Nathalie Mauclair, world trail running champion places 3rd at the 2014 UTMB!Since we often refer to the UTMB® as the great race, we can also say the same about this year's frontrunners who established themselves as veritable thoroughbreds. Beyond pure performance, the event offered an amazing atmosphere from start to finish among organizers and volunteers, between runners and those supporting them. An overwhelmingly successful 2014 edition all around!
2014 UTMB: one start after the other, but no two races are alike!TDS, OCC, CCC UTMB… although they started one after the other, each race has its own distinct personality. This very Friday, August 29, 2014, Courmayeur sounded the starting gun of the CCC, while in Chamonix racers were busy preparing for the UTMB to start later in the evening. A quick summary and photos of the different UTMB races.
TDS® 2014, an always surprising race that stays true to itselfWednesday, August 27, 2014, runners in the TDS® [Traces des Ducs de Savoie] darted off on a course that was both wild - the semi-self-sufficient 119 km race with 7250 m of vertical gain crossed through three regions - and extremely friendly through the warm welcome that volunteers provided at each aid station. Xavier Thévenard's victory in the men's category marked a historic triple crown and the women's race experienced a surprisingly painful fallout. In the end Teresa Nimez Perez stood on the top step of the podium. Report from the event to understand the reality of this unique race.
Ultrarunner Adam Campbell on being struck by lightingPetzl team ultrarunner Adam Campbell, of Canada, recently finished third in the infamous Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run, which plots a grueling course through Southern Colorado's San Juan mountains, gaining and losing 33,992 vertical feet in the process. Impressive as that may be, it isn’t the big story here. Most remarkable is the fact that Adam and his pacer, Aaron Heidt, were struck by lighting on Handies Peak (14,000 feet), at mile 56 of the race, and he still powered to third place in a very stacked field.
Caving: adventures in KabyliaIn spring 2014, Phil Bence and his partners in adventure took off to explore two caves in the Djurdjura Range in Kabylia. This Algerian mountain range is a karst area well-known among cavers worldwide. Two of the deepest caves in Africa are located there: Anou Iflis (-1200 m) and Anou Boussouil (-805 m). The primarily mountainous topography also hosts a diverse ecosystem whose extensive biodiversity is protected by several national parks.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy: a successful 3rd edition!This year, the Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy brought together 350 participants from 17 countries! High-level athletes and regular mountain sports enthusiasts showed up to share and to improve their technique over the course of several activities and workshops organized by Arc'teryx, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, and other event partners.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy: a successful 3rd edition!This year, the Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy brought together 350 participants from 17 countries! High-level athletes and regular mountain sports enthusiasts showed up to share and improve their technique during several activities and workshops organized by Arc'teryx, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, and other event partners.
An ice and mixed climbing expedition with Philippe Batoux: "Canada Dry" on ice!Every three years Philippe Batoux, high mountain guide and professor at ENSA (France's elite guide school), trains five young aspiring mountaineers in every alpine discipline: free and aid climbing, ice climbing, snow and mixed routes. An expedition always caps off the series of training clinics. This year, Maël Baguet, Kevin Peyre, Yoan Foulon, Eric Jamet, and Dimitry Munoz traveled with him to Canada.
Expedition report by Philippe Batoux...