Our second trip up Mont Blanc this season was a complete success, with all four of our climbers reaching the top on Friday (15th June).
Conditions really were excellent, with good snow in the grand couloir, up the ridge to the Gouter hut and then up to the summit. Many people were taking advantage of these early season conditions, and both huts were completely full on both of our nights.
We were also very fortunate with the weather, and timed both of our summit days (by chance) for the best weather of the week. The Grand Paradiso was cloudy, but the previous day had seen a lot of thunderstorm activity, and the day after was stormy, and no one summited.
Mont Blanc was warm, and the wind was light. We hung out at the summit for about an hour, the longest ever for me, as the weather was so good, and we had only to descend to the Gouter refuge for the night.
Before the photos – a quick plug for our September Mont Blanc trip, which still has spaces and takes advantage of the quieter end of season huts and mountain.