It’s been a while …

Under the Aiguille du Midi, Alps, France

Under the Aiguille du Midi, Alps, France

© 2011 – philip vergeylen – all rights reserved

… since I posted on my blog, but I’m recovering from some serious health problems. Today, I finally found the energy to post a new photo. Thank you for being patient and bearing with me.

The Aiguille du Midi (3 842 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. The name ‘Aiguille du Midi’ translates literally as ‘Needle of the South’. It is said to be so called because of its position due south of Chamonix.
The summit can be reached from Chamonix by a cable car, the ‘Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi’. This cable car holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1 035 m to 3 777 m. There are two sections: from Chamonix to Plan de l’Aiguille at 2 317 m and then directly, without any support pillar, to the upper station at 3 777 m.

When you descend the ridge at the back of the Aiguille du Midi, you enter the Vallée Blanche (White Valley). Our goal was to camp in the Vallée Blanche during one week, but the weather had other plans with us.

The second evening, during diner at the nearby Cosmiques Refuge, the weather forecast was so bad that we decided to spend the night in the refuge.
The next morning we headed back to our camp, only to find out that the camp was gone. We had to dig in the snow to find back our tents that were all demolished by the weight of the snow.

We stayed in the Cosmiques Refuge for the rest of the week, but this time without electricity, heating or running water, because the storm also destroyed the power line to the refuge. The Cosmiques Refuge is the starting point for one of the routes to the Mont Blanc summit.

Philip.

11 thoughts on “It’s been a while …

  1. Sorry to hear about serious health problems but glad you are recovering.

    Looks like a tremendous amount of snow. Very glad you had a refuge, albeit a primitive one. I bet a hot shower and fresh clean socks never felt so good as they did afterward. Terrific photo.

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