Chamonix Success and Failure

Salle a Manger: Arete de Rochefort with the famous cornice
This was my second time climbing in the Mont Blanc region. Two years ago Claus-Dieter and I had climbed Mont Blanc and vowed to come back. Since both of us didn't really have time to do a lot of planning beforehand, we arrived with a pretty lose schedule and just some ideas. This fact, combined with the rather interesting weather during our stay, made for a much different outing. At the end, we had spend nearly two days trapped in a hut on the mountain because an August blizzard was preventing the gondolas down to Chamonix from running. We had also made a questionable decision to change huts during a pretty bad morning thunderstorm.

Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter on the SE ridge of Tour Ronde
Despite these circumstances, we managed to climb Tour Ronde (3792 m) from which we had great views at Mont Blanc's Peuterey pillar. We had a very late start (close to noon!) when most people were coming down already. Because of this we got the summit to ourselves but really had to hurry to get down before nightfall.

On the following day we climbed to Salle a Manger just below Dent du Geant (4013 m) to get a view at the Arete de Rochefort with its famous cornice. The climb along the ridge to the Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m) and even further to the summit of Grandes Jorasses (4184 m) is a classic climb in the Mont Blanc reagion. However, because of the strong winds and the advanced time we did not try the ridge.

Tour Ronde: Aiguille Verte (4122 m) at sunset

Salle a Manger: Dent du Geant, Aiguille Verte, Grandes Jorasses (4110 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), and Arete de Rochefort

Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge

  • Jul 31, 2007
  • Tour Ronde
  •    with Claus-Dieter
Tour Ronde: leaving Aiguille du Midi gondola station; Grandes Jorasses (4184 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), and Dent du Geant (4013 m)
Tour Ronde: leaving Aiguille du Midi gondola station; Grandes Jorasses (4184 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), and Dent du Geant (4013 m)
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter
Tour Ronde: gondolas above Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: gondolas above Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant with Aiguille Verte (4122 m)
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant with Aiguille Verte (4122 m)
Tour Ronde: creavsse on the Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: creavsse on the Glacier du Geant
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant with Aiguille du Midi (3842 m), Aiguille du Plan (3673 m), Aiguille Verte (4122 m), and Dent du Geant (4013 m)
Tour Ronde: Glacier du Geant with Aiguille du Midi (3842 m), Aiguille du Plan (3673 m), Aiguille Verte (4122 m), and Dent du Geant (4013 m)
Tour Ronde: north side of Tour Ronde with climbers ascending the steep snow field to gain the ridge
Tour Ronde: north side of Tour Ronde with climbers ascending the steep snow field to gain the ridge
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter on the SE ridge of Tour Ronde
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter on the SE ridge of Tour Ronde
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter on the SE ridge of Tour Ronde
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter on the SE ridge of Tour Ronde
Tour Ronde: summit of Tour Ronde
Tour Ronde: summit of Tour Ronde
Tour Ronde: Col de Peuterey and Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Tour Ronde: Col de Peuterey and Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Tour Ronde: Col de Peuterey and Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Tour Ronde: Col de Peuterey and Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Tour Ronde: looking east from the summit of Tour Ronde: Dent du Geant (4013 m), Matterhorn (4478 m), and southern Wallis group
Tour Ronde: looking east from the summit of Tour Ronde: Dent du Geant (4013 m), Matterhorn (4478 m), and southern Wallis group
Tour Ronde: on the descent
Tour Ronde: on the descent
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter descending the steep snow field
Tour Ronde: Claus-Dieter descending the steep snow field
Tour Ronde: Aiguille Verte (4122 m)
Tour Ronde: Aiguille Verte (4122 m)
Tour Ronde: Aiguille Verte (4122 m) at sunset
Tour Ronde: Aiguille Verte (4122 m) at sunset
Tour Ronde: Dent du Geant (4013 m) at sunset
Tour Ronde: Dent du Geant (4013 m) at sunset
Tour Ronde: looking over the Mer de Glace with Aiguille Verte (4122 m)
Tour Ronde: looking over the Mer de Glace with Aiguille Verte (4122 m)
  • Aug 01, 2007
  • Salle a Manger
  •    with Claus-Dieter
Salle a Manger: Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Salle a Manger: Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Salle a Manger: Mont Blanc (4810 m) and Glacier du Geant
Salle a Manger: Mont Blanc (4810 m) and Glacier du Geant
Salle a Manger: climbers on Dent du Geant (4013 m) seen from Salle a Manger
Salle a Manger: climbers on Dent du Geant (4013 m) seen from Salle a Manger
Salle a Manger: Aiguille du Midi (3842 m), Glacier du geant, and Dent du Geant (4013 m) seen from Salle a Manger
Salle a Manger: Aiguille du Midi (3842 m), Glacier du geant, and Dent du Geant (4013 m) seen from Salle a Manger
Salle a Manger: Arete de Rochefort with the famous cornice
Salle a Manger: Arete de Rochefort with the famous cornice
Salle a Manger: Arete de Rochefort with the famous cornice
Salle a Manger: Arete de Rochefort with the famous cornice
Salle a Manger: Arete de Rochefort with the famous cornice
Salle a Manger: Arete de Rochefort with the famous cornice
Salle a Manger: Dent du Geant, Aiguille Verte, Grandes Jorasses (4110 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), and Arete de Rochefort
Salle a Manger: Dent du Geant, Aiguille Verte, Grandes Jorasses (4110 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), and Arete de Rochefort
Salle a Manger: climbers on the descent to the Glacier du Geant
Salle a Manger: climbers on the descent to the Glacier du Geant
Salle a Manger: climbers on the descent to the Glacier du Geant
Salle a Manger: climbers on the descent to the Glacier du Geant
  • Aug 02, 2007
  • Glacier du Geant
  •    with Claus-Dieter
Glacier du Geant: weather worsening
Glacier du Geant: weather worsening
Glacier du Geant: after the thunderstorm passed
Glacier du Geant: after the thunderstorm passed
  • Aug 03, 2007
  • Aiguille du Midi
  •    with Claus-Dieter
Aiguille du Midi: stuck in a whiteout on Col du Midi
Aiguille du Midi: stuck in a whiteout on Col du Midi
Aiguille du Midi: clouds are clearing out on Col du Midi with Mont Blanc appearing
Aiguille du Midi: clouds are clearing out on Col du Midi with Mont Blanc appearing
Aiguille du Midi: on the ridge just before entering the gondola station of Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi: on the ridge just before entering the gondola station of Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Midi (Cosmiques ridge), Refuge des Cosmiques, Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Midi (Cosmiques ridge), Refuge des Cosmiques, Mont Blanc (4810 m)
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Midi (Cosmiques ridge), Refuge des Cosmiques
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Midi (Cosmiques ridge), Refuge des Cosmiques
Aiguille du Midi: Grandes Jorasses (4184 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), and Dent du Geant (4013 m)
Aiguille du Midi: Grandes Jorasses (4184 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), and Dent du Geant (4013 m)
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge, Grandes Jorasses (4184 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), Dent du Geant (4013 m), Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248 m), Mont Maudit (4465 m), Mont Blanc (4810 m), and Refuge des Cosmiques
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge, Grandes Jorasses (4184 m), Aiguille du Rochefort (4001 m), Dent du Geant (4013 m), Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248 m), Mont Maudit (4465 m), Mont Blanc (4810 m), and Refuge des Cosmiques
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Aiguille du Plan (3673 m) with Midi Plan ridge
Aiguille du Midi: Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248 m), Mont Maudit (4465 m), Mont Blanc (4810 m), and Refuge des Cosmiques
Aiguille du Midi: Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248 m), Mont Maudit (4465 m), Mont Blanc (4810 m), and Refuge des Cosmiques
Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi