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Le Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
(pronounced [mɔ̃ blɑ̃]; Italian: Monte Bianco [ˈmonte ˈbjaŋko]), meaning "White Mountain", is the highest mountain in the Alps
Alps
and the highest in Europe
Europe
west of Russia’s Caucasus
Caucasus
peaks.[note 2] It rises 4,808.7 m (15,777 ft)[1][2] above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence.[3] The mountain stands in a range called the Graian Alps, between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Savoie
Savoie
and Haute-Savoie, France. The location of the summit is on the watershed line between the valleys of Ferret and Veny in Italy
Italy
and the valleys of Montjoie, and Arve
Arve
in France. The Mont Blanc massif
Mont Blanc massif
is popular for hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. The three towns and their communes which surround Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
are Courmayeur
Courmayeur
in Aosta Valley, Italy; and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
and Chamonix
Chamonix
in Haute-Savoie, France. The latter town was the site of the first Winter Olympics. A cable car ascends and crosses the mountain range from Courmayeur
Courmayeur
to Chamonix, through the Col du Géant. The 11-km (7¼-mi) Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Tunnel, constructed between 1957 and 1965, runs beneath the mountain and is a major trans-Alpine transport route.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Ownership of the summit 1.2 Vallot 1.3 Janssen observatory 1.4 Air crashes 1.5 Tunnel

1.5.1 1999 disaster

1.6 Incidents involving children

2 Elevation 3 Climbing routes on the Tour Du Mont Blanc 4 Refuges

4.1 Impacts of climate change

5 Exploits and incidents 6 Cultural references

6.1 Cinema and television 6.2 Literature

7 Protection 8 Gallery 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links

History[edit]

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
seen from the Rébuffat platform on Aiguille du Midi

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
from the TMB

The first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
was on 8 August 1786 by Jacques Balmat
Jacques Balmat
and the doctor Michel Paccard. This climb, initiated by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, who gave a reward for the successful ascent, traditionally marks the start of modern mountaineering.[4] The first woman to reach the summit was Marie Paradis in 1808. Nowadays the summit is ascended by an average of 20,000 mountaineer-tourists each year. It could be considered a technically easy, yet arduous, ascent for someone who is well-trained and acclimatized to the altitude. From l' Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
(where the cable car stops), Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
seems quite close, being 1,000 m (3,300 ft) higher. But while the peak seems deceptively close, La Voie des 3 Monts route (known to be more technical and challenging than other more commonly used routes) requires much ascent over two other 4,000-m mountains, Mont Blanc du Tacul
Mont Blanc du Tacul
and Mont Maudit, before the final section of the climb is reached and the last 1000-m push to the summit is undertaken. Each year climbing deaths occur on Mont Blanc, and on the busiest weekends, normally around August, the local rescue service performs an average of 12 missions, mostly directed to aid people in trouble on one of the normal routes of the mountain. Some routes require knowledge of high-altitude mountaineering, a guide (or at least an experienced mountaineer), and all require proper equipment. All routes are long and arduous, involving delicate passages and the hazard of rock-fall or avalanche. Climbers may also suffer altitude sickness, occasionally life threatening, particularly if they do not acclimatize to it.[5][6] Ownership of the summit[edit]

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1832 Map of the Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of Sardinia
showing an administrative border passing through the summit of Mont Blanc. This was the same map annexed to the 1860 treaty to determine the current border between France
France
and Italy.

Captain Mieulet map of 1865 showing the border through Mont Blanc, called "a historical falsehood" by Italian historians[7]

