Saturday, March 28, 2009
Mount Blanc Race Attack
Be sure to tune in to the Mount Blanc Race Attack that is planned for the 30th of April. The goal is to break both the ski/speed climbing record and the over all speed climbing record from Chamonix to Mt Blanc's summit and return. Nicolas Bonnet of France and Matteo Eydallin of Italy will attempt to break the record of Swiss mountaineer Pierre-André Gobet- 5hr 10min. If successfully they will break the speed climb/ski record set by Pierre Gignoux and Stephan Brosse- 5hr 15min. While I really enjoy ski mountaineering racing a lot, it is this kind of skiing that really gets me excited, taking the skills learnt in races to the big mountains! More details can be found HERE
"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966