We’ve had a busy and fun three days in the Alps. We spent the first morning sorting gear and loading packs in Chamonix. After a short drive, we began the two-hour hike to the Refuge Albert Premier, a newly refurbished hut above the Glacier du Tour. We spent the afternoon reviewing crampon use and relaxing.
At 5am the next morning we left the Refuge Albert Premier and climbed the Glacier du Tour to the Petite Fourche, a 11,500-foot peak between the Glacier du Tour and the Plateau du Trient Glacier. The Fourche’s exposed rock summit got our adrenaline pumping!
To reach the Plateau du Trient Glacier we lowered on ropes down a 55-degree ice face and over a bergschrund (the top crevasse on a glacier). After a hot and long trudge across the Glacier, we spent the afternoon relaxing at the Cabane du Trient hut in Switzerland. That evening we knocked back a few vinos and genepy’s and slept off the jet-lag and the big day of mountaineering.
This morning we left the hut at 5:30am and climbed the Aiguille du Tour, a rocky summit with dramatic views into France and Switzerland. We descended glacier and moraine back to the Refuge Albert Premier and returned to Chamonix.
Tomorrow we head to the Gran Paradiso, the highest summit in Italy. We hoped to climb Mont Blanc, but the heat wave has made rock fall on the Gouter route too risky. The Paradiso is a great alternative that everyone enjoys
Thanks for a great time so far everyone!
Here’s Mountain Guide Forest McBrian reviewing crampon use on the Glacier du Tour below the Refuge Albert Premier, where we stayed the first night.
Climbing up the Glacier du Tour early on the second morning.
Climbing the Plateau du Trient Glacier to the Aiguille du Tour, our second peak of the trip.
Scrambling rock near the summit of Aiguille du Tour at 11,600 feet.