Mont Blanc - feedback & testamonials
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Why we provide the unedited feedback
The honest truth is that too many people come out to attempt Mont Blanc, and haven't got a clue how hard it will be or how much they will enjoy it. This page is the unedited feedback - the highs, the lows, the truth. It is very easy and naive to fill pages with glowing references, but that doesn't paint the whole picture. Here it is, all 100% of it. As you can see from the summit photos above, the summit is a different experience each time. For some it is the greatest achievement of their life, for others it was a dream, and for the very fit lucky ones it was a laugh!

Very well organised set up, with a great guie team. This really made the difference, as I had previously failed with another company. I found Icicle professional, motivated and friendly

Simon N , Mont Blanc Summit

Hello again, please pass on my thanks to everyone for helping our group get to the summit last week. It was tough but great fun too, and we all had a great time (apart from Pete in the Gouter toilets!). See you again next year for our attempt on the Matterhorn. I can't wait

Dave H , Mont Blanc Summit

I just wanted to send you guys a quick email to say thanks for everything throughout our trip to Chamonix. Myself and John were delighted with everything. The guides were superb, everything was well organised, our trips were enjoyable and we learnt a lot. Once my initial shock on how hard the ascent was had diminished and my subsequent dislike of mountains had abated we decided that we may have further clinbs in the future and we would be quick to use Icicle again.......

David L , Mont Blanc Summit

Thanks very much for an excellent week. Dylan, Nick and I must have been among the most hopelessly inexperienced clients you have had, but you were patient and supportive throughout the week. We also felt the course was well thought out, putting us beyond our comfort zones, but in a safe environment and with the guidance of true experts. We didn't make the summit but, as you said, that was always the icing on the cake. Terrific week

Chris W , Mont Blanc Summit

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, and a 1000 times more!

Veronica J , Mont Blanc Summit

Sincere thanks to you all for everything. I can't recommend you highly enough to everyone I tell about my trip

Ralph W , Mont Blanc Summit

An action filled week, and a perfect ending reaching the summit of Mont Blanc on a clear day. From the summit we could see hundreds of miles

Alan N , Mont Blanc Summit

A brilliant holiday. To reach the summit of Mont Blanc was a dream come true

Tim S , Mont Blanc Summit

Thank you all so much for my recent trip. Mont Blanc was a dream come true, but was far harder than I had expected. I found your website really informative and truthfull, which is the reason I booked in the first place, but your honesty was really appreciated as it made me train lots beforehand. Without this I would never have reached the top

Sharon R , Mont Blanc Summit

Just a quick mail to say thanks for the link to the photos. As you may remember my camera didn't work due to the cold, so these are my memories of the top. Thanks so much for ensuring I got them, as now I can bore my mates with all the pictures!

Euan McG , Mont Blanc Summit

Have almost managed to get a good nights sleep after doing the Cosmique Arete, it has taken a while to recover however would happily do it again. Back to my running and Scots mountains and maybe see you in a couple of years. Again thanks you for all your support and help...you guys rock!!!! although could do with more late starts and breakfast in bed :)

Kevin L , Mont Blanc Summit

A big thank you for the time we spent in Chamonix last week – really fantastic! Summiting Mt Blanc was a massive dream come true – thank you for helping us acheive that. (And a big thank you to Sev– The Terminator!) A few pics for you to check out including the foot :-) It is now 90% back to normal. Not sure what challenge we will try next, but Icicle will be top of the list. All the best and stay safe

Marc C , Mont Blanc Summit

Just quickly wanted to say thanks again for a brillant and successful week last week. I plan to post a more comprehensive email later. Also really sorry for leaving the flat in such a god awful state, Sennen and i both felt pretty bad about that but... we had another crazy night on friday which (this will make you laugh) ended with us leaving the gay bar again at 5-30 ish in the morning. and we only just got to the transfer in time

Henry P , Mont Blanc Summit

100% summit, 100% happy, 100% thanks! A once in a lifetime holiday - thank you. I can't explain how much your support and knowledge meant to me. It gave me a total sense of confidence and trust, which was essential during the final steps

Steve R , Mont Blanc Summit

Climbing Mont Blanc was harder than I thought, but so rewarding too

Sally P , Mont Blanc Summit
Guy and Chris on the summit of Mont Blanc, guided by Paulo, via the Gouter route
PHOTO: Guy & Chris on the summit of Mont Blanc 4810m, having climbed via the Gouter Route.
Mont Blanc links
Essential Mont Blanc page links...
Blog post: Ethical Mont Blanc
Top 10 tips for climbing Mt Blanc
Films from the summit
Free resources

FREE Podcast
Training for Mont Blanc
A no holes barred podcast, to fully explain what an ascent entails physically and technically, including several examples of hill training.
Download podcast (3.48 MB)
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Mont Blanc open evening
We offer a FREE Mont Blanc open evening in our Windermere office, which is open to all those booking on this trip. Some people combine this with attending the £99 Alpine Preparation Weekend. For more details about the Open Evening and weekend course, click here.
Equipment - summit day kit list...
We send a course specific equipment list to all those booking on our courses, but due to the popularity of this course, we outline a typical packing list for the Mont Blanc summit day in the list below.
Basic clothing
- Light coloured long sleeve wicking layer
- Schoeller / soft shell climbing trousers
- Mid layer fleece jacket / gillet
- Fleece hat and gloves, and sunhat / cap
- B3 leather / plastic boots, and gaiters
- Harness, helmet, ice axe (without leash)
- 12 point crampons andanti-balling plates
- 1 x 120cm Sling, 1 x karabiner, 1 x prussic
- Telescopic trekking poles with snow baskets
- Head torch (LED style is lightest type)
Altitude gear
- Synthetic or down insulation jacket
- Goggles in case of high wind
- Neoprane face mask in case of wind
- Thick waterproof over gloves
- Windproof over trousers (eg PacLite)
General kit
- Close fitting sun glasses (Factor 4 for snow)
- Pocket snacks for summit day (eg Haribos)
- Water bottle (bladder type may freeze)
- Rucksack (up to 35 litres max is ideal)
- Basic blister kit, Aspirin, suncream
Suggested reading and kit
View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here

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