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Guidebook to exploring the classic trail running regions around the Mont Blanc massif, visiting France, Switzerland and Italy. 40 runs are graded by terrain, from wide trails to technical skyrunning, with information on ascent/descent and distance. Includes the 168km ultra-trail of Mont Blanc as well as shorter day runs.
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A guidebook describing 40 trail running routes in the Chamonix Valley and around the Mont Blanc massif, visiting France, Switzerland and Italy. The routes, which range from 3.8km (2½ miles) to 168km (104½ miles), are graded from 1 to 5 and categorised as trail running, fell running or skyrunning. Starting from Chamonix, Les Houches, Servoz, Champex, Courmayeur, Orsières and Vallorcine among others, and covering classic ultra trail routes as well as shorter day runs, there is something for every runner.
Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping and route profiles, with notes on safety and useful tips for runners. Also included is a comprehensive equipment checklist plus information on running at altitude, adapting to the Alps, navigation, maps and mountain safety. GPX files for all routes are available for download after you have purchased a book by logging in to your Cicerone account.
Renowned as a mecca for trail runners, the Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc region is home to some of the greatest trail running races in the world, including the Tor des Géants and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. The landscape, with its dramatic mountain scenery and ethereal vistas, offers diverse trail options and true adventure – the perfect playground for this exhilarating sport.
Route 6: La Jonction - Due to path erosion, and some unstable moraines overlying rock, there are several sections of paths on the ascent to Col Corbeau, which are especially delicate after heavy rains. On wet days, runners are advised to use the descent route described both for the ascent and descent of the route, as these trails are in the best maintained condition.
Route 8: Chamonix Marathon - The final two kilometres of this route have been slightly changed, to move the finish slightly up the hillside to the top of the Teleski du Stade. This improvement is much welcomed by runners, as you finish on single track trails, rather than a stony 4x4 track. The route from La Flegere is as before until you reach the 4x4 track beneath the cables of the Telesiege du Col Cornu. Here you run diagonally L across the big track, and turn R onto the Tour du Pays du Mont Blanc path. This climbs in a rising traverse, around the bowl of the Montagne de Parsa, to reach the finish line just above the Teleski du Stade.
Route 37: UTMB - The 2015 and 2016 editions of the UTMB race have added an additional climb to the route that is not mentioned in the guidebook. After the initial c.200m descent from the Col de la Seigne, instead of descending directly to Lac Combal, the route now turns N to cross the higher of the two Col des Pyramides Calcaires at c.2650m. It then descends E to Refugio Elisabetta Soldini before rejoining the standard route to Lac Combal. This section begins with a vague path on grass that shortly turns into extremely rough scree and snowfields (depending on the season). The descent is very technical steep scree, on a path that becomes clearer and broader as the descent continues.
|The Chamonix Mont Blanc region|
|Bases for a trail running holiday|
|Travelling to the Alps|
|Travelling around the Chamonix valley and region|
|Weather and forecasts|
|Safety and mountain rescue|
|Mountain running in the Alps|
|What’s different about running in the Alps?|
|Adapting to the Alps|
|Using this guide|
|Route 1 Mer de Glace|
|Route 2 River track to Argentière|
|Route 3 Merlet|
|Route 4 La Flégère|
|Route 5 Refuge Moëde Anterne|
|Route 6 La Jonction|
|Route 7 Chamonix Vertical KM|
|Route 8 Marathon du Mont Blanc|
|Route 9 80km du Mont Blanc|
|Vallorcine valley start|
|Route 10 Lac d’Emosson|
|Route 11 Col de la Terrasse|
|Route 12 Albert Premier|
|Route 13 Aiguilles Rouges|
|Route 14 Mont Buet|
|Les Houches/Servoz start|
|Route 15 Le Brévent|
|Route 16 Le Prarion|
|Route 17 Col de Tricot|
|Route 18 Lac Vert|
|Route 19 Charousse|
|Outside Chamonix valley|
|Route 20 Nid d’Aigle|
|Route 21 Refuge de Doran|
|Route 22 Mont Truc|
|Route 23 Mont Joly|
|Route 24 Refuge de Tré-le-Tête|
|Route 25 Tête Nord des Fours|
|Route 26 Mont de l’Arpille|
|Route 27 Croix de Fer|
|Route 28 Fenêtre d’Arpette|
|Route 29 Cabane d’Orny|
|Route 30 Mont Fourchon|
|Route 31 Cols Fenêtre and Chevaux|
|Route 32 Mont de la Saxe|
|Route 33 Tête Entre Deux Sauts|
|Route 34 Italian Val Ferret|
|Route 35 Col d’Arp|
|Route 36 Punta della Croce|
|International race recces|
|Route 37 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB)|
|Route 38 Orsières, Champex, Chamonix (OCC)|
|Route 39 Courmayeur, Champex, Chamonix (CCC)|
|Route 40 Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS)|
|Appendix A Useful contacts|