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Mountaineering, Mont-Blanc training course

Climb Mont Blanc, Top of Europe

( 15,781 feet asl / 4,810 m )

 

 

"Mont Blanc is the monarch of mountains; they crowned him long ago on a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds, with a diadem of snow" - Lord Byron

 

Who will guide you ? : our Mountain Guides

Our French Guides from Chamonix are qualified worldwide as IFMGA Mountain Guides. They are Mont Blanc specialists (most of them have climbed Mont-Blanc more than one hundred times), speaking fluently English with a near-native comprehension.

Climb Mont Blanc training course, 6 days, departures on each Sunday of Summer 2017, from Sunday 11 of June till Sunday 24 of September, one mountain guide for 4 participants during the three first days , one mountain guide for 2 participants during the ascent of Mont Blanc. 

 

PRICE : 1,460 Euros. 

 

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Climb Mont Blanc with a Mountain Guide, the dream of all mountaineers. During this Mont Blanc training course, created for complete beginners in mountaineering who wish to climb Mont Blanc with a Mountain Guide, you will prepare your ascent to the Top of Europe with three days to discover technics of mountaineering in the Mont Blanc group, ascend the summit of Aiguille du Tour, and tour the glacier trek around the Aiguilles Dorées; you will sleep two nights in altitude to acclimatize carefully.

 

Then, you will have one night and one complete day to recover energy in Chamonix, before to go up on day 4, by cable-car + mountain train + footpath, to Tête Rousse mountain hut, 10,390 feet asl. After a short night in the hut, you will start your ascent to the Mont-Blanc on the classic route, first climbing Aiguille du Goûter, 12,674 feet, then passing near Dôme du Goûter, 14,114 feet, Vallot hut, 14,311 feet, and finally reaching the summit of Mont-Blanc. You will then go down by the same route to Tête Rousse mountain hut, where you will have a second night.

 

Our experience of these training courses has led us to choose the classic route by Le Goûter, which is more often passable than the Cosmiques route (Three Mont Blanc route).

 

The ascent of Mont Blanc will take place on the 4th-5th days of the training course, according to the best weather period: the ascent may be postponed to the 5th-6th days in order to have a better weather for the ascent.

 

 

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- Safety : to climb Mont-Blanc via the classic route, according to the safety rules of the National Union of French Mountain Guides (Syndicat National des Guides de Haute Montagne), we have chosen to post one mountain guide for two climbers. This choice has been made for your safety; it is also much more efficient for this long ascent to create homogeneous roped parties of two climbers with similar ages, rhythm or technic. During all the ascent, and during all the coming down till the end of the glaciers, you will be roped with your guide.

 

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- Success rate, Mont-Blanc ascent statistics : by nice weather, more than 95 % of the mountaineers who attended these training courses since they were founded have reached the summit of Mont Blanc.   

This remarkable rate of success to climb Mont Blanc (statistics show an average rate of success of only 70 % for roped parties on the Mont-Blanc ascent) is due to thirty years of experience of this ascent. This training course has been created to surmount the five main causes of failures on the Mont-Blanc route :

 

1) insufficient equipment : bring all the gloves and under-gloves that we ask you to carry, adjust your crampons to your mountaineering shoes (crampons not perfectly adjusted will tire you out walking on the ice), make sure your mountaineering shoes are warm and confortable, and don't forget your Thermos flask.

 

2) lack of practice in ice climbing: you will spend two and a half hours training during the ice climbing school, on the first day of the course, this is vital to success during your ascent of Mont-Blanc. This ice climbing school will be completed by a training to safety technics to be used in case of a fall on a snow slope, and a study of rescue technics in crevasses.

 

3) insufficient training: you must train seriously during the three months before the training course : run one hour three times a week, bike eight hours a week, or hike ten hours each week-end, on routes with a few steep hills. If you do not train seriously, you have very low chances to reach Mont-Blanc summit. 

 

4 ) some programs do not include one extra day to shift one day later the ascent in case of bad weather : our program includes one extra day. This extra day gives maximum flexibility in case of bad weather.

 

5) the main cause of failure : insufficient acclimatation. If you spend all your training course sleeping in Chamonix (height :3,445 feet over sea level), you will not be acclimatized, even if you ascent high summits each day. The goal of this course is to get you to sleep high (one night in " Albert 1er " hut, 8,865 feet high, one night in " Trient " hut, 10,400 feet high), to bring you to a perfect acclimatement. After three days and two nights in altitude, you will spend one night and one complete day in Chamonix to recover energy, and then you will ascend Mont-Blanc with the best chances of success.

