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This ascent starts in the bionnassay parking lot and follows the ascent up to Nid d’aigle. Follow the trail above the Bionnassay glacier up to the Tete Rousse refuge. Put on crampons to cross the Grand Couloir while maintaining vigilance for rock fall, which is frequent. Remove crampons and ascend the Aguille Gouter to the Gouter Refuge. Ascend To Dome d’ Gouter toward the summit ridge. Follow the ridge to the summit. Average time for this route is 2-3 days with rest at one or more of the refuges. Best to rest at the Gouter Refuge after summit day before descending 2600 meters to the Bionnassay parking area, though some try to do it all in a single push. These days most people take the lift up but starting in Bionnassay is the original way summitted in 1786. This route is historically regarded as the beginning of mountaineering.

FA: jacques Balmat & Michel Paccard


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