did the grands mulets route on june 30th 08. well worth doing as the glacial scenery from the boissons to the col du dome is fantastic. deep snow on the grand plateau was hell. from the col follow the normal route to the summit. one of us really suffered from the altitude but he kept going. his exhaustion and blurred vision made for a tense descent to the aig midi. they say you can tell how big a mountain is when your descending, well mont blanc is big. its a big summit day [approx 1800mtrs] but keep in mind the grands mulets route.

blakeclimber07 06/Apr/17 AltLd dnf

Had to stop on the final ridge to the summit. The wind had picked up well over the forecasted strength and the visibility was closing in. Neither of us had done the route before and the decent was not the same as the assent route (we opted for the slightly more technical ice ridge route with skis on our packs) so we decided to turn around and ski down at approx. 4600m

Hidden 05/Jul/16 Solo O/S
CameronH 05/Jul/16 -

Descent from Vallot hut

CameronH 04/Jun/16 Solo dnf

On skis, turned round at Vallot hut due to zero visibility and storm coming in later. Still got the awesome ski descent!

joelevanschamonix 10/Apr/15 -
with Tim Oliver
Hidden 04/Jun/13 Solo
TCarrick 11/Jul/12 -
Huw Mithan 09/Jul/12 AltLd
with Tom Carrick, Mark Madge, David Webster
Webster ?/Jul/12 -

turned back at the valot hut

Mr Messy ?/Jun/11 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Ste Ridd 16/Jul/08 Lead

Take the Aiguille du Midi cable car, and traverse from the mid-station to the Glacier des Bossons. Crevasses in the last 50 meters on the approach to Grands Mulets hut at La Junction. Deep snow up to Grands Mulets hut. Day two 2am start, glaciers on the approach to the Petit Plateau. Pass as quickly as possible to avoid seracs, (passed on left-hand side, in good condition), before ascending Les Grandes Montées. Cross the Grand Plateau before joining the Gouter route between the Col du Dome and the Vallot shelter for the last summit section Bosses ridge. Arrived at the summit at 14:00 Decended the Gouter route. Arrived at Gouter Hut around 17:00 - White out on decent. (Long route in deep snow – only our party of 4 and two skiers on this route in good weather).

with C.Steel
AndrewJenkins ??/2008 -
GiveHerHelen 14/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
Jonny M 14/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
Lawrie Brand 22/Apr/06 Solo

Ski touring attempt. Dangerous seracs forced an ascent of North ridge of Dome du Gouter. Strong winds, cloud and very cold temps dictated turnaround at Vallot shelter. 30 mins back to Grand Mulets Hut.

Tarquin ??/2000 -
bms 12/Sep/99 Solo

Left BCS & GB at Col du Dome as GB suffering from altitude. Caught up with them again at Gouter hut. Descended to Tete Rousse for the night.

with GB, BCS
Helge Øystein Maakestad ??/1999 Lead G/U

We did it on skis in april. A magnificent route. We were poorly "acclimatised" and spent 15 hours from the refuge to the top and down again. Normal time spent is 6-7 hours. I summited the mountain on my 3'rd day in the alps ever. On the summit we were informed about the 1999 tunnel du Mt. Blanc disaster. We skied and downclimbed 3800m to arrive at the entrance to the tunnel in the Chamonix valley. We were met by armed french paratroopers protecting the then french president Chiraq. They immediately understood we were tourists and not terrorists.

Lusk ?/Aug/95 Lead O/S
leonjones ?/Jul/95 -
with Pete Miller
tompercy 17/Jul/94 -

In descent.

BenTiffin 29/Jul/93 -

Bivied on Grand Plateau on the way up

Hidden 18/May/92 Lead
Hidden ??/1992 -
Hidden ?/Sep/90 -
michaelb1 ?/Aug/89 -
with troybison, Andrew diver, Robert Durkin
troybison ?/Aug/89 -
Hidden 20/Sep/85 -
biggianthead 30/Aug/84 -
with G
99bolivar ?/Aug/84 Lead O/S
with Arthur Salmon
bobelvedere 07/Aug/79 -
with Lene Vestergaard
Bolt Phobia ?/Jul/78 AltLd
with Kit Spencer, Nicole
granitbahn ?/Aug/73 Solo

In descent

Martin Bennett 29/Jul/66 -
with Mick Black, CJE
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