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2019/05/16 Finlay Wild run Welsh 3000ers in 4hrs 10mins 48secs more info

2019/05/14 Finlay Wild run Snowdon Horseshoe record in 1h20m16s more info

2019/03/21 Jim Reynolds free solo up and down Fitz Roy, Aguja Saint Exupery and Rafael Suarez more info

2019/02/19 Léo Billon, Sébastien Ratel and Benjamin Védrines did the first one-day winter ascent of the Cassin on the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses. A few hours later, Caro North and Carlos Molina did the same more info

2019/02/18 François Cazanelli and Francesco Ratti link Fuggen at Matterhorn – Dent d’Herens – Grandes and Petites Murailles in 3 days (10h20 + 14h44) more info

2019/02/17 Karl Egloff and Nicolas Miranda climb Aconcagua south face in 24h50′ more info

2018/11/12 Jason Hardrath run car to car Cosmic Wall, Mt Hubris (CA) in 2h 13’52” more info

2018/10/18 Simon Gietl free solo Via Lacedelli SW Face of Cima Scotoni in 1h 32′ more info

2018/09/30 Filip Babicz climbs Integrale du Brouillard in 8h22′ more info

2018/09/16 Andy Steindl and François Cazzanelli climb up and down 4 riedges of Matterhorn in 16h04′ more info

2018/09/15 Sonia Regueiro run Anillo de Picos d’Europa in 26h 18′ more info

2018/09/05 Manu Merillas run up&down Espigüete in 1h21’20” more info

2018/09/03 Andras Steindl run Zermatt-Matterhorn-Zermatt in 3h59’52” more info

2018/09/01 Anton Krupicka run Tour de Traverses in Colorado more info

2018/08/20 Kilian Jornet climbs Integrale du Brouillard in 7h30′ more info

2018/08/16 François Cazanelli and Kilian Jornet link Cervinia-Grandes Murailles traverse- Cervinia in 10h59‘ more info

2018/08/12 Andrés Marin solo Trango Tower in less than 12h more info

2018/08/04 Finlay Wild run Cairngrom 4000ers in 3h52’59” more info

2018/08/03 Cody Lind run Idaho 14ers in 2h26′ more info

2018/08/01 Kyle Richardson runs LA Freeway in 16h28′ more info

2018/07/27 Dani Arnold Climb Walker spur in Grandes Jorasses in 2h04′ more info

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Who is who in Trail Running

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In a sport where every week end we think it is a “World Championship” and the misunderstanding of the sport comes from the multiple races at same time we will try to make a map of the different formats and circuits.

We can’t say it is unique Trailrunning world champion or best athlete, same as in cycling where it is a difference between time-trial, one-day “classic” races, Grand Tours… or in athletics it is 100m, 200m, 110m hurdles…marathon… in Trail running they’re different disciplines. So as we can’t put in the same jar Usain Bolt and eliud Kipchoge we can’t do the same for trailrunning athletes and races.

If some years ago it was many circuits who were overcoming each other, today the picture it is a bit more clear, with not many races of same discipline in different circuits / federations.

Few concepts: Short distance: under 20km- middle distance: 20-50km – long distance: 50-100km – Ultra: over 100km / Non technical: not speed decrease by terrain – Technical: speed decrease by terrain

Captura de pantalla 2018-05-30 a les 21.46.49List of Federations (3)

 

List of International Circuits (5)

List of Championships (6)

ELITE ATHLETES:

If we take endurance individual sports we can see that around 5% of the time of the 1st (World Best) it is the top elite (the ones who can fight for podium) and arround 10% we can consider elite runners. Here a work table about those in Trail running major races:

ELITE ATHLETES AND RACES

ITRA has an algorithm to calculate the best performances:  ITRA POINTS

 

Mountains and friends

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A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jed Brown messaged me to see if I was available to celebrate his birthday by having a barbecue on the summit of the Maiden.

The Maiden is a formation in the Boulder flatirons, an arresting slither of rock located on the southern side of the city’s Open Space and Mountain Parks. From its westerly aspect, the Maiden juts out into the sky resembling the head of a cobra. The easiest route to the top involves an exposed traverse across the north face, followed by a short scramble up the east face to a surprisingly large summit area surrounded with spectacular views- a perfect place for a barbecue.

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The initial impetus to host this aerial birthday party stemmed from Matthias Messner’s idea to have his birthday breakfast on the top of the First flatiron. Jed, being older than Matthias, figured he could one up him by picking a more dramatic location and replacing pancakes and coffee with sausages and margaritas. Jed’s email included a large number of friends and comments about the uncertain weather forecast. The Maiden would be one of the worst places to be stuck in a thunderstorm, particularly when needing to get over a dozen people off the top with an airy rappel. Needless to say, I was curious as to how this would all work out, but also excited for a fun evening.