Since the French Revolution, the issue of the ownership of the summit has been debated. From 1416 to 1792, the entire mountain was within the Duchy of Savoy. In 1723, the Duke of Savoy, Victor Amadeus II, acquired the Kingdom of Sardinia. The resulting state of Sardinia was to become preeminent in the Italian unification.[8] In September 1792, the French revolutionary Army of the Alps
Alps
under Anne-Pierre de Montesquiou-Fézensac seized Savoy
Savoy
without much resistance and created a department of the Mont-Blanc. In a treaty of 15 May 1796, Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia was forced to cede Savoy
Savoy
and Nice to France. In article 4 of this treaty it says: "The border between the Sardinian kingdom and the departments of the French Republic will be established on a line determined by the most advanced points on the Piedmont
Piedmont
side, of the summits, peaks of mountains and other locations subsequently mentioned, as well as the intermediary peaks, knowing: starting from the point where the borders of Faucigny, the Duchy of Aoust and the Valais, to the extremity of the glaciers or Monts-Maudits: first the peaks or plateaus of the Alps, to the rising edge of the Col-Mayor". This act further states that the border should be visible from the town of Chamonix
Chamonix
and Courmayeur. However, neither is the peak of the Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
visible from Courmayeur
Courmayeur
nor is the peak of the Mont Blanc de Courmayeur
Courmayeur
visible from Chamonix
Chamonix
because part of the mountains lower down obscure them.

A Sardinian Atlas map of 1869 showing the summit lying two thirds in Italy
Italy
and one third in France.[9]

After the Napoleonic Wars, the Congress of Vienna
Congress of Vienna
restored the King of Sardinia in Savoy, Nice and Piedmont, his traditional territories, overruling the 1796 Treaty of Paris. Forty-five years later, after the Second Italian War of Independence, it was replaced by a new legal act. This act was signed in Turin
Turin
on 24 March 1860 by Napoleon III
Napoleon III
and Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy, and deals with the annexation of Savoy (following the French neutrality for the plebiscites held in Tuscany, Modena, Parma and Romagna to join the Kingdom of Sardinia, against the Pope's will). A demarcation agreement, signed on 7 March 1861, defined the new border. With the formation of Italy, for the first time Mont Blanc was located on the border of France
France
and Italy. The 1860 act and attached maps are still legally valid for both the French and Italian governments.[10] One of the prints from the 1823 Sarde Atlas[11] positions the border exactly on the summit edge of the mountain (and measures it to be 4,804 m (15,761 ft) high). The convention of 7 March 1861 recognises this through an attached map, taking into consideration the limits of the massif, and drawing the border on the icecap of Mont Blanc, making it both French and Italian.[12] Watershed analysis of modern topographic mapping not only places the main summit on the border, but also suggests that the border should follow a line northwards from the main summit towards Mont Maudit, leaving the southeast ridge to Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
de Courmayeur wholly within Italy. Although the Franco-Italian border was redefined in both 1947 and 1963, the commission made up of both Italians and French ignored the Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
issue. The area from the Torino Hut
Torino Hut
to the summit is under the control of the Italian authority.[13] NATO
NATO
uses Italian military maps to operate.[14] In the early 21st century, administration of the mountain is shared between the Italian town of Courmayeur
Courmayeur
and the French town of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, although the larger part of the mountain lies within the commune of the latter. Vallot[edit]

Vallot refuge near Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
summit, at an altitude of 4,362 m

