Today we took the cable car from Chamonix to the Aiguille du Midi.
The Aiguille du Midi is developed into a series of viewing platforms which carefully keep people not equipped to go out on the glacier from doing so.
From there we took the gondola over the Glacier Geant to Point Helbroner. We were up around 3600m for the several hours but the haute montagne environment and the spectacular scenery and views were well worth not being able to breathe.
The journey over to Helbroner meant we could overlook the top of the Galcier du Tacul which further down becomes the Mer de Glace, which we visited yesterday.
The scale of this 7 km long river of ice was huge.
The Glacier du Geant was exactly that – gigantic, with tiny snakes of roped climbers moving slowly over it. 25,000 people attempt the ascent of Mont Blanc (4810m) every year and there were quite a few at it today. The weather was calm today – but quite chilly at minus 9 degrees. Tonight and through until midday tomorrow it will precipitate – rain below 2000 meters and snow above. There will be a lot of people up on Mont Blanc in the snow tonight.
There was constant evidence that all this ice is on the move with avalanches, tumbling blocks on the steeper sections of glacier and deep crevasse.
The scale of Mont Blanc is immense which further accentuated the vulnerability of the climbers out there.