Climbing Mont Blanc

During the night of 13 and 14 August, there was another storm. The Aiguille du Goûter was plastered with snow and ice. This had both negative and positive consequences for our descent on Saturday morning, 14 August 2004: climbing down the steep rocky face of the Aiguille du Goûter was a long slow process while we cautiously inched our way across icy rocks. A significant plus, however, was that because the Grand Couloir was frozen, no rocks were gun-barrelling down its slopes and we were able to cross the couloir in comparative safety. This photo of the Aiguille du Goûter was taken when we finally stopped at 11:55 am for a rest after our descent.