The North Face Ultra-Trail du Tour du Mont-Blanc, CHAMONIX


Directions: Discover the magic of Mont Blanc while crossing successively 3 countries (France, Italy and Switzerland)
The longest race and most difficult of Europe : 155 km - for a positive difference in altitude of 8500m
The Departure is at 8H PM - August 27, 2004 in Chamonix (F) Then you run to Les Houches, Saint Gervais, Les Contamines, Bourg Saint Maurice (Les Chappieux), Then Courmayeur in Italy, then La Fouly et Champex (Orsières) in Swizzerland, Trient, then you come back in France at Vallorcine for arrive in Chamonix. The maximum time to do that is 44 H 00.
3 countries, 7 valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 tops... the fascination of the country of Mont Blanc. 
August 27, 2004.  It is 20h and we are nearly 2000 to share the same dream:   making the turn of Mont Blanc in less than two days.  Each one of us carefully prepared during long months.  In spite of the disproportion of the race, we are allright because we know that nearly 500 voluntary take part in the same adventure, ready to offer with passion their assistance and their comfort in a spirit of division and friendship.  We will live an adventure out of time!  With the moonlight, we will skirt the « Aiguille de Bionnassay » and will cross the « Col du Bonhomme ».  To the raising sun, we will pass the « Col de la Seigne » and will penetrate in Italy in the magic of the « Val Veni » dominated by the « Noire de Peuterey » and the glaciers which go down from the Mont Blanc.  Later will come the « Val Ferret », kept by the « Dent du Géant » and the « Grandes Jorasses » before arriving, finally, in Switzerland and enjoying its carefully preserved environment.  It will be necessary  for us to support tiredness, to overcome our doubts and our anguishes.  Some among us, having pushed back their limits to the extreme, will prefer to stop while keeping whole the hope to buckle the full rotation another time.  Their exploit will be rewarded and recorded in the complete classification of the race.  The others, will cross « Bovine » and the « Tseppes ».  Then, faces with the « Aiguille Verte », the vertical of the « Drus » and the majesty of Mont Blanc, they will descend to the arrival in the heart of Chamonix.

Trail Information: Ultra Trail / 155 km / The longest race and most difficult of Europe : positive difference in altitude of 8500m and négative one, 8500m also.
The Departure is at 8H PM - August 27, 2004 in Chamonix (F) Then you run to Les Houches, Saint Gervais, Les Contamines, Bourg Saint Maurice (Les Chappieux), Then Courmayeur in Italy, then La Fouly et Champex (Orsières) in Swizzerland, Trient, then you come back in France at Vallorcine for arrive in Chamonix. The maximum time to do that is 44 H 00.

Miscellaneous Information: 3 great bases of acceuil on the course with hot meals, doctors, kiné, podologists, showers, possibility of rest.
Race of full nature mainly borrowing the international path of Great Excursion of the Turn of Mont Blanc (GR. TMB)
Race in mountain requiring a good knowledge of the environment, a specific preparation and an adapted material. 
Obligatory material : minimum reserve of water 1 liter, two lamps with spare batteries, cover of survival, whistle, food reserve, adhesive elastic band, impermeable jacket allowing to support the bad weather in mountain, sticking, cap, passport

LES TRAILERS DU MONT BLANC : Catherine Poletti