Photo by Hartmut Bielefeldt
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1786|
|First successful climber(s):||Michel-Gabriel Paccard, Jacques Balmat|
|Nearest major airport:||Geneva, Switzerland|
|Convenient Center:||Chamonix, France|
The summit of Mont Blanc is a glistening white dome that fills the sky. It is the highest and hugest summit in the Alps. The elevation difference from bottom to top is more than 13,000 feet, and glaciers extend to as low as 4000 feet. It is ascended by a number of routes, many of which are fairly easy grades. The length and altitude of the ascent, however, coupled with the frequent instability of the weather, make Mont Blanc a very serious ascent, and over 1000 people have died on the mountain, largely because they failed to respect it, and failed to appreciate their own limitations. Two "normal" routes and several others can be used for ascending. Being fairly easy it is often overcrowded but luckily the peak itself is so flat and broad that it can provide place for 100-200 climbers at the same time. Physically pretty demanding.