|A nice morning. View from Hotel Richemond. (src: morphogenetically)|
Yesterday we did the last 14 km of Mont-Blanc Cross and Mont-Blanc Marathon (the tracks are more or less the same, except for the marathon track having an extra 19 km loop). We ran from Argentière (1250m) to Planpraz (2050 m). There are a few sketchy areas where you better not trip over, and there are many vertical meters to climb. A couple of words describe the track though: hard and magnificent. The view, as you can see on the pictures below, is very scenic.
I found it hard running yesterday. Legs like concrete, breath like Darth Vader. Even though I did a lot of walking it was tiring. From what I now know I assume that it will take me about three hours to complete "the Cross", on a good day. One hour for the first 9 km, two hours for the last 14 km. I'm having a painful right big toe at the moment, which might cause me problems. But with a few days rest from running I hope it will get a lot better.
|Elevation from Argentière to Planpraz, the last 14 km of the Cross and the Marathon.|
The Mont Blanc Cross June 29th 2013 : The 35th edition : 23 KM
Starting from the paragliding landing field the route climbs steadily towards the upper valley, progressively passing through the hamlets of "les Bois" and Lavancher before reaching Argentière (1250m). In Argentière you continue towards Le Planet (the same itinerary as the Marathon).You will arrive in the hamlet of Tré le Champ, a pretty village found right before the Col des Montets, from where you will then go via the Balcon Sud. After crossing the magnificent Charlanon comb (1812m) the climb is gentle at first. The gradient increases until just before the arrival at Planpraz (2050 m) giving one of the most beautiful views of the Mont-Blanc.