L’aiguille du midi—Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC1Y014
by Vilcanota
Difficulty:
2
Terrain:
2
Location:
Rhône-Alpes, France
N 45° 52.759 E 006° 53.212

Afraid of heights? Then this week’s Geocache of the Week might give you the chills!

To find L’aiguille du midi, you must first visit Chamonix, an adventurer seeker’s heaven! Steep peaks and endless views in the heart of The Alps draw visitors from all over the world to experience this awe-inspiring town and scenery.

At 3,842m (12,605 ft), the Aiguille du Midi and it’s laid-out terraces offer a 360° view of all the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. A 20-minute ride in the Aiguille du Midi cable car will deliver you to the summit terrace where you will have a clear view of Mont Blanc.

Once you take the cable car to the top, take your time looking for the geocache and be discreet as there may be lots of visitors around. Once you sign the log, take in the panoramic views and walk through an impressive ice cave. You can also walk onto a glass skywalk called “Step into the Void” with a view 1035 meters (3,396 ft) straight down. Yikes! Due to the exposed nature of L’aiguille du midi, make sure to bring some warm clothing since it can be -10°C (14°F) in the middle of summer.

For those who are feeling even more adventurous, there is an option to strap on crampons (those spiky things you attach to your boot to ascend ice)  and climb to the top of Mt. Blanc. In the snowier months, some people also ski down the steep slopes of the Aiguille du Midi. Mountaineers and skiers are able to pass through a tunnel to reach the steep and extremely exposed ice ridge that descends to the glacier below. This activity is only recommended for very experienced climbers and skiers.

Although the scenery may mislead you to think that the cache is a T5, the platforms in place allow for a rating of T2. Thanks to cache owner, Vilcanota, for creating such a fun and thrill-inspiring geocache!

Skiers preparing to descend
Mountaineers descending the glacier
L'aiguille du Midi
L’aiguille du midi storm
Not a bad view from the cable car
Mountains in every direction
One of the original L'aiguille du midi cable cars from 50 years ago!
A view of Chamonix from L'Aiguille du Midi
Made it to the top!
Climbers way up high
Can you imagine constructing this?
Mount Blanc, highest peak in the Alps
On the top of the world!
Put your slippers on and “Step into the Void”
Looking down at the platform at L'aiguille du midi
The ice cave
Caution! Only climbers and skiers beyond this point!

 

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