Duration: 2-3 days
Between Val Veny and the highest point in the Alps, climbers face an elevation difference of 3500m and a distance of seven kilometers as the crow flies. This probably makes the Brouillard Integral the longest ridge on Mont Blanc – and throughout the entire Alps, too. There are no huts and no bivouac boxes to offer comfort along this long route, which is never easy but also never particularly difficult. It’s only the crux that can be a bit awkward, waiting as it does in the often combined terrain beyond the Col Émile Rey (IV?). The rest of the rock outcrop up to Mont Blanc de Courmayeur is extremely unsound in places.
“Just like in the Himalayas” is how some mountaineers who have climbed this part of Mont Blanc describe it. And there’s not many of them.
Article by Jon Griffith:
Information about conditions can be found at Charmonix High Mountain Office: