After 5 nights in huts above 3000m the team had a welcome recovery night in the Monte Rosa Hut, before the leisurely walk out to the train at Rotenboden, via the ever moving dry glacier beneath the hut and the gentle traverse path to the station observing marmottes and wild Alpine flowers.
The forecast in Chamonix was going to deteriorate from Wednesday afternoon so the chances of reaching Mont Blanc summit were at their best on Tuesday. The clients were well acclimatised after their week and so we est to task from the first lift from Aiguille du Midi. The track over Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit and onto the summit of Mont Blanc were in perfect condition and we all made the summit before the descent to the Gouter hut, where it snowed overnight. The summit of Mont Blanc was windless and clear in all directions, a real pleasure to be there and the decision to go for it straight from Zermatt justified.
The descent to the train from the Gouter hut after breakfast this morning allowed a quiet crossing of the Grand Couloir and an amazing sense of achievement for both clients and guides on a 9 day trip summiting over a dozen 4000m peaks including the highest 2 in the Alps. Poorer weather forecast for the next few days, but staying cold high up so conditions should soon get back to those we have had until this afternoon.