Mont Buet ⇑

running Mont Buet

Mont Buet   ⇑A journey through different zones, huge vertical, a ridgeline traverse and a summit with some of the Alps’ best views→ 25km↑ 2200mΔ 3096M ♦ DifficultCCWI knew Mont Buet from skiing. It’s a classic that feels remote and has a massive view of the Alps, not just of the Chamonix region, but as far as the Matterhorn. The word …

Tête Rousse Hut ⇑

Tête Rousse Hut   ⇑Big up and big down, not to a summit, but to a hut. Lots of running down Mont Blanc.→ 23km↑ 2110mΔ 3150M ♦ DifficultΘ Out & BackThis run is a bit unusual for us. Normally, we’d always go to a summit and not use a hut as the objective. But, being Mont Blanc, with all the many complications …

Sentier des Gardes

The Sentier des GardesTight, runnable, forest singletrack perfect for an easier day→ 17km↑ ~950mΔ 1685M ♦ MediumΘ CCWSome days you just want to go for a trail run that skips the grueling up and body beating down. It’s not easy in Chamonix, where the nature of the place is steep. Which is probably exactly what you signed up for. But if …

The Chamonix Vertical Kilometer

The Chamonix Vertical KilometerTest yourself on the Chamonix VK→ 8km↑ 1050mΔ 2050M ♦ MediumΘ CCWStarting right at the launch point for so many grand adventures, Chamonix’s church, is the Chamonix vertical kilometer, or VK. The trail zigs and zags directly beneath the Brevent Tramline to it’s mid-station at Planpraz for almost exactly 1000 meters in just about 3.8km. Math reveals that …

Chamonix Grand Balcon Nord

Chamonix Grand Balcon NordAccessed right from town, this is the Chamonix classic that lets you get up and close to the Aiguilles.→ 18km↑ 1400mΔ 2200M ♦ MediumΘ CWChamonix’s two Grand Balcons are the classic playgrounds for runners and hikers. The names are confusing as the Nord is actually on the south side of the valley, but as it faces north, it …

Gare des Glaciers

Chamonix Gare des GlaciersA steeper trail with more vertical and clean views of Mont Blanc leads to the Plan de l’Aiguille→ 16km↑ 1700mΔ 2589M ♦ MediumΘ Out & BackThe Gare des Glaciers Trail is one of the steeper, longer trails to the Grand Balcon Nord Traverse Trail. Like the Grand Balcon Nord, the route is accessed from Chamonix’s town center. A quick …

Chamonix Le Tour Trail

Trail running Le Tour trails, Chamonix, France

Le Tour: Quick access to the alpine worldA steep moraine to a flowing descent in a stunning landscape→ 10km↑ 1240mΔ 2702M ♦ MediumΘ CCWA perfectly defined, steep moraine trail sits like a beacon above the tiny ski village of Le Tour, just up the valley from Chamonix. In the same way climbers seek beautiful lines up peaks or walls, runners seek uniquely …

La Jonction Chamonix

Trail running La Jonction, Chamonix, France

La Jonction: One of the Chamonix Mega-ClassicsOut and backs aren’t always ideal, but in this case, you get twice the viewing time→ 16km↑ 1700mΔ 2589M ♦ MediumΘ Out & BackLa Jonction is one of the Chamonix runs you send people to if they have limited time in the valley, want heaps of vertical, and hope to see the big mountains up close. …

Glacier Haute Route ⇑

Running the Chamonix to Zermatt Glacier Haute Route

Glacier Haute Route: The Chamonix to Zermatt Classic!Not just for skiers or hikers   ⇑→ 88km    ↑ 6000mΔ 3710M ♦ HardΘ Point-to-PointWhy we ran the Glacier Haute route…It wasn’t until after we were off the glaciers and fine, that I let go of the “What are we doing? Should we be out here?” I couldn’t decide if my apprehension was justified or not. Was …