The first professional scientific investigations on the summit were conducted by the botanist-meteorologist Joseph Vallot at the end of the 19th century. He wanted to stay near the top of the summit, so he built his own permanent cabin. Janssen observatory[edit] In 1890, Pierre Janssen, an astronomer and the director of the Meudon astrophysical observatory, considered the construction of an observatory at the summit of Mont Blanc. Gustave Eiffel
Gustave Eiffel
agreed to take on the project, provided he could build on a rock foundation, if found at a depth of less than 12 m (39 ft) below the ice. In 1891, the Swiss surveyor Imfeld dug two 23 m (75 ft) long horizontal tunnels 12 m (39 ft) below the ice summit but found nothing solid. Consequently, the Eiffel project was abandoned. Despite this, the observatory was built in 1893. During the cold wave of January 1893, a temperature of −43 °C (−45 °F) was recorded on Mont Blanc, being the lowest ever recorded there. Levers attached to the ice supported the observatory. This worked to some extent until 1906, when the building started leaning heavily. The movement of the levers corrected the lean slightly, but three years later (two years after Janssen’s death), a crevasse started opening under the observatory. It was abandoned. Eventually the building fell, and only the tower could be saved in extremis.[15] Air crashes[edit] The mountain was the scene of two fatal air crashes; Air India
India
Flight 245 in 1950 [16] and Air India Flight 101
Air India Flight 101
in 1966. Both planes were approaching Geneva airport and the pilots miscalculated their descent; 48 and 117 people, respectively, died.[17] The latter passengers included nuclear scientist Homi J. Bhabha, known as the "father" of India's nuclear programme.[18] Tunnel[edit] Main article: Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Tunnel In 1946, a drilling project was initiated to carve a tunnel through the mountain. The Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
tunnel would connect Chamonix, France
France
and Courmayeur, Italy, and become one of the major trans-Alpine transport routes between the two countries. In 1965, the tunnel opened to vehicle traffic with a length of 11,611 metres (7.215 mi).[19] 1999 disaster[edit] Main article: Mont Blanc Tunnel
Mont Blanc Tunnel
Fire In 1999, a transport truck caught fire in the tunnel beneath the mountain. In total 39 people were killed when the fire raged out of control. The tunnel was renovated in the aftermath to increase driver safety, reopening after three years.[20] Incidents involving children[edit] The youngest person to climb Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
record set in 2009 by 10-year-old Asher Silver (UK)[21] In July 2014, an American entrepreneur and traveler Patrick Sweeney attempted to break the record with his nine-year-old son P.J. and 11-year-old daughter Shannon. They were caught in avalanche, luckily escaped death and decided not to pursue their attempt.[21][22] In August 2014, an unknown Austrian climber with his 5-year-old son were intercepted by mountain gendarmes at 3200 metres and forced to turn around.[23] On 5 August 2017, 9-year old Hungarian twins and their mother were rescued from 3800 metres by helicopter while their father and family friend continued their summit attempt.[24] Elevation[edit]

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
summit

The summit of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
is a thick, perennial ice-and-snow dome whose thickness varies. No exact and permanent summit elevation can therefore be determined, though accurate measurements have been made on specific dates. For a long time, its official elevation was 4,807 m (15,771 ft). In 2002, the IGN and expert surveyors, with the aid of GPS
GPS
technology, measured it to be 4,807.40 m (15,772 ft 4 in). After the 2003 heatwave
2003 heatwave
in Europe, a team of scientists re-measured the height on 6 and 7 September. The team was made up of the glaciologist Luc Moreau, two surveyors from the GPS
GPS
Company, three people from the IGN, seven expert surveyors, four mountain guides from Chamonix
Chamonix
and Saint-Gervais and four students from various institutes in France. This team noted that the elevation was 4,808.45 m (15,775 ft 9 in), and the peak was 75 centimetres (30 in) away from where it had been in 2002. After these results were published, more than 500 points were measured to assess the effects of climate change and the fluctuations in the height of the mountain at different points. Since then, the elevation of the mountain has been measured every two years. The interpretation that the heatwave had caused this fluctuation is disputed because the heatwave is known not to have significantly affected the glaciers above 4,000 m (13,000 ft). The height and position of the summit could have been moved by general glacial forces. At this elevation, the temperatures rarely rise above 0 °C (32 °F). During the summer of 2003, the temperature rose to 2 °C (36 °F), and even 3 °C (37 °F), but this would not have been enough for the ice to melt that amount. The summit was measured again in 2005, and the results were published on 16 December 2005. The height was found to be 4,808.75 m (15,776 ft 9 in), 30 cm (12 in) more than the previous recorded height. The rock summit was found to be at 4,792 m (15,722 ft), some 40 m (130 ft) west of the ice-covered summit.[25] In 2007, the summit was measured at 4,807.9 m (15,774 ft) and in 2009 at 4,807.45 m (15,772 ft).[2] In 2013, the summit was measured at 4,810.02 m (15,781 ft) and in 2015 at 4,808.73 m (15,777 ft).[1] From the summit of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
on a clear day, the Jura, the Vosges, the Black Forest
Black Forest
and the Massif Central mountain ranges can be seen, as well as the principal summits of the Alps.

A panoramic view of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
from Aiguille du Midi

View from Vallee Blanche of Glacier
Glacier
du Géant and Dent du Géant, looking down Glacier
Glacier
du Tacul towards the Mer de Glace, with Aiguille du Moine, les Drus and Aiguille Verte
Aiguille Verte
in centre-left

Climbing routes on the Tour Du Mont Blanc[edit]

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
3D

The Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Massif averages nearly 100 fatalities a year. A published estimate suggests there have been 6,000-8,000 alpinist fatalities in total, more than on any other mountain.[26]:208 Several classic climbing routes lead to the summit of Mont Blanc:[27][28]

The most popular route is the Voie Des Cristalliers, also known as the Voie Royale. Starting from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, the Tramway du Mont-Blanc (TMB) is taken to get to the fr:Gare du Nid d'Aigle. The ascent begins in the direction of the Refuge de Tête Rousse
Refuge de Tête Rousse
and through the Goûter Corridor,[29] considered dangerous because of frequent rock-falls, leading to the Goûter cabin for night shelter. The next day the route leads to the Dôme du Goûter, past the emergency Vallot cabin and L'arrête des Bosses. La Voie des 3 Monts is also known as La Traversée. Starting from Chamonix, the Téléphérique de l' Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi
is taken towards the Col du Midi. The Cosmiques cabin is used to spend the night. The next day the ascent continues over Mont Blanc du Tacul
Mont Blanc du Tacul
and Mont Maudit. The historic itinerary through the Grand Mulets, which is most frequently traversed in winter by ski, or in summer to descend to Chamonix. The normal Italian itinerary is also known as La route des Aiguilles Grises. After crossing the Miage Glacier, climbers spend the night at the Gonella refuge. The next day, one proceeds through the Col des Aiguilles Grises and the Dôme du Goûter, concluding at L'arête des Bosses (Bosses ridge). The Miage — Bionnassay — Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
crossing is usually done in three days, and has been described as a truly magical expedition of ice and snow arêtes at great altitude.[26]:199 The route begins from Contamines-Montjoie, with the night spent in the Conscrits cabin. The following day, the Dômes de Miages is crossed and the night spent at the Durier cabin. The third day proceeds over l'Aiguille de Bionnassay and the Dôme du Goûter, finally reaching the summit of Mont Blanc via the Bosses ridge.

Refuges[edit]

Refuge Vallot, 4362 m. Refuge Goûter, 3817 m. Bivouac Corrado Alberico - Luigi Borgna, 3684 m. Refuge Cosmiques, 3613 m. Refuge Tête Rousse, 3167 m. Refuge Francesco Gonella, 3071 m. Refuge Grands Mulets, 3050 m.

Impacts of climate change[edit] Recent temperature rises and heatwaves, such as that of summer 2015, have had significant impacts on many climbing routes across the Alps, including those on Mont Blanc. For example, in 2015, the Grand Mulets route, previously popular in the 20th century, was blocked by virtually impenetrable crevasse fields, and the Gouter Hut was closed by municipal decree for some days because of very high stonefall danger, with some stranded climbers evacuated by helicopter.[30] Exploits and incidents[edit]

Aerial view
Aerial view
of the south-eastern side of Mont Blanc, taken on a commercial flight

"The First Ascent of Mont Blanc" by T. Louis Oxley 1881 Read by Phil Schempfn for LibriVox

