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On the normal route of Mont Blanc, at the level of the Bosses ridge, large crevasses have appeared. These crevasses could have a lasting impact on the normal route to Mont Blanc by significantly increasing its commitment and difficulty. Scientists went to the site to take readings. The only good news on the normal route is that the first summer train wil be earlier in the morning to avoid the Goûter rock falls. We take a look at the situation.

Informed at the beginning of March of the presence of particularly unusual crevasses on the normal route of Mont Blanc, the master’s student in geography at the EDYTEM laboratory and aspiring guide Xavier Cailhol, accompanied by the director Gaetan Gaudissard and the aspiring guide Corentin Gonzalez, went to the site to take measurements. Their observations were the subject of an article by Xavier Cailhol, Ludovic Ravanel and Jacques Mourey, which reports the formation of a “series of very large crevasses on the Bosses ridge”. This ridge, which stretches from the Vallot shelter to the summit of Europe, is currently the least technically difficult and most frequented route. However, the presence of these crevasses could have a lasting impact on the normal access route to Mont Blanc by significantly increasing its commitment. Interview with Xavier Cailhol.

What led you to take measurements on the Bosses ridge? 

Xavier Cailhol : We were informed at the beginning of March that there were big holes [on the Mont Blanc normal route] and that the

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