After Mont Blanc
After enjoying a successful ascent of Mont Blanc, many mountaineers ask ‘where to next in my climbing career?'
Mont Blanc, being the highest mountain in the Alps attracts many thousands of climbers each year. Indeed the mountain is a worthy goal, it is both a challenging and ascetic peak, and ‘ticking the box’ is very satisfying. However, the outdoor wonderland we call the Alps offers endless further opportunities to the mountaineer, which are less obvious but every bit as worthwhile as Mont Blanc. Your next step to explore the Alps gives the opportunity to visit idyllic, unspoilt areas. Many peaks see very few visitors, so climbing is often in pristine environments and the refuges are small and homely.
Here are a few suggestions of ‘what to do after Mont Blanc’:
Oberland 4000ers: This extensive massif, situated in central Switzerland is home of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Huge glaciers, with protruding rocky summits dominate the landscape. There are many classic 4000ers meter peaks to choose from, all are quiet and remote.
Matterhorn: Needing little introduction, the Matterhorn is a definitive ‘big tick’. A magnificent challenge, but (warning) you are unlikely to find solitude!
Saas 4000ers: There are no less than eighteen 4000m peaks surrounding this area in central Switzerland. Most of the peaks can be ascended without encountering great technical difficulty. This makes Saas the perfect destination for the non-technical climber.
Monterosa 4000ers: Situated on the Swiss Italian border, this spectacular area is the second-highest massif in the Alps. With 22 peaks higher than 4,000 meters, there is an abundance of classic mountaineering objectives. The area is heavily glaciated so most of the climbing is on snow and ice.
Technical Ascents: For those wishing to up their game, we recommend a specialist course to improve climbing skills on both rock and ice. Typical climbs include the impressive rock needle Dent de Geant and the steep ice of the Chere couloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul.
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