 

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- Programme:

 

- Day 1 : Meeting point at Le Tour cable-car, in Chamonix valley, at 8.30 a.m., ascent by cable-car + footpath to Albert 1er hut, ice climbing school on the Tour glacier, night by Albert 1er hut.

 

- Day 2 : Tour pass (10,791 feet), " Aiguille du Tour " (11,621 feet), Trient hut. Training to safety technics in case of a fall on a snow slope, or in case of a fall in a crevasse. Night by Trient hut.

 

- Day 3 : Plines pass (10,807 feet), Saleina pass (10,718 feet), Tour pass (10,791 feet), footpath and cable-car down to Le Tour. Afternoon rest and night in Chamonix.

 

- Day 4 : Morning rest in Chamonix. In the afternoon, cable-car + mountain train + footpath up to Tête Rousse hut.

 

- Day 5: during the night, ascent to "Aiguille du Goûter" (12,674 feet), and then to Mont-Blanc (15,781 feet), descent by the ascent route, night at Tête Rousse.

 

- Day 6: footpath, mountain train and cable-car to Chamonix valley. End of the programme around 11 am.

 

- Day 7 : one extra day to be used for the ascent in case of bad weather.

 

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- Training: 

You are a complete beginner in mountaineering ( but you are used to hike through hills and low-altitude mountains ) or you have a little experience in this sport. You wish to put all the chances on your side to achieve the ascent of Mont-Blanc.

You practise twice a week long distance running (10 miles) or biking (50 miles).

 

During the three months before this training course, you must either run one hour 3 times a week, bike 8 hours a week, or hike 10 hours each week-end, on routes with a few steep hills.

 

A good test to know if you are fit for this course : you are able to walk up 3,300 vertical feet in 2 hours on good footpaths, with a 5 kilos backpack, without being dead tired.

 

You do not suffer from vertigo.

 

 

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- To get more informations on our Climb Mont Blanc course :

 

Detailed chart

 

Your equipment

 

Next departures

 

 

            

 

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Feedback / Travellers' comments :

 

 

- Ken and Keiko Enami, Japan

 

" Dear Marc,

Thank you very much for everything during the Mont Blanc training course.
Although we were surprised at the Three Mont-Blanc route shut down due to avalanche risk, we are happy that we climbed Mont Blanc through the Gouter route you re-arranged well.
We are not so strong. So even now, it is unbelievable that we completed the long walk from Tete Rousse to Nid d’Aigle via the top almost comfortably.
We appreciate your training advice before starting this course, acclimatization by pleasant trekking and training on the glacier, your adequate walking pace at Mont Blanc ascent and etc.
Every support you provided to us was wonderful and it definitely led us to the success.

Once again, thank you very much.
We are looking forward to seeing you again somewhere high in the world in near future.

 

Keiko and Ken Enami "

- Gabi and Pablo Blanco-Palomino, Spain

 

" Dear Marc,

My brother Gabi and me  would like to thank you for the excellent week we've had with you, the guides and the other participants. The experience was excellent, the preparation outstanding and finally we succeeded to reach Mont Blanc summit safely, our dream.

It is difficult to express the emotions but those were the highest, almost like Everest ; ) .  One of the best days of our lives. Preparation, Motivation and Endurance were as well key, the route was hard, demanding but beautiful. We enjoyed a lot, all along the week.

Thanks again for your professionalism, sense of humor and credibility. Our best regards to the team and very specially to Jean-Philippe who guided us to the summit and back home perfectly well. He is a crack of the Alps !!

We hope to see you soon in another Alpine challenge ! 

Gabi & Pablo "

 

 

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Photos of the course :

 

Ice climbing school
Going up to Albert 1er hut, wiew on Le Tour glacier
The old Albert 1er hut and Le Tour glacier
Technical training on Trient glacier
Training to safety technics, in case of a fall on a snow slope
Close to Trient hut
Recreation at Trient hut
Saleina's pass
From the altitude 9,000 feet, wiew on the Aiguille du Goûter
Vallot hut, altitude 14,311 feet, the highest hut in the Mont-Blanc group
From Vallot hut, wiew on the roped parties climbing the "Arête des Bosses".
The "Arête des Bosses", with Mont-Blanc summit in the background
On top of Mont-Blanc
On top of Mont-Blanc
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