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Mont Blanc Range Rock Climbing 

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Considered by many to be the birthplace of modern mountaineering, the Mont Blanc range continues to be "the" destination for alpine climbing in all of Europe. A who's who list of 20th century alpinists all cut their teeth on these famous mountains, from Messner to Bonnigton, Cassin, Rebuffat, to more recent stars such as Andy Parkin, Twight, Profit, Berthaud, Damilano, etc. Rebuffat however takes most of the credit for making this a popular destination, first with his mountaineering movies and then by the publication of "The Mont Blanc Massif: The 100 Finest Routes" in 1973. Part coffee table book, part guide book, this publication has probably done the most to initiate alpine careers and dreams. The routes listed in the book were organized from easiest to hardest and provided a measured introduction into alpine climbing from rock to snow and ice. A modern version of this book is "Mont Blanc: les plus belles courses" by Philippe Batoux, published in 2012. While not available in English, this modern version follows the same approach of listing routes from easiest to most difficult. Some routes from Rebuffat's list are included, but many are new classics and at times safer outings as some of the old Rebuffat routes are not longer safe due to the ever changing nature of glaciers and seracs in the area.

Getting There 

Chamonix is the gateway to the Mont Blanc range from the French side. The small town of Argentiere, 8km north provides additional access to the northern parts of the range. On the Italian side Courmayeur is the primary point of access to the range.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.6 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mont Blanc Range

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mont Blanc Range:
Goulotte Chéré    AI4     Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1150'   Vallée Blanche Basin
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi   AI3 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3950'   Aiguilles de Chamonix (Plan...
Tour Ronde North Face   AI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1150'   Vallée Blanche Basin
Arête des Bosses / Goûter Route   PG13     Alpine, Grade III   Vallée Blanche Basin
Cosmiques Arête   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 M4     Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Vallée Blanche Basin
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Featured Route For Mont Blanc Range
Rock Climbing Photo: The North Face of Les Courtes. The Swiss route goe...

Swiss Route - North Face of Les Courtes AI3-4  Europe : France : ... : Argentière Basin
Before the development of modern ice climbing equipment, this was considered one of the most difficult North Faces in the Alps and was number 94 in Rebuffat's list of the 100 best routes in Mont Blanc, these days it is frequently soloed in a few hours by those competent and comfortable with the alpine exposure. Either way it is still one "the" classics and highly recommended.Cross the bergschrund on the North Face proper and climb the first third of the face straight up to where the couloir nar...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Mont Blanc
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Trois Monts route: from left to right Mt Blanc du ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Maudit and Mt Blanc
Mt Maudit and Mt Blanc
Rock Climbing Photo: Aiguille du Midi and refuge des Cosmiques as seen ...
Aiguille du Midi and refuge des Cosmiques as seen ...

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