Mont Blanc is a popular mountain to climb, perhaps because it is not as challenging as other major peaks. About 20,000 people every year climb Mont Blanc, most of whom follow one of several established routes. Each route has permanent cabins established for climbers to spend the night. The record climbing speed on Mont Blanc is 5.17 hours up and back, accomplished by a Swiss named Pierre-André Gobet.
The fact that access to Mont Blanc is relatively easy is exemplified by some of the remarkable activities that have taken place. First, cabin structures have been built on the mountain since scientist Joseph Vallot built his cabin near the summit at the close of the 19th century. An observatory was built on Mont Blanc’s summit in 1893, although it eventually collapsed in 1909.
A pilot by the name of Henri Giraud landed an airplane on the summit in 1960. one of the most bizarre activities on the mountain was the setting up of a hot tub at the summit in 2007. It took a group of 20 people to carry up the tub and equipment to run it.