17th to 19th July Mont Blanc

L'Aiguille De Midi from Aiguille De Gouter.
The summit of Mont Blanc with sastrugi indicating wind direction.
Looking towards the Grand Couloir.

On the 17th July I headed to the Tete Rousse Hut with a team to climb Mont Blanc. The weather was very poor with heavy rain below 2600m and snow above this. This meant that the Tramway was closed so we had to walk from the top of the Bellevue lift. However, with this heavy precipitation and the freezing level at 3000m dropping to 2600m it meant that the Grand Couloir was well frozen and silent.

We summited on the 18th July. Conditions were quite hard due to the large quantity of fresh snow and the strong winds.

The lower peaks had been shrouded in cloud all day but we could still see the tops of peaks such as Grande Casse (Tignes) and Barre Des Ecrins.

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