Two Trails, Three Runs – SPARC Trail Running Talk 12/12/17. My UTMB and TTR experience

In 1991 I pitched my tent in the same spot as far more famous climber from South Africa had done 8 years before. Chamonix is the birth place of alpinism and modern mountain travel. The view from Snell’s Field camp site at sunset up the Mer du Glas to the Dru was and still is inspiring. IContinue reading “Two Trails, Three Runs – SPARC Trail Running Talk 12/12/17. My UTMB and TTR experience”

“When is enough, enough?” Ian asked

I close my eyes in the crowd, in that town square, in that time. Vangelis is playing – Chamonix town square at the start of UTMB I can still feel the tears now, many years later. The point of life is to grow and to have fun. If you can have fun while growing thenContinue reading ““When is enough, enough?” Ian asked”

What is your sound track today?

What is the rhythm that runs in your veins? Much echo in the far off distance or a loud choir? The lump in my throat from Chamonix town square five years ago has not gone. Daddy what did you leave behind for me? Mother do you think they’ll try to break my balls? Is it RoryContinue reading “What is your sound track today?”

Running the TMB – Guide to a circumnavigation around Mont Blanc and a traverse through three countries!

 Chamonix is the staging ground for many mountain adventures. Mont Blanc (Western Europe’s highest peak at 4810m) towers above town. Mont Blanc also defines the border between Italy and France.   The adventure I describe here is the Trail du Mont Blanc. This is a multi-day hiking trail which starts in the Chamonix valley andContinue reading “Running the TMB – Guide to a circumnavigation around Mont Blanc and a traverse through three countries!”

utmb 2010 in pictures

  Chamonix Valley: peaks on the left are: Les Drus, Aiguile du Midi (furthest right of the spikes) and Mont Blanc (highest peak in Western Europe) UTMB runs down the valley and finishes high on the slopes on the right.   UTMB Leg 1: View down the valley from Chamonix showing Les Houches and theContinue reading “utmb 2010 in pictures”