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Mont Blanc - Italian Pope (normal) Route PD+

Route:

Italian Pope route (Aiguilles Grises) -  Mont Blanc - Courmayeur - Italy

Category:

Mountaineering

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Route description:

A long but magnificent expedition on the wild side of Mont Blanc, more serious and committing than the Gouter route, the route starts from valley level and involves over 3000m of ascent.

With no lift access, this is a physically demanding way to ascend Mont Blanc. No crowds and with a wild and remote feeling, you will need good crampon skills for the airy snow aretes on the ridge before the Dome du Gouter.

Descending the Gouter route provides a fine traverse of the mountain.

Required experience/skill level:

Intermediate – good crampons skills, fitness and acclimatisation required.

Length (in metres):

1760m from the Gondola refuge

Time/duration:

1 – 2 days, plus acclimatisation.

The route will generally take around 6 - 8 hours from the Gondola refuge.

Starting point/base:

From Chamonix, through the Mont Blanc tunnel and then from Courmayeur up Val Veny. Then a 5-6 hour walk to Gonella refuge.

Maximum guide ratio:

1:2

Normal season:

June - September. Early season is normally best to ensure good snow cover on the Dome Glacier.

Links/ featured courses:

Private Guiding

Read our blog of our 2016 ascent: Mont Blanc Italian Style

Lifts/huts etc:

Comments/notes:

This is a long and physically demanding climb from the valley floor (no lifts) but you will be rewarded by the route being relatively quiet compared with the Gouter route for instance. Good fitness and crampon skills required.

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Last lift accessed ski tour of (my) season from Contamines yesterday.

Plenty of folk out enjoying the good conditions on the classics.

A weeks holiday away from the mountains now. Rest time before the @trofeomezzalama race at the end of the month.

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A big couple of days on the wild Miage glacier taking advantage of the great spring ski touring conditions.

Up Mont Tondu and then today over the Miage after a night in the Conscrits refuge. Which served a vegetarian meal to the whole hut last night, meaning it’s now my favourite refuge. 🌱

Over 3500m of ascent and some very good snow on the way down.

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Off the beaten track in the Aiguille Rouge today.

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Updated the Iran Ski Touring Photo Gallery today. Video on it's way.... #ski
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Well the express Haute Route didn’t exactly go to Plan. A meter of fresh snow at altitude put paid to that.

We headed south and spent a great couple of days around the Mont Thabor area. Nice hut, quiet and loads of good skiing. Despite the cloud.

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