Highlights of Mount Blanc in bad weather

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The gondola up to the Aguille de Midi. The views were spectacular. But these were on our own.

What did you think of your group leader?

Not the appropriate leader for non-climbers (which he is). I don't know how flexible the trip was, but the weather (the week that paris had its floods) dampened everything. The free day should have been switched with another day, for it had the best weather. Our guide went climbing with friends. I had asked our guide, as I couldn't hike, as to whether there were any drop off points that I could return from by myself. The opportunity to go to Italy was sprung on me as the group left. I couldn't manage that fast; I found that irritating.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Pick a season of least rain.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The hotel was very nice. It is a ski lodge. We were all shocked that there was no soap. We all depleted the Chamonix stock of "expensive" soap. The food was excellent. The couple running the hotel were nice. I wasn't sure whether they were just hotel managers or more. The lounge was great for the occasional person who couldn't hike. The TV was hooked up to anything. A fire in the fireplace would have been nice. It's so difficult to assess a trip when weather was responsible for its lack of success.