A farmer and crystal prospector, Jacques Balamat was born in Chamonix on 19 January 1762. He searched relentlessly for a way to climb Mont Blanc and was the first to reach the summit on 8 August 1786 with Doctor Michel-Gabriel Paccard. Together they reached the “roof of Europe” at 6:23 pm and remained there for 30 minutes. In 1787 he also guided Horace-Bénédict de Saussure. A mineral aficionado, Balmat accompanied naturalists in the Alps and died at the Cirque du Fer in Cheval in 1834.
(78) Balmat, first to ascend Mont Blanc, pointing out his route to Saussure, Chamonix [M. S. Emery] [ripresa], Underwood & Underwood [edizione]
Chamonix Mont-Blanc France 1786 août 1986 France bicentenaire de la première ascension du mont Blanc