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A return to the Mont Blanc Massif in August and September 2015 provided a fabulous opportunity to meet up with some good friends, go climbing, do some long days running in the mountains, and of course, make some new images......

 

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A run up to the Albert Premiere Hut in deteriorating weather was my first trip out, and the Glacier du Tour shows its scale...

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 A train to Le Buet and a run up to the summit of Mont Buet was a really special and memorable day....

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 Le Petit Dru from le Buet

 

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 L'Aiguille Verte, le Dru et les Grandes Jorasses from Mont Buet

 

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 Above and below ~ Mont Blanc from Mont Buet

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Then a hike up the Mer de Glace to meet with some friends at the Envers, and a chilly bivouac thrown in.....

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 Above and below ~ evening light over l'Aiguille du Moine

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Another long day in running shoes with a light pack took me up to the beautiful Lac Blanc..... great views across to les Drus and the Aiguille Verte...

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Telephoto of Mont Dolent at the head of the Argentiere glacier basin.....

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Telephoto of the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses....

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A few days later we set off for an attempt to climb l'Aiguille Verte, a beautiful but serious mountain standing high above the Chamonix Valley. A few hours hike up the Mer de Glace to a bivouac near the Couvercle Refuge, then a few images as the sun began to set....

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We left our bivouac at 2am, stashing our sleeping bags and spare food under some boulders in the hope that the marmots wouldn't find them, then a few hours glacier approach towards the Moine Ridge of l'Aiguille Verte. We were treated to a fabulous sunrise over Les Grandes Jorasses and le Mont Blanc...

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After climbing until about 3pm on pretty poor rock, and making slow progress, we reluctantly gave up at about 4000 metres with the summit tantalisingly close.... still our high point gave us spectaclular views over the Massif du Mont Blanc....

 

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After a long descent and an interminable series of abseils, and a long stagger back down the glacier, we eventually located our bivouac site around midnight, so the next morning we dozed until late, allowing the sun and the breeze to caress our aching limbs...

 

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With time running out before flying back to the UK, we took the cablecar up to the Aiguille du Midi for an overnight camp on the Col du Midi, before my friends climbed an ice route on Mont Blanc du Tacul the next day. A few images of the sunset and the sunrise from our camp....

 

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A few more general images from around the Chamonix Valley....

 

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