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Alps 2009

The Vallee Blanche glacier

The Vallee Blanche glacier

The Mont Blanc Tramway

The Mont Blanc Tramway

Glacier de Tete Rousse

Glacier de Tete Rousse

The approach to the Tete Rousse Refuge (3187m) over the small Tete Rousse glacier
Le Grand Couloir

Le Grand Couloir

The dangerous crossing of the Grand Couloir requires speed and good timing to avoid the rocks that fall, it's about 60m from one side to the other.
The Aiguille de Bionassay

The Aiguille de Bionassay

The view of the Aiguille de Bionassay to the south dominates the climb up to the Gouter refuge.
The climb to the Gouter Refuge

The climb to the Gouter Refuge

The steep climb to the Gouter refuge,
Sunset from the Gouter Refuge

Sunset from the Gouter Refuge

The view from the gantry of the Refuge de l'Aiguille du Gouter (3817m) as the sun sets is spectacular.
Leaving the Valot Hut

Leaving the Valot Hut

After climbing through the dark to the Valot Hut (4362m) the welcome sunrise spurs on the climbers towards the summit.
The final push for the summit

The final push for the summit

Leaving the Valot Hut for the summit
From the Valot Hut towards the summit

From the Valot Hut towards the summit

On a good day many climbers attempt to gain the summit up the most popular "Gouter Route"
Mont Blanc  (4810m)

Mont Blanc (4810m)

The view from the Col du Dome towards the summit, with the Valot Hut on the rocky outcrop and the Bosses ridge on the skyline.
The Aiguille de Bionassay

The Aiguille de Bionassay

The Aiguille de Bionassay (4052m) from somewhere on the glacier between the Dome du Gouter and the Auguille du Gouter
The Auguille du Gouter

The Auguille du Gouter

The Auguille du Gouter (3863m) from the slopes of the Dome du Gouter. The route back to the refuge can be seen along the edge of the snow. Its's about 1Km from here back to the hut.
The Glacier des Bossons

The Glacier des Bossons

The Glacier des Bossons starts here, near the summit of the Dome du Gouter and falls about 3000m down the mountain it then exits into the valley just above Chamonix.
Sunset from the Tete Rouse refuge

Sunset from the Tete Rouse refuge

High mountain sunsets are always the best!!
The Grand Couloir

The Grand Couloir

A view of the Grand Couloir from the Tete Rousse refuge, the crossing point is the line of light coloured snow half way down, the Gouter Refuge is on the skyline
The second wave

The second wave

During good weather in the summer a constant stream of climbers attempt to summit Mont Blanc via the Gouter Route.
The Summiteer

The Summiteer

Despite being called the tourist route and regarded as easy, anyone who summits will need to be very fit and determined. Its a very long day to the top and back again and success will only come to those who are both mentally and physically tough..........well done Nige....