Mont Brouillard

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Mont Brouillard
Monte Brouillard.jpg
Mont Brouillard seen from Col Émile Rey
Elevation 4,069 m (13,350 ft)
Mont Brouillard is located in Italy
Mont Brouillard
Mont Brouillard
Location Aosta Valley, Italy
Range Mont Blanc massif
Coordinates 45°49′03″N 06°51′54″E / 45.81750°N 6.86500°E / 45.81750; 6.86500Coordinates: 45°49′03″N 06°51′54″E / 45.81750°N 6.86500°E / 45.81750; 6.86500
First ascent 10 July 1906 by Karl Blodig, Oscar Eckenstein and Alexander Brocherel
Easiest route South ridge and north ridge of Punta Baretti (PD)

Mont Brouillard (4,069 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the Val d'Aosta, Italy, being a satellite peak on the south ridge of Mont Blanc.[1]


Though in French this name means "mountain of mist", this toponym comes from Valdôtain Francoprovençal patois. According to Aostan botanist and scientist Joseph-Marie Henry,[2] the word Broillà means "made of breuils", Breuil meaning alpine marshy berm, as for Breuil in Valtournenche.


The question of who made the first ascent of the peak was for a time a matter of contention. Martino Baretti and his guide Jean-Joseph Maquignaz believed that they had climbed the peak, together with Punta Baretti, on 28 July 1880, but Karl Blodig showed that this was unlikely, no cairn being found when he made his ascent on 10 July 1906 with Oscar Eckenstein and Alexis Brocherel.[3] Later research showed that the time that Baretti gave for the traverse between Punta Baretti and Mont Brouillard was "half that required".[3]

The Brouillard ridge to the summit of Mont Blanc does not cross Mont Brouillard, being separated from the peak by the Col Emile Rey.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dumler, Helmut and Burkhardt, Willi P., The High Mountains of the Alps, London: Diadem, 1993, p. 197
  2. ^ Eau, acqua, éve - entre littérature, science et histoire, éd. Duc, Saint-Christophe, p. 96.
  3. ^ a b Dumler, Helmut and Burkhardt, Willi P., op. cit., p. 198