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I was first introduced to Jed by a mutual friend from Alaska, Seth Adams, in an amusing message that read “Jed is my good friend who now lives in Boulder. He does math more than he oughta, but has, at times, demonstrated unusual talent at outdoor sports. Jed runs and skis and climbs. He does too much math, but was once the kind of alpinist that people talked about. Joe, you’re a charming fella. You probably have lots of friends. But Jed just does math, and is new to Boulder, and needs partners. I consider connecting him with ActualLivingHumans to be my duty. Once you scrape off the crust, Jed is a pretty good guy. If you can get him away from his computer, at least.”

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On his birthday, Jed had certainly gotten away from his computer. He awake at 3am to hike up Longs Peak and ski the north face with Jason Killgore, which is by no means a trivial undertaking. He was back in town before most us had drank our first cuppa. He most likely spent the morning solving math problems, went for a run at lunch and was now at the trailhead leading to the Maiden preparing gear for the evening ascent.

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Once the whole group has arrived, he shoulders a huge backpack filled with climbing gear, margarita mix, a grill, meats, veggies, and 4.5 kilos of ice to keep everything fresh. He leads us all up the trail with a determined stride. It’s warm and humid and the melting ice is already dripping from the bottom of his pack, soaking the back of his shorts. I daintily dodge a mud hole on the trail, while Jed plows right through it, sinking to his calves. The start of the climb is accessed via a steep, rocky trail which involves a unique passage squeezing through a hole in a small cave.

At the base of the climb, the weather looks threatening, with dark clouds rolling in all around. We seem to be in a small pocket of clear sky, but just as we decide to give the summit a go, Ely gets a series of severe weather warnings on his phone of flash flooding, tornados, and thunderstorms. No one is too attached to getting up the rock, preferring to stay safe and grill right there under the shadow of the Maiden.

Somehow the storm just swirls all around us, without ever raining on our parade and offering a stunning display of electric fireworks. The mood is light and festive. We spend a most wonderful evening filled with interesting conversation and good cheer.

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Shortly after dark, we make our way back down to the Mesa Trail and just as we reach it the storm finally hits us. Several of us start running, charging down the trail with reckless abandon in the pouring rain. Karl, who is with me, is hooting and hollering. We’re giggling like kids, skipping through the puddles and are drenched to the bones by the time we get back to the car. Regardless of one’s objective in the mountains, it is ever richer when spent with friends and as we part ways for the night, I am reminded of the words of Joss Naylor “I’ve found in the fells that there is a common purpose, whether I’ve been with a climber getting sheep off a crag, with a fell-runner or even with walking visitors, our bond is our love for these beautiful hills.”IMG_9216

Julien Irilli Speed solo paragliding

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Julien Irilli, born in Annecy (France) realized a proliferated summer in tha alps. In two months time he leave his marks on the North wall of the Jorasses and Matterhorn and the Supercouloir in Mont Blanc de Tacul, climbing (really fast) in solo and paragliding the descents.

Julien is a polyvalent athlete, climbing and paragliding guide, He climbs 8a with a preference for the long alpine routes, in ice climbing with a M11 grade he has been soloing some 5 and 6 ice routes as Polar Circus in Canada, Fil a Plomb, Carli-Chassagne in Chamonix… In Paragliding he has been France Champion and many times on top 10 on World Cup. He has been also racing on Speed ski world and european championships and racing on ski mountaineering and trail running races.

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4 september, Julien arrives in Zermatt early morning, at 11h30 he is in the foot of the North face. 4h30 after he is in the summit after climbing Schmid route (1100m – TD) Climbing down Hornli ridges he paraglides from Solvay to Zermatt.

here his narrative: http://www.voyages-escalade-parapente.fr/solo-en-face-nord-du-cervin-une-aventure-interieure/

14 september, 9h30 Julien paraglides from Aiguille de Midi, 10h he poses on Leschaux hut, 11h30 he starts climbing on Jorasses North face Colton / MacIntyre. 15H05 he is in Pointe Walker after 3h35 of climbing. at 15h30 he paraglides from the summit, landing on Chamonix at 16h.

here his narrative: http://www.voyages-escalade-parapente.fr/speed-solo-aux-jorasses-en-parapente-recit/

5 october, Julien climbs Supercouloir in Mont Blanc du Tacul (ED,5,5c,800m) in just 4h. 9h30: Aiguille du midi 10h15: starts Supercouloir 11h30: Attack Gervasutti 12h15: begining goulotte 15h: Summit of the route 15h30: summit du Mont Blanc du Tacul 16h30: back in Chamonix.

here his narrative: http://www.voyages-escalade-parapente.fr/speed-solo-parapente-au-supercouloir-du-mont-blanc-du-tacul-ed55c800m-4h/

Salomon X-Alp shoes

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Salomon on mountaineering?

