Mont Blanc -- Refuge de l'Aiguille du Goûter

Climb to Aig. du GoûterMonday morning brought perfect weather. It took about three hours to climb to Refuge de l'Aiguille du Goûter. It was mostly rock scrambling, but required crampons in a few places due to the melting and re-freezing of autumn snows. Security cables were fixed in the more difficult and exposed sections.

Along the way, we met up with an Australian guy named Trevor. He worked in Prague as an accountant and was on vacation attempting a solo ascent. We considered asking him to join us on our rope, but reconsidered when we found out that this was his first time on crampons. We never did find out if he made the summit.

Refuge Aig. du GoûterThe refuge was equipped to handle 150 climbers, but has been known to house up to 300 climbers in the peak of climbing season. There were probably 100 or so up there with us including a French Army contingent.

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