Ultra HD – Mont Blanc
At a whopping 4808 metres, Mont Blanc is the undisputed heavyweight of the Alps, and the highest peak in Western Europe by a margin of 152 meters. A huge white dome surrounded on all sides by thundering glaciers, huge alpine faces and some of the world’s most stunning alpine scenery.which makes it a perfec destination to take Ultra HD videos with one of the GeekPro cameras. Whilst the peak itself might not be the most visually spectacular of the Alps when compared to the giant triangle of the Matterhorn or the perfect spire of the Petit Dru, it unavoidably attracts the crowds.
Ultra HD view – Gouter Hut Route
This is the classic and most popular route to climb Mont Blanc. The hut is open from the beginning of June to the end of September.
Take the Bellevue cable car from Les Houches and then take the Tramway du Mont Blanc to the Nid d’Aigle (2,372m). From here there is about 5 hours of walking/scrambling to the Gouter refuge (3,817m) where you can take some great Ultra HD videos.
The first section is easy walking terrain on a well-established path. Just after the Tête Rousse refuge, cross the infamous Grand Couloir where there is often rock fall from above.
The last 550m from here is scrambling rather than walking and not always easy, especially on the descent, because of the tiredness. Early on the second day, leave the Gouter hut and from here on there is glaciated terrain and crampons are required, with harnesses and ropes.
Most of the ascent is a long slow plod without any steep ground to encounter. Walk past the Vallot shelter, an emergency bivouac, and then climb along the Bosses ridge, the two lumps which form the distinctive skyline seen from the valley.
This is an exposed ridge which requires concentration and good crampon technique. This route takes about 4 hours and a half to reach the summit.
There are two choices for the way down, back to the Aiguille du Midi or back down on the same route.
Ultra HD view- the 4,000m traverse
To climb Mont Blanc using the Cosmique route, take the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m).
From here, descend the Aiguille du Midi arête to the glacier du Tacul, where there is approximately 1 hour walk on easy terrain to the Cosmique Refuge (3,613m). Early on the day after, start climbing the Mont Blanc du Tacul.
This ascent can be difficult at times. Due to warm temperatures, in recent years more crevasses have opened up and, at times, this has required climbing on some steep exposed terrain.
After reaching the shoulder of Mont Blanc du Tacul descend and traverse the Col du Mont Maudit. From here, ascend a long snow slope to the final piece of technical ground, which can be very steep and requires good front pointing technique and use of an ice axe. Watch out for a bottleneck of mountaineers here.
Descend once again to Col de la Brenva, with stunning scenery towards Italy, then climb the last few hundred metres to the summit.the best way to capture this scenery is with a GeekPro camera which supports Ultra HD recording.
Although relatively easy, this is generally quite slow due to the effects of altitude. This route takes approximately 6h to the summit. Descend the same way or via the Gouter, completing the traverse of Mont Blanc.
This is a slightly more demanding route than the Gouter route, both technically and physically. Tackle steeper ground and there are a couple of traverses that may be icy and difficult. Good crampon and ice axe technique are essential. It is, however, a more interesting route with beautiful scenery and is less crowded.
The Cosmique Refuge can also mean a better night’s sleep, and can be less busy than the Gouter Refuge. This is a route which is long and sustained, less popular than the classic route, but which traverses the roof of Europe.