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Following on from our altitude sickness blog post http://ow.ly/jLJO306RdW4, here's a very relevant story from Blake Penson, one of our clients from a few years ago: http://ow.ly/Lirs306ReeF.

Blake had had bad luck with us twice: he had to abandon his first attempt to help another alpinist we came across with acute mountain sickness, and on his second try he was stopped by a storm. Entirely understandably he and his partner Chris tried a shorter trip for their third try, but while Blake made it without any problems, Chris got seriously ill with cerebral oedema and collapsed at the Vallot refuge.

Chris made a full and rapid recovery in the valley, but it just goes to show there's nothing fair about it!

John Taylor
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What happens if you get altitude sickness on Mont Blanc? Our latest blog post explains: http://ow.ly/2gbW306NqIt
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HEATWAVE 2015 Ten courses out of eleven so far have made the summit of Mont Blanc, but unlike last year where our run of success was halted by a cold and snowy period, this year we've got the opposite and in many ways worse problem - a heatwave or canicule. We've had the odd week or two since we started eleven years ago where the stonefall on the Grand Couloir became too dangerous, but nothing like this. It's unfortunately starting to look like a repeat of 2003, all we can do is keep watching the weather and hoping for cooler conditions.

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Just to show how random it all is, in 2013 our first seven courses all failed to reach the summit of Mont Blanc due to bad weather, last year the first eleven courses all made the top and this year so far we've had another really good start wih eight out of the first nine courses all getting to the top. The photo is a great shot taken by Charlie Lawrence who climbed with us last August taken from the window of a commercial jet; notice the Cosmiques route heading up from the lower right with the Gouter route on the far skyline.
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So far so good for the start of the 2015 season, first three courses all made the top and the fourth on the way... well done to all who made it with me on Monday, a necessarily fast ascent in difficult conditions. John Taylor.
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2015-06-18
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Report from Declan O'Shea, a recent participant on one of our North Wales Mont Blanc training weekends. Thanks very much for the feedback Declan.

John,
Just a quick note to mention how brilliant the weekend in Snowdonia was; having actually done what I didn't think I was capable of has certainly settled my nerves in terms of what to expect when I get there. The kit and gear I should bring with me was also covered, and as a novice it was great for Graham to show us what was in his bag and also to talk through what to expect on both climbs. Both Graham and Theo were brilliant and just filled us with their confidence as we went along. Having done it I'm not sure how I could conceive of going to Mont Blanc without this huge learning experience. It's certainly something every newbie should seriously consider. Regards Declan O'Shea.
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2015-05-22
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The 2015 season is rapidly approaching and our North Wales Traing Courses are currently in full swing. These are becoming more and more popular and are probably the single best thing you can do to improve your chances on Mont Blanc: 
http://www.montblancguides.com/north-wales-training-weekends-cp15.aspx
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