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1786: The first ascent, by Michel-Gabriel Paccard
Michel-Gabriel Paccard
and Jacques Balmat; see Exploration of the High Alps. 1787: The fourth ascent, by Englishman Mark Beaufoy, with at least six guides and a servant. July 1808 (1808-07): The first ascent by a woman, Maria Paradis, with Balmat as her guide. July 1838 (1838-07): The second ascent by a woman, Henriette d'Angeville. 1890: Giovenni Bonin, Luigi Grasselli and Fr. Achille Ratti (later Pope Pius XI) discovered the normal Italian route (West Face Direct) on descent. 1960: The airplane pilot Henri Giraud landed on the summit, which is only 30 m (98 ft) long.[31] 1990: The Swiss Pierre-André Gobet, leaving from Chamonix, completed the ascent and descent in 5 hours, 10 minutes and 14 seconds. 30 May 2003 (2003-05-30): Stéphane Brosse and Pierre Gignoux tried to beat the record by ski-walking. They went up in 4 hours and 7 minutes, and came back down in 1 hour and 8 minutes. In total they did the ascent and descent in 5 hours and 15 minutes. 13 August 2003 (2003-08-13): Seven French paraglider pilots landed on the summit. They reached a peak altitude of 5,200 m (17,100 ft), thanks to the hot weather conditions, which provided strong hot air currents. Five had left from Planpraz, one from Rochebrune at Megève
Megève
and the last one from Samoëns. 8 June 2007 (2007-06-08): Danish artist Marco Evaristti draped the peak of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
with red fabric, along with a 20-foot (6.1 m) pole with a flag reading "Pink State". He had been arrested and detained earlier on 6 June for attempting to paint a pass leading up to the summit red. His aim was to raise awareness of environmental degradation.[32] 13 September 2007 (2007-09-13): A group of 20 people set up a hot tub at the summit.[33] 19 August 2012 (2012-08-19): Fifty paraglider pilots landed on the summit, beating the previous record of seven top landing pilots, set in 2003. This included the second ever tandem landing on the summit.[34] 11 July 2013 - Kilian Jornet
Kilian Jornet
beat the fastest overall time for ascent and descent with 4 hours 57 minutes and 40 seconds.[35][36]

Cultural references[edit] Cinema and television[edit]

La Terre, son visage, is a documentary by Jean-Luc Prévost and published by Édition Société national de télévision française, released in 1984. It is part of the Haroun Tazieff raconte sa terre, vol. 1 series. In it he talks about the west-east crossing of Mont Blanc. The film Malabar Princess. The television-film Premier de cordée. Storm over Mont Blanc
Storm over Mont Blanc
(Stürme über dem Mont Blanc, 1930) with Leni Riefenstahl and directed by Arnold Fanck La Roue
La Roue
(The Wheel, 1923) is a 273-minute film by Abel Gance
Abel Gance
depicting rail operations, workers, and families in southeastern France, including the Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
area.

Literature[edit]

Premier de cordée by Roger Frison-Roche Hugo et le Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
by Colette Cosnie – Édition Guérin Hymn Before Sunrise, in the Vale of Chamouni by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Manfred
Manfred
by Lord Byron Frankenstein
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
by Percy Shelley Point Blanc
Point Blanc
by Anthony Horowitz The Prelude Book VI by William Wordsworth Kordian by Juliusz Słowacki Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer Running Water by AEW Mason La neige en deuil by Henri Troyat

Protection[edit] The Mont Blanc massif
Mont Blanc massif
is being put forward as a potential World Heritage Site because of its uniqueness and its cultural importance, considered the birthplace and symbol of modern mountaineering.[37] It would require the three governments of Italy, France
France
and Switzerland to make a request to UNESCO
UNESCO
for it to be listed. Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, and for this reason, some view it as threatened.[citation needed] Pro- Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
(an international collective of associations for the protection of Mont Blanc) published in 2002 the book Le versant noir du mont Blanc (The black hillside of Mont Blanc), which exposes current and future problems in conserving the site.[38] In 2007, Europe's two highest toilets (at a height of 4,260 metres, 13,976 feet) were taken by helicopter to the top of Mont Blanc. They are also serviced by helicopter. They will serve 30,000 skiers and hikers annually, helping to alleviate the discharge of urine and faeces that spreads down the mountain face with the spring thaw, and turns it into 'Mont Marron'.[39] Global warming
Global warming
has begun to melt glaciers and cause avalanches on Mont Blanc, creating more dangerous climbing conditions.[40] Gallery[edit] The highest resolution panorama of the Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
ever made:[41]

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
seen from Les Arcs 1950

North side of Mont Blanc

Mer de Glace
Mer de Glace
glacier on the left

Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
seen from SPOT satellite

Aerial view
Aerial view
of the south-western side of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
in early September, taken on a commercial flight

View taken "par grand beau temps" from the upper terrace, on Aiguille du Midi (2015). Need to reach second floor of the cable railway

See also[edit]

Exploration of the High Alps Haute Route Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
(Moon) Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
glacier flood Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
massif Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Tramway Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Tunnel Tour du Mont Blanc Top of the Mont Blanc

Notes[edit]

^ Although Mount Elbrus
Mount Elbrus
is normally considered the tallest mountain in Europe, the latter continent is part of the Eurasian
Eurasian
land mass, which culminates at Mount Everest
Mount Everest
(lowest col between Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
and Mount Elbrus: 113 m [1]; lowest col between Mount Elbrus
Mount Elbrus
and Mount Everest: 901 m [2]). ^ The Caucasus
Caucasus
watershed has conventionally been used as the boundary between Europe
Europe
and Asia since the mid-19th century. The Caucasus
Caucasus
has a number of peaks higher than Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
either marking the Russian-Georgian border or just within Russia ( Mount Elbrus
Mount Elbrus
in the North Caucasus
North Caucasus
at 5641 m is the tallest in Europe
Europe
when including the Caucasus).

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Mont Blanc
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Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
massif

Settlements

Argentière Chamonix Champex Courmayeur La Fouly Les Houches Montroc Les Praz Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Trient

Mountains

Aiguille d'Argentière Aiguille de Bionnassay Aiguille de Blaitière Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey Aiguille du Chardonnet Aiguilles du Diable Aiguilles Dorées Aiguille du Dru Aiguille des Glaciers Aiguille du Goûter Aiguille des Grands Charmoz Aiguille des Grands Montets Aiguille du Grépon Aiguille du Jardin Aiguille du Midi Aiguille de l'A Neuve Aiguille Noire de Peuterey Aiguille du Pissoir Aiguille du Plan Aiguille de Rochefort Aiguille du Tour Aiguille de Tré la Tête Aiguille de Triolet Aiguille Verte La Breya Le Catogne Le Châtelet (Mont Blanc) Dent du Géant Dôme du Goûter Dôme de Rochefort Les Droites Le Génépi Grand Capucin Grand Darray Grand Pilier d'Angle Grande Lui Grande Pointe des Planereuses Grande Rocheuse Grandes Jorasses Mont Blanc Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
de Courmayeur Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
du Tacul Mont Brouillard Mont Dolent Mont Mallet Mont Maudit Pic Eccles Picco Luigi Amedeo Pointe Allobrogia Pointe Helbronner Pointe d'Orny Pointe des Plines Pointe Ronde Pointe Walker Le Portalet Punta Baretti Tita Neire Tour Noir Tour Ronde

Cols

Col Ferret Col des Montets

Glaciers

Argentière Bossons Mer de Glace Miage Saleina Tête Rousse Trient

Refuges

Albert Premier A Neuve Argentière Cosmiques Couvercle Durier Elisabetta Francesco Gonella Grands Mulets Leschaux Mont-Blanc Plan de l'Aiguille Quintino Sella Tête Rousse Torino Tré la Tête Trient Saleina Vallot

Mountaineers (first or major ascents)

Allain Almer Anderegg (J.) Anderegg (M.) Balmat Blanchard Blodig Boivin Bonatti Bonington Boulaz Bristow Brown Burgener Cassin Charlet Clough Cordier (H.) Cordier (P.) Couzy Croz Dent Desmaison Destivelle Długosz Eccles Eckenstein Gabarrou Ghirardini Graham Brown Güssfeldt Harlin Heckmair Hemming Hudson Kennedy King Klucker Kuffner Kukuczka Kurtyka Lachenal Lafaille Lambert MacIntyre Maund Mazeaud Messner Middlemore Moore Mummery Paccard Paradis Patey Ratti Rébuffat Rey Robbins Roch Rouse de Saussure Smythe Stephen Terray Twight Vallençant Walker Whillans Whymper Winthrop Young

Other

Arve
Arve
(river) Chemin de fer du Montenvers Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea Haute Route Marathon du Mont Blanc Mont Blanc
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glacier flood Mont Blanc
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Tramway Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Tunnel Saint-Gervais–Vallorcine railway Skyway Monte Bianco Top of the Mont Blanc Tour du Mont Blanc Val d'Aosta Val Ferret Val Veny Vallée Blanche Aerial Tramway

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Ultra-prominent peaks of Europe

Scandinavia

Galdhøpiggen Kebnekaise Jiehkkevárri Snøhetta Store Lenangstind Sarektjåkkå
Sarektjåkkå
— On islands: Beerenberg Hvannadalshnúkur Newtontoppen Novaya Zemlya HP

Western Europe

Spain: Mulhacén Aneto Torre de Cerredo Almanzor — Massif Central: Puy de Sancy

Atlantic islands

Canaries: Teide Roque de los Muchachos Pico de las Nieves Malpaso — Azores: Pico Madeira: Ruivo

Alps
Alps
(List)

Mont Blanc Grossglockner Finsteraarhorn Wildspitze Bernina Hochkönig Dufourspitze Hoher Dachstein Marmolada Viso Triglav Barre des Écrins Säntis Ortler Baldo Gran Paradiso Coca Cima Dodici Dents du Midi Chamechaude Zugspitze Antelao Arcalod Grintovec Großer Priel Grigna
Grigna
Settentrionale Bondone Presanella Birnhorn Col Nudo Pointe Percée Jôf di Montasio Polinik Tödi Birkkarspitze Ellmauer Halt Grande Tête de l'Obiou Cima Tosa Hochtor Grimming Grand Combin Tournette Zirbitzkogel Kesch

Apennines

Corno Grande Amaro Serra Dolcedorme Montalto Cimone

Eastern Europe

Carpathians: Gerlachovský štít Parângu Mare Moldoveanu Peleaga Rtanj Pietrosul Rodnei — Crimea:  Roman-Kosh
Roman-Kosh
— Urals: Narodnaya

Balkans

Musala Olympus Vihren Taygetus Korab Jezercë Athos Kyllini Ossa Nemerçkë Midžor Pangaion Hills Kajmakčalan Smolikas Giona Jakupica Këndrevica Radomir Parnassus Botev Çika Pančić's Peak Valamara Baba Psili Koryfi

Mediterranean islands

Corsica: Cinto — Sardinia:  Punta La Marmora
Punta La Marmora
— Sicily: Etna — Crete: Ida Lefka Ori Dikti
Dikti
— Other Greek islands:  Dirfi Ainos Fengari
Fengari
— Cyprus: Olympus

Caucasus

Elbrus Bazardüzü Kazbek Tebulosmta Aragats Dykh-Tau Mount Dyultydag Kaputjugh Mount Addala-Shukhgelmeer Shani

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Seven Summits

Asia

Everest (8,848 m or 29,029 ft)

South America

Aconcagua
Aconcagua
(6,962 m or 22,841 ft)

North America

Denali
Denali
(6,198 m or 20,335 ft)

Africa

Kilimanjaro (5,893 m or 19,334 ft)

Europe

Elbrus (5,642 m or 18,510 ft) or Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
(4,810 m or 15,781 ft)

Antarctica

Vinson Massif
Vinson Massif
(4,892 m or 16,050 ft)

Oceania

Puncak Jaya
Puncak Jaya
(4,884 m or 16,024 ft) or Mount Wilhelm
Mount Wilhelm
(4,509 m or 14,793 ft)

Oceania
Oceania
(Australia)

Mount Kosciuszko
Mount Kosciuszko
(2,228 m or 7,310 ft)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 144578286 LCCN: no2001036912 GND: 41152

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