Climbing Mont Blanc

Top Tips For Climbing Mont Blanc

When you are planning to climb a mountain, whether it is in Chamonix, or anywhere else: it is important that you are as prepared as you can possibly be. This means that not only will you be able to enjoy your climb, but you can also be as safe as possible while you’re doing it. With this being the case, if you’re planning to climb Mont Blanc whilst on an adventure holiday in Chamonix this year, there are several tips that you should consider – and we have compiled some of them for you to help you out along the way.

Pack your bag carefully

Making sure that you have everything that you need in your bag is vital, and for this reason you should consider what you are packing, and how it should be packed. It is important that anything that you might need regularly, such as food and water, is accessible, whereas other items can be nearer the bottom of your bag.

Top items to include are:

  • Sleeping gear including a sleeping bag, tent, sleeping pad and rain sheet.
  • Plenty of clothing including a puffy jacket, waterproof layers, base layers (polypropylene is great for this) and socks, gloves and boots.
  • Equipment for climbing including rope, harness, technical tools and a helmet.
  • Food and equipment including a stove. Don’t forget easy to prepare breakfasts and snacks.
  • First aid kit. This is really important, as you never know when you’re going to need it.

Consider your fitness

Many people completely underestimate just how much fitness is required to climb a mountain, and as a result of this they may fail to complete the route. So although you may be good at walking in a normal environment when you add the altitude and weight from your pack that is involved in climbing Mont Blanc,  this opens up a whole world of unexpected challenges. This is why it is vital to think about fitness before you leave – you will need strength in addition to stamina, particularly in your legs and upper body. Spending plenty of time in the gym before you go is completely necessary, and you will be glad that you made the effort.

Give yourself plenty of time to complete the climb

You should always give yourself a few days more than you think you need to finish your climb. Often, there is unpredictable bad weather which means that people have to stop and wait for the conditions to improve in one of the many huts situated on the way to the summit of Mont Blanc – and it will be frustrating if you never get the chance to reach the summit knowing the weather is about to improve but you have run out of time for your trip.

Remember to break in your boots

If you are buying new boots for your climb or have not worn your mountaineering boots for some time, you need to allow yourself time to get used to them before you leave. B3 and B2 boots which are the requirements for climbing Mont Blanc are not always known for their comfort as the hard soles can make them rub quite badly, and this could cause injury if you have failed to break them in before your climb. As soon as you get your boots, wear them as much as possible so that you can get used to them. In any case it is a good idea to pack a pack of blister patches as it can save the trip if anyone in your group does develop blisters.

Provided that you take the time to prepare for your climb, you should find that you are able to enjoy the challenge and have the best possible chance of success. This means that it is more than worth taking the time to prepare, as your climb could leave you with a great sense of achievement that will last a lifetime. For comfortable Chamonix accommodation options whilst away, check out Chamonix All Year’s selection of comfortable chalets & apartments.