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~ Saturday 11th July 2009

 Yes, another successful Mont Blanc ascent with 4 out of 5 clients reaching top makes it 3 out of 3 this year.

We started the week with training and acclimatising at the Albert Premier and Trient huts, climbing the Aiguille du Tour and Petite Fourche. The weather was from from ideal with a mix of rain, snow, and sunny spells - on Tuesday there was 45cm of new snow at the Gouter hut. The forecast was promising better,  so on Wednesday we headed up to the Tete Rousse hut. 

Thursday brought perfect weather - cold and clear with no wind. Some teams left at 1.30am then turned back because of the cold. We left at 4.30am, reaching Gouter at 7.00, so were in the sun for the rest of the route, reaching the top above a great inversion.

10 minutes to the top!

Summit hug!

Descending the cables below the Gouter hut