Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mighty Mont Blanc - Atop Aiguille Du Midi & Down From Plan De L'Aiguille

To stand within striking distance of the mighty Mont Blanc from Aiguille Du Midi was a humbling experience. Growing up, I can recollect the mountain range for its notoriety related to the two Air-India crashes plus the many devastating avalanches and climbing fatalities, so standing close to the behemoth was kinda scary. 

Chamonix Needles

At 4810m it clearly bestrode the European alps like a colossus and our feet were burning to get on a trail. The plan was to break the cable descent at Plan de L'Aiguille and walk the rest of the way down - One of the popular trails in that area with great views of Glacier des Bossoms. Intermittent stop at Lac Blue made a great teaser!

The walk, although with significant descent, was perfectly scenic and pleasurable - even time to exchange flowers ;) No famous chamonix mountain goats crossed our paths but plenty of poopy evidence!

We wondered what it would be like to summit the Mont Blanc with so many tour companies offering to guide those without any prior experience. Of course, we weren't even close to being physically fit enough to climb at that altitude but sounds like there's another issue - Why is Mont Blanc the world's deadliest mountain