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Reco of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.... with Jon Morgan!!!

Hi again,
The preparation for the UTMB 2011 keeps going.
This weekend, together with my friend Jon Morgan, that is also running the UTMB 2011, we decided to go for a 'reco' of the UTMB trails.
2 days of amazing trails, astonishing views and a lot of sweat!!!!

Chamonix Summer 2011: lots of fun and the UTMB is coming.....

The summer finally arrived in Chamonix and in the Alps.... after this last Sunday, temperatures are very warm and the weather has been great.
Lots of trainning sessions and a few competitions are on the way.... all these with one single objective, prepare the UTMB 2011.
Competitions Summer Season 2011:
- 17 Jul: Tour Mont Blanc, Road bike
- 30 Jul: 6000D, Trail
- 14 Aug: Sierre Zinal, Trail
- 26 Aug: UTMB, Trail

Y Couloir, Aiguille d'Argentiere, Chamonix Mont Blanc area

The ski mountaineering competition season is finished, now it's time to enjoy the mountains... today (in a not great weather day) we decided to climb again the Aiguille d'Argentière. But this time we headed for the Y couloir. It's a 400m couloir on the E face of the Aiguille de Argentiere. The conditions were great, the snow was hard and we progressed really fast.

Pierra Menta 2011 - News, Photos, Videos... all here!!!

Pierra Menta 2011. The biggest ski mountaineering/alpinism competition is approaching. From the 17 to 20 March 2011, in Areches Beaufort (France) it will take place the most amazing and most fun ski alpinism race in the world.

Les Courtes (3856m), NNE Couloir, 9 Mar 2011

Incredible, it's the only word that i can say when i look at the weather in the Alps this year.
I can't remember that last time that snow fell in Chamonix, the weather has been simply perfect. Amazing blue sky sunny days!!!
Of course that we must take advantage of these conditions, stay concentrated at work is very hard at the moment :-)

Rest day Ski Touring at the Pointe Bernarde in Val Ferret (Italy)

Nice good weather day in tha Alps. Perfect for a ski touring day with friends.
We were planning to ski the Rutor in Itlay but at the end we decided to avoid driving so long and we went to the next valley across the border in Italy.

Final day of the World Championship Ski Mountaineering Claut 2011 + Video

Hi again,

The World Championships are finished and I'm now back at home in Chamonix Mont Blanc.

The balance of the competition was positive because it's always great to compete amoung the best athletes in the world. The experience acquired was also huge and I learned a lot just by the fact of being there.

Here's the final results of the 5 race's:

Vertical Race Results Claut 2011 - World Championships

Today was the 3rd day of these Ski Mountaineering World Championships in Claut (Italy). It was the day of the Vertical Races...

Today's Vertical race was quite flat... only 540m of altitude gain. So waxing the skins was very important.
The race was won by the spanish Kilian Jornet (24m46s). And in the women's category the spanish Mireai Miro is the new World Champion.

News from the World Championships 2011: Team Race (20 Feb 2011)

Hi everybody,

Today it was the 1st day of the World Championships Claut 2011. It snowed a lot last week and the Organising Committee decided to postpone the Sprint (suppossed to happen yesterday and will take place next Wednesday).

Verte à l'Envers & Sybelles

Another 2 ski alpinism races in the last week.... results were ok if we consider that I'm a bit tired. Have been training a lot to be well prepared for the World Championships.

The first race was a night vertical race, the famous Verte à l'Envers in Les Houches. 870m of uphill on a ski slope. I finished in 43m56s but I was 1m slower than last year...

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