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jackill
2010-03-29 00:03:49
Mont Blanc
Hi Tiernan, Two friends and I had much the same idea as you in 2008.Ultimately we were beaten back at 4000 meters by a meter of fresh snow from Italy. The most difficult part of high Alpine climbing/walking (apart from the ice, crevasses,snow,cold) is the effect of altitude on your ability to walk.10 kms with 500 meters climb will seem lungbusting.This combined with using crampons on continuous ice is very draining.Also acclimatisation often involves high treks and sleeping in mountain huts in rooms with 20 others in the same room.You will probably have 3 days acclimatising before the actual climb and I would advise you to conserve energy as much as possible on these days, you will need it all later.In 2008 some of our party felt so exhausted after acclimatisation they were not going to attempt Mont Blanc! All in all though I think regular Hillwalking for distances of 15kms plus 6/700 meters climbs are a must, you should be out every weekend and training(perhaps an hour in the gym?) 2 nights per week.You can work up to this and if you have a level of fitness already(what was your time on Galtybeg/Galtymore circit, was this on the black road?) it will be an enormous help.What you don't want to do is struggle from the first day,.If you would like talk about it some more re: gear/guides etc. feel free to drop me a line jackill@mountainviews.ie
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