June 30, 2011

Impressions from Mont Blanc


T-Con Connelly

It's not everyday that I'm as wrong as I was yesterday. When Jen, Ross and I left the Cosmiques Hut yesterday for the summit of Mt. Blanc, sweet Mother Nature had just dumped a bunch of snow on the mountain and the wind and rain were still hammering. No one else was on the route and we were punching a slow and heavy track up the Tacul. I told my group there was 100% NO WAY we were going to summit the mountain, and I gave them the option of turning around and trying something smaller. They refused and opted to continue walking.

As we climbed, the snow got firmer and the skies cleared. By 7:30 am, we were on top of the Tacul under perfectly clear skies. It was getting late at this point so we decided that only the fastest members of the group could continue up. Everyone seemed fine with this decision and after a lengthy guide discussion that culminated in a vicious game of odds and evens, Jen and Ross continued up with their speedy group of four and I turned around with a group of two.

At 1:30 in the afternoon, the summit team reached the top and began their descent to the Tete Rousse Hut. It was a huge day and an awesome effort!


A team of climbers below the Tacul.


Leaving the summit of Mont. Blanc.


George and myself on the summit of Mt. Blanc a few days earlier.


Working through the Tacul on yesterdays climb.


Cool early morning light.


Like watching grass grow...


A step by step account of the ascent.


Ross displaying excellent team leadership.


Evening at the Cosmiques Hut.

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