At 4,810m (15,781ft), Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe, sat between Haut-Savoie, France and Aosta in Italy. Despite involving no technical climbing, it’s an undertaking that should not be approached lightly: it requires fitness, acclimatisation and glacier travel skills (including crevasse rescue techniques).
This is essential, as is making sure you know how to execute a crevasse rescue! If you are being guided or doing an alpine course, check to see what they will provide and what you need to bring. There are different crevasse rescue systems and it’s possible to substitute different items.
This is the extra kit needed if you'e not using a guide or the huts. If you don’t have alpine experience or aren’t familiar with glacier travel and crevasse rescue, this is not a wise option!