MONT BLANC ASCENT

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Standing at the foot of the Dome de Goutier at 0400 on the summit day. Looking up at the ribbon of head lamp lights snaking their way high up the Dome against the crystal clear jet black night sky and the glare of the Domes snow walls. It was a sight you just dont see unless high on a mountain at night. Magical! 

What did you think of your group leader?

One of the most inspirational and talented people I have ever met. Pushed us hard and gave us an amazing experience with lots of new skills being taught and learnt right from the start of the trip. Always felt safe with Herve despite ending up in situations and challenges that I am still telling people about today with a big smile on my face. He pushed our boundaries of what we thought we could do without ever compromising our safety and I am so grateful for the memories. Constantly cheery, endlessly knowledgeable after many years teaching people in the high mountains.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Quite simply, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trip and the greater your chances of success if the weather is good. Travel as light as possible up the mountains as every extra KG on your back has to be carried a long steep way. Leave all non essentials at the hotel. Make sure you have done some training carrying a rucksack with some weight in it as it will be attached to your back for days on end on some challenging terrain. Have a head for heights as some of the routes are narrow ledges high up. Enjoy it its an amazing week from start to finish.