In 2012 I had the pleasure of reporting from The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc following The North Face athlete Jez Bragg around the course as he attempted to repeat his 2010 win. (Link to blog). In 2013 I'll be back but to attempt the CCC, a shorter version of the main event featuring a 100km route from Courmayer to Chamonix via Champex with 5950m of ascent

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Running the TMB slowly!

 Mont Blanc from the Italian side
20 years ago I walked the Tour du Mont Blanc with CCOPS, my college outdoor pursuits society. It was a great trip but an 80 litre rucksack full of camping kit and 4 season boots meant it was a hard challenge spread over 11 days. In August 2012 a quick alpine break allowed us to trot around the classic 110 mile circuit in under 7 days with a tiny pack and fell shoes.We mixed and matched a few short days with a couple of monsters and took all the high level options we could. Lots more photos on my Flickr page.

Very little snow left on the high passes

Stunning scenery above Contamine

Great views of Mont Blanc on day 3

Mont Blanc from above Courmayer

The climb out on Courmayer
Approaching the Refuge Elena for the world's best chocolate chaud!

Climbing towards the final col

A friendly Ibex
The Aiguillle du Midi from Chamonix at journeys end

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