July 24-30, 2002.
The weather was sunny, warm, and stable. There was a full moon the day we started. The route is classified PD, and the main challenges were the seracs above the Mer de Glace, the steep finish of the ascent of Mont Maudit, and then again seracs at the Jonction. Standard glacier equipment was necessary but also sufficient: crampons, ice axes, and a rope. We used a Canon Digital Ixus V2 to make lots of photos and video clips - a marvel of compactness (equal in size to a pack of cigarettes), light weight (200g), functionality, and picture quality.
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The ladder down to Mer de Glace.
Early morning on the Tacul glacier.
Trail under Mont Blanc du Tacul.
Evening sun over Col du Midi.
Going up the lower part of Mont Maudit.
On the summit of Mont Blanc.
Descent route: arete des Bosses.
Roping up with Marcel and Willem.
Facing the seracs at Jonction.
Col du Midi: our tent closest to the Tacul slope.
Movie: crossing the serac zone at Jonction.