|Misha gearing up at the car.|
Being picked up by Misha at 12.50am to start our adventure was quite hard hitting. A quick drive to pick Tibbetts up and then we headed over to Contamines where we drove to the last car park up the valley, geared up and left around 2.15. In the dark we hiked up to the Tre La Tete hut in just over an hour.
|Way to early for hiking in ski boots.|
We then had to walk a small section before reaching the Glacier. It felt great to be on the snow after walking up the dirt trail in my Scarpa Aliens.
|Misha and myself on the glacier.|
|A light breakfast for Ben.|
Once here it was a long mellow skin up to the Col du Miage. It felt good to be skinning as this meant we could control our pace a lot easier, and could switch the brains off for a while as we shuffled our way up the Glacier. As the sun started to rise we could see some clouds starting to build on the mountains next to us, which made us think about what lay ahead and whether we might have to bail. However reaching the Col du Domes we discovered that the wind wasn't as bad as we first thought and the sky was looking as clear as the choice to continue on.
|Misha & Ben.|
|Let the boot pack commence.|
From now on the skis were on our backs and until the summit of Mont Blanc we'd be on foot. The wind was having an amazing party on top of Mont Blanc, it looked super hectic up there, everywhere else though was sunny and bright. Apart from the occasional gusts that would pick up and make you cold, this was a good day. We made our way over to the Durier hut, where we relaxed for a bit and refuelled.
|Ben heading off along our first ridge.|
|Myself & Misha.|
|Misha on one of the many slomps.|
|Me rock climbing on the Bionassay.|
|Me walking along the slopes after the summit.|
|Looking back up from my landing zone.|
|My quicker variation off the mountain.|
|My last tracks.|
|One of the rescue while we waited for Ben and Misha to be lifted.|
|Ben approaching the Durier hut. Awesome day!|