As you remember, some years ago salomon was doing some ice-climbing shoes, some hight mountaineering boots…until they start focused on trail running. This year they launched the X-Alp products, as an first approach to mountaineering on light products.

X-alp shoes:

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– Running: Is not a good running shoe but you can really run approaches and fast downhills with good confort.

– Climbing: Is not a pure climbing shoe, but has a climbing part, grip on rocks is well.

– Protection / cold: is a completely waterproof shoe, it keeps warm on south faces and up to 4000m on the alps on some faces, but a bit colder in north faces on autumn or winter.

– Crampons: Is not a automatic crampons shoe but is possible to fix with automatic crampons and sure great with manual crampons.

A good compromise to do fast mountaineering.

more info: http://xalp.salomon.com

Couloirs Lyngen

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Here some great couloirs in Lyngen Alps:

NORTH LYNGEN

TROLLVASSTINDEN NW Couloir:

1000m (1440) 40-45°

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TROLLVASSTINDEN S Couloir

600m (1440) 45-50° really narrow, some parts less than 160cm, with 1 rappel or down climb to enter and another rappel 5m almost at the end. I skied in 2014

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 Stortinden N

500m (1512) narrow couloir, some parts 160cm. 50°

Also nice the traverse couloir from the summit, 40-45° for 600m. I skied in 2013.

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Trolltinden SW couloir

800m (1426m) 800m of the couloir, 1st 60 m from the summit really steep, 55°, then constant 40° with some narrow part in the middle. I skied in 2013 but I believe had been skied before.

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 Felix Couloir – Store Lenangstinden

900m (1625) 50° Andreas Franson skied in 2012 and says TD 5.3:  a really impressive couloir from the summit in the middle of the wall to a big icefall (2 50m rappels) and ski the exposed slabs to the left to enter in the last couloir.

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SOUTH LYNGEN

Rodbergtinden N face:  Godmother couloir

From Lyngseidet walk along the fjord to this evident couloir who finish on the pass. Nice ski for 1300m direct to the sea (35-40°)

On the right of Rodbergtinden, Andreas Franson skied in 2012 a evident line of 1000m of 50° with a small 30m rappel to pass a ice fall on the middle. A classic couloir.

 

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Rornestinden N face:

800m (1041m) 55° ski from the summit with some rocky parts to an evident pass, great steep ski with 2 small jumps to a small rappel of 10m and another great steep couloir to a steep part end with a jump to the last great couloir 40°

On the left side of the wall, another great line, with some steep parts 50° and some crossing in rock parts.

I skied in 2014

 

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Balggesvarri N face

600m (1627) 45 – 50° From between the 2 summits ski down in an avalanche exposed part, traversing some seracs and crossing right under some seracs crevasses to find the small and steep couloir who gives us to the plateau.

I skied in 2014, maybe some before.

 

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Jiehkkevarri East couloir:

1000m (1834) 40-45° from the south summit go to the pass (attention to overhangs) and ski a great line to the plateau. A classic couloir.

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Kveita N couloir:

500m 45° in Furuflaten glacier. I skied in 2014 probably done before.

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Gaskajiehkohkka N couloir

600m of great thin couloir 40° in furuflaten glacier. I skied in 2014, maybe skied before.

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Steinndalstinden

600m 50° in the middle of the two summits ski on the left side a large part to the last rock part, who is possible to rock ski on the very right side (downhill sense) or down climb.

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Guhkesgaisi N face

1000m (1580) 55° really constant and exposed. Ski a steep part following the rock spurs to enter in a down climbing traverse to a steep couloir who go down to the left (ski sense) and ends in a short ice fall (down climb 10m) and a traverse to the left under the ice and rock wall. I skied in 2014

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A great race!! the 2900 Alpine Run in Andorra

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take this date: October 17-19, 2014, 

The seven highest peaks of Andorra. In a row.70K & 6,700m of vertical for an alpine run like no other.

70K & 6,700m of vertical for an alpine run like no other.

Inspired by our FKT on Els 2900 route, we customized our track to add more ridge running and off track segments. Be ready to tackle one of the most incredible alpine route ever made for a runner. It’s hard and steep. Think averaging 1,000m of vertical variation every 5K. Yup, you read it right…

more infos here: http://www.els2900.com

Nil Cardona y Gerard Vila encadenan los corredores de Cambres d’Aze en 1h51

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Los esquiadores del Team Millet de esquí de montaña, residentes en la localidad francesa de Font-Romeