5 hours, we start from the Torino refuge to arrive as soon as possible to the Cosmiques refuge. The cold is bitter but bearable, we are perfectly equipped for ice. I immediately understand the difference between these mountains and the Dolomites: everything is bigger, majestic and at the same time more dangerous and unpredictable. The Marmolada glacier in comparison is a playground. At the crossroads with the Aguille du Midi I feel I am at a different altitude than usual and I begin to understand the rarefied air. The visibility drops drastically and it takes some more time to reach the refuge des Cosmiques on the top.
Monte Bianco, France
Rifugio des Cosmiques
Refuge not even a relative of Turin: quite dirty, with very few services. Fortunately, the kitchen is not bad (you have to settle) and the position is strategic. July 6 is a day of rest between reading, naps and playing cards. The weather does not improve and does not allow us even a trip to the Aguille du Midi. In the evening we meet two Italian alpine guides: Federico Cecile and Umberto Bado. Dinner is very pleasant with them: we talk about ascents, the Dolomites and the destinations of the following days. They will leave for the summit the next day, we will opt for the Mont Blanc du Tacul to acclimatise us. Afterwards they will advise us to return to Cosmiques after reaching the summit of Bianco, so we cancel Gonella.
Expert Hikers with Equipment - The equipped routes (or via ferrata) are indicated, they require the use of self-insurance devices.