3 of us (early, but fit, mid 40s with good walking and some positive winter experience are looking at doing Mont Blanc next year, 2009. This year we are doing a winter overnight route in the Cairngorms, North East Ridge, Angel’s Peak and in early summer looking at doing Mulhacen, Spain’s highest point.
What I would like your advice on is in doing Mont Blanc, could you offer us a personal winter introduction, safety skill course, say 3 or 4 days in Scotland, and also would it be worth providing us with a guide during the ascent next year.
I have done a winter course myself, some years back, but my 2 friends are new to it, but are very keen.
We did an over night on the summit of Ben Nevis last winter but I don’t know if to get some basic training and then do Mont Blanc on our own, or to arrange a guide.
I look forward to hearing from you.
A good Scottish winter training course would be very useful towards the Alps. You could also include an overnight if you wish, but it would be more important to get the axe, crampon and rope skills sorted first. After doing the Scottish course we would know better if you were ready for Mt Blanc. Please keep in touch with any more questions you might have. I have attached both a Scottish and Alpine kit list for your information.