Haute Route Day 1: Chamonix - Trient
Met at 08:45 at Chamonix guides office and up to Argentière to jump on the Grand Montets cable car. Down the Rognons glacier on some very hard and choppy snow. Across the Argentière glacier to about 2500m, put on crampons and climbed to first pass, Col du Passon (3028m). Down onto Glacier du Tour for lunch trying to shelter from wind, followed by climb to the Swiss border at Col du Tour (3281m). We actually climbed just south and higher than the Col du Tour and ended up entering Switzerland via a steep gully which most were roped down. Traverse the southern end of the Trient plateau under the Aiguilles Dorées to the Trient refuge (3170m) which required one short final climb at the end.