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Small walking on the height of Chamonix

and visit of the "Mer de Glace"

September, 2005, under a splendid sun, I left make a walking near Chamonix. With my backpack (and yes, it is necessary to eat and to drink) and my camera, I crossed the day between "Le plan de l'Aiguille" and the "Mer de Glace".

During this day, I took numerous photographs. I offer therefore to pay you a small call of places through my objective.

Arrived at Chamonix at about 10 h 00, I begin by making a small turn of the city. They have since Chamonix of nice point of view on the"Dôme du goûter" and on the "glacier des Bossons".

Chamonix is in 1036m and crossed by a torrent : the Arve.

The Arve and Chamonix, with the glacier des Bossons on the background
The Arve and Chamonix, with the glacier des Bossons on the background
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Le Glacier des Bossons, le Dôme du Goûter et le Mont Blanc
the "Glacier des Bossons", the "Dôme du Goûter" et the "Mont Blanc"
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At 11 h, I take up in the cabin of the cable of "l'Aiguille du midi", and in 10 minutes, I am on the "Plan de l'Aiguille", as high as 2317m.

Since this altitude, views on the "Dôme du Goûter" (4304m), the "Aiguille du Goûter" (3817m) or on the "Aiguille du Midi" (3842m) are splendid.


The "Dôme du Goûter", and on its right, the "Aiguille du Goûter"
The "Dôme du Goûter", and on its right, the "Aiguille du Goûter"
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the "Aiguille du Midi"
the "Aiguille du Midi"
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the "Aiguille" and the "Dôme du Goûter"
the "Aiguille" and the "Dôme du Goûter"
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Since the Plan of midday, I join a small lake of altitude: The Blue Lake. In the peace of this lake, the ambient summits are reflected...


The Blue Lake and the "Aiguille du Midi" (3842m)
The Blue Lake and the "Aiguille du Midi" (3842m)
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Reflections in Blue Lake
Reflections in Blue Lake
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Then, it is the direction of Montenvers and the Mer de Glace. On the way, they cross the "Aiguilles de Chamonix."


Cairn and the "Aiguilles de Chamonix"
Cairn and the "Aiguilles de Chamonix"
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Close up to the "Aiguilles de Chamonix"
Close up to the "Aiguilles de Chamonix"
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A small torrent with the "Aiguilles de Chamonix" on the background
A small torrent with the "Aiguilles de Chamonix" on the background
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The view on the valley of Chamonix is splendid...


The valley of Chamonix
The valley of Chamonix
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The valley of Chamonix
The valley of Chamonix
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Before arriving at the Mer de Glace, the first thing which you see, it is the Peak summit of the Dru and its 3757m.


the Peak summit of the Dru
the Peak summit of the Dru
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the Peak summit of the Dru
the Peak summit of the Dru
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you arrive finally at the Mer de Glace. Encircled with Grandes Jorasses (4208m), of Dru (3757m) and of the "Aiguilles Vertes", this tongue of ice is really very impressive.

The Mer de Glace is the biggest glacier of France (40 km ²). It goes downhill about 2500 m of difference in altitude between 3 900 m and 1 400 m of altitude and stretches on more than 7 kilometres. His breadth varies from 700 to 1 950 metres.


The tongue of the Mer de Glace since the "Signal"
The tongue of the Mer de Glace since the "Signal"
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Cairn and the "Mer de Glace"
Cairn and the "Mer de Glace"
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the "Mer de Glace" and the "Grandes Jorasses"
the "Mer de Glace" and the "Grandes Jorasses"
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In view of from a distance, you definitely do not realize the coat of impressive ice of this glacier. However, by getting closer... The medium thickness of the ice is 200 metres, but she can exceed the 400 metres sometimes.

Owing to the slow progress of the glacier (150m / year on average), the cave which is dug under the Mer de Glace is re-sharpened every year for 50 years.


At the bottom of the Mer de Glace
At the bottom of the Mer de Glace
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The thickness of the Mer de Glace
The thickness of the Mer de Glace
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Inside the cave, under the Mer de Glace
Inside the cave, under the Mer de Glace
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Inside the cave, under the Mer de Glace
Inside the cave, under the Mer de Glace
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Here stop the visit...

Let's give a last look to the "Dôme du Goûter" and the "Mont Blanc" ...


The "Mont Blanc", the "Dôme du Goûter" and the "glacier du Bosson"
The "Mont Blanc", the "Dôme du Goûter" and the "glacier du Bosson"
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The "Dôme du Goûter"
The "Dôme du Goûter"
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The "Aiguilles de Chamonix"
The "Aiguilles de Chamonix"
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