5164764354 491a8e2dde z The majestic Mont Blanc and its curiosities


Today we will know more about Mont Blanc, the real star and the most photographed peak of any trip to the Alps. As we say, the Mont Blanc is the highlight and an emblematic summit of the Alps, in addition to being one of the best-known peaks in the world.

This giant has an official height of 4,810.9 meters and is the highest in Western Europe. It is not the highest in Europe as many people think. This honor lies in the Elbrus, which reaches 5,642 meters. Its name in Italian is Monte Bianco, which means Monte Blanco.

Mont Blanc is located between the French Alps and the Italian Alps, as it is bordered by France and Italy. However, there are small differences according to the cartographic sources. In fact, in the French maps, they include the whole summit within the own borders, whereas the Italian maps declare it shared.

In our trips to the Alps, you can photograph its majesty. However, its exact height is variable, depending on the snow cover that covers the rocky summit and that is calculated in 10 or 15 meters. The measurements of the last years have oscillated between 4,807 and 4,810 meters.

The Mont Blanc Massif

This fantastic peak, also named after the Massif Mont-Blanc, an important set of mountain peaks of the Alps that contains many peaks over 4,000 meters. The structure of the whole massif is granite and of relatively recent formation – more than that of the Pyrenees for example – which is why we know them still full of lofty crests and needles, not so punished by erosion.

What makes it even more spectacular is that in the Mont Blanc massif there are some glaciers, and from the Mont Blanc peak there are some very important: Brenva, Miage and Bruillard to the south slope and Bionnassay, Taconnaz and especially the Bossons face north. This last one in the first years of century XX arrived until the bottom of the valley to only 1,000 meters of altitude. At present, it has fallen back to 1,400 meters. As a sign of the importance of perpetual glaciers in the Alpine regions, it is possible to emphasize that they all have a proper name, known and preserved for centuries.

Who was the first to climb the Mont Blanc?

In 1760 a wealthy man of Geneva, Horace-Benedict of Sausure, march to the country of Mont Blanc. He desired to climb to the summit, but knowing himself incapable of being the first to try; he offered much money to find a practicable way to the summit of Mont Blanc. There were several attempts-a few serious ones-until in 1786, on August 8, two well-trained amateurs, Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel Paccard -those because he wanted to observe an aneroid barometer at that height-climb to the summit and come down safe and sound.

A year later, the promoter of this adventure, Horace-Benedict de Sausure, also treads the summit, accompanied by a group of guides from Chamonix.

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  3. noelia dice:

    Nunca fui alli pero me parece increíble,es el mejor monte del mundo

  4. Pau dice:

    Noelia, seguro que estando allí te parecería aún mejor. Si te animas a conocerlo ponte en contacto con nosotros :D

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