Mont Blanc

Aiguille du Midi Cable Car

Aiguille du Midi Cable Car

Today we took the cable car from Chamonix to the Aiguille du Midi.

Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi

Mont Blanc from Aiguille du Midi

Mont Blanc from 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.

The French do a good job in keeping everyone safe.

The French do a good job in keeping everyone safe.

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.

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

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.

Aiguille Vert with Glacier du Tacul

Aiguille Vert with Glacier du Tacul

Glacier du Tacul

Glacier du Tacul

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.

Crevasse

Crevasse

Avalanche

Avalanche

All on the move

All on the move

The scale of Mont Blanc is immense which further accentuated the vulnerability of the climbers out there.

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One thought on “Mont Blanc

  1. munro109

    Hi Barbara, nice pics that bring back good memories. Have you skied the Mer de Glace from the Auguille de Midi? If not it should be on the tick list, I managed it three times and it ranks in my top ten trips. I climbed Mt Blanc in 1984, it’s a once only trip and I’m very glad I did it, in good style as well, although the altitude made it pretty tough even though we were very fit at the time. No hols for us for a while, as we have bought a small apartment in Newtonmore and will be moving in August, after which we plan to buy a plot and design our own house. Should keep us busy for a year or two. Have a lovely holiday.

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