Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, reaches over 15,770 feet with magnificent valleys of its massif stretching into France, Italy, and Switzerland.
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There’s a reason that August 8, 1786, is worth remembering. Mont Blanc’s peaks are some of the deadliest in the world, but two mountaineers, Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard, tackled them anyway.
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Now, 229 years after the pair reached the summit, unofficially sparking modern mountaineering, the accomplishment is being celebrated in the August 8 Google Doodle.
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Indeed, many guiding companies describe Mont Blanc as more of a “long walk” than any kind of challenging climb, although it does require crampons and ice axes to summit.
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Above image: Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco is the highest mountain in Western Europe. This mountain has a height of about 4,810 meters (15,780 feet).