Stepping Into The Void, Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix
1 March 2019
What an experience! Definitely a ‘once in a life time’ experience. Stepping into the Void is not for the faint hearted. The adrenaline you get is beyond description! The Aiguille du Midi is a 3842m peak in the Mont Blanc massif of the French Alps. This is the closest you can get to the summit of Mont-Blanc at 4810m, the highest summit in the Alps which is renowned for its skiing.
Chamonix is not just for skiing. I don’t ski but I found that there were plenty of other things to do. You can take a trip on the Montenvers Mer de Grace cog railway, paraglide, horse-ride, go husky-sledding, just walk round, or you can descend to an ice cave excavated into the glacier via a gondola and a series of walkways and steps, or you can take the cable car to the top of Aiguille du Midi with its spectacular views.
Aiguille du Midi is open all year round and it is of course a tourist attraction. I went on this holiday with two girlfriends in the summer to celebrate one of my two friends’ birthday.
The whole visit was truly an experience. From the minute you step into the cable car and stop at the intermediary stage – no 5 – half way up to get some refreshments (you will need it by this time) take in the views and then sum up your courage to complete the last leg. You have to take the lift at no 8 to the top. I particularly found taking the lift difficult. The lift is cut through the middle of the mountain and it was quite small. I could not work out how one would be rescued when the lift broke down! I decide not to think about it and shut my eyes until we reached the top.
And if that was not enough, I followed the small crowd through the long steel gallery to the very top where you are expected to be fearless and ‘step into the void” which was a 2.50m glass cage out over a 1,000m precipice! . So here is the mollywozhere photo! I did it!. It was indeed a once in a lifetime experience.
Wow, wow and wow! It really does get your adrenaline going. Don’t get me wrong, the views were spectacular but something inside your brain just stops you from “stepping into the void” while your legs give way and your stomach is not sure what to do! We were provided with a special pair of sleepers to wear to step into the glass cage and people offered to take your photo for you.
There are plenty of panoramic viewing areas to sit, walk around and taking it the spectacular views. It was simply breathtaking. There was still some snow on the mountain. And although it was summer, it was cold on the mountain so we wrapped up warm.
If you are looking for something daring, thrilling and unforgettable to experience, this is it. Also, they say confronting your fears is a good way to improve your self confidence. My self confidence went up 1000%!