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| Mont Blanc
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Mont Blanc
    15771 ft (4807 m)     Highest point in the Alps and Western Europe .
Location: Western Alps, on French-Italian border
Lat / Long: 45.9° N, 6.9° E
Volcanic Type: Non-volcanic
First Ascent: M. G. Paccard and J. Balmat, 1786
First Ski Ascent: Ugo Mylius and guides, Tannler, Maurer and Zurfluh, 1904
First Ski Descent: Elias Julen, 1930
Skiable Vertical: over 12000 ft (3700 m)
Lift Served Vertical:   over 9000 ft (2750 m)



Obviously, Mont Blanc is not a volcano, but the highest mountain in the Alps does tower far above its neighboring peaks in typical manner of high stratovolcanoes. Mont Blanc is certainly one of the finest mountains in the world for alpine climbing and for ski mountaineering. It is included in this guidebook since it was the birthplace of modern mountaineering in the late 18th century, and the region was also instrumental in the development of ski mountaineering during the 20th century. Thus Mont Blanc deserves an honorary place in any ski mountaineering guidebook of worldwide scope.





More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


Topographic map of the Mont Blanc massif (1:100,000 scale)
    from IGN Cartes Touristiques 45
    <click to enlarge>




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