit at the same time as many guided groups were being dragged up was pretty ridiculous.
Reached plateau and were within 400m of summit, but fierce winds, cold temps and altitude sickness (Manik) caused us to retreat.
Ian Lau, Manik
|Martin Rowe||02/Jul/12||Lead rpt|
Peter Heath, Ian Whitfield
4000m acclimatisation peak in preparation for 3 monts route. Beautiful conditions, no problem with crevasses which had nice bridges accross. Set off from cosmiques hut @ 8am (late start) and were back at the midi by 12:30pm. The summit rocks were busy and again provided a sting int he tail to make the route more worthwhile. Weather crapped out the next day so headed to italy and Gran Paradiso instead of MB.
Alice Manwaring, Philip Pavey, James Brewer
Vladimir Zholobenko, Alek Zholobenko, Nial Browne
|Matt Bennett||19/Aug/10||AltLd O/S||
4.5hrs return to midi, loadsa snow, cutting trail
|Karl Wooffindin||10/Aug/10||Lead O/S||
Probably not PD. no option for F though. Full of Nigel & Jeremy's.
Started early in the cold shadow of Tacul descended in the heat of the day , very very quickly.
From Cosmiques hut.
Aborted as Clare got a little scared by the seracs...
|Jonny M||12/Jul/10||2nd O/S|
Climbed the route to ski the Gervasutti couloir but had to ski back down the way we went up due to bad weather.
Steve and Ollie
wanted to do a paraglide descent, but ended up having to fly down from the midi. still spectacular though!
2 days before big avalanche!Steady plod with a nice mixed finish. Unfortunatly met the biggest cock of a french guide on the descent who played up to all the stereotypes and nearly put us in mischief. His english clients whispered that 'he wasn't a nice man' as we passed them, ha, money well spent!
Descent after chere col, Loads of interesting snow bridges over bergscrunds and huge seracs, a nice we walk. Must be a trudge and a half going up!
Descended this after the Tacul Triangle, didn't look like much fun coming up it though.
descent through some cool territory
|Only a hill||24/Jul/08||-||
Well within guidebook time. A cracking mountain but the route was a little monotonous!
Great view from the top, plently of inspiration. Had to summit to ourselves- nice touch for my first 4000er.
Joined the route after climbing Chere Couloir.
Moved roped together the whole way, just a snow plod really for acclimatisation purposes, but still my first 4000er with a great view from the summit.
Git Avalanched by collapsing cerac had to initiate rescue for climber below us who was struck by ice boulder
|rob k||?/Jul/07||Lead O/S||
not good for first acclamatization unless you turn around well before summit.
Eric du Camp
|Chris Davids||16/Jul/06||AltLd O/S|
Awesome! Easy, but fun, cracking views.
Jon Rogerson, Stuard Heald
Solo without the skis
Jon Rogerson & Tim Ebdon
Patagonian Thomas and Tom
On ski. Nice powder day!
More of a snow plod than a climb really, but 'had to be done' on the way to the summit of Mt Blanc.
More of a roped up walk than a climb
|Somerset swede basher||?/Jul/05||2nd O/S||
My first 4000 meter sumit. Relatively easy as you get 6am Midi cable car to 3800 meters then walk via the gate to narrow snow/ice ridge to the Vallee Blanche at about 3500 meters (I think). From here you thread your way through the massive crevaces on the north west face to the long ridge on the skyline. Then continue for what seems like forever along the top of this to scramble up the the little rocky pyramid that makes up the sumit. A few days after we did this a number of Royal Marines were killed in an avalanche on the same route - a stark reminder of the dangers of alpinism.
Zipped up this telling Rachel how, round by round, England would go about winning the World Cup in 2006... ah well.
|Stuart Johnston||?/Mar/05||Lead O/S||
In winter with snow shoes before I knew how dangerous this face could be!
Left too early and got to summit before dawn
|Ewan Russell||?/Aug/04||2nd O/S||
Suffered altitude sickness, which felt quite severe at the time.
|Will Gordon||?/Aug/04||Lead O/S||
|Will Homoky||26/Jun/04||AltLd O/S||
4-5 hrs from hut. Good conditions.
Mike Lea, Lucy Prins
|Smelly Fox||20/Apr/03||Lead dnf||
Rosie, Al reaney, Rob Clifton
So well acclimatised were able to jog up and made summit in about 1hr 40.
Miles Goff, Malcolm Flatt, Clive Osbourne
|auld al||?/Jul/95||Solo O/S|
|John Simpson||?/Mar/95||AltLd O/S||
Jim O Kane
Done as part of 3M's route up Mont Blanc.
Descent after Gervasuti Pillar
Nice day long ago. My first 4000er. Easy climbing, but loose snow slopes - recognised these days as quite dangerous, hence PD+. We found a nice little alternative finishing gully with considerable exposure. Memorable but for the wrong reason. Got sick on descent. A psycho, (you, the police and I know who you are) had 'spiked' my water bottle with some yellow-brown oily stuff. If you (psycho) ever read this then stay away from me and climbing. Such people exist even among climbers it seems. Didn't realise what had happened at the time, but found out later in life. Bob had to push me back up the arete to the A. du Midi for the last cable car down. Also on a bit of dark note, there had been a recent plane crash on the final ridge with debris: aircraft tail still sticking out of the snow! Wow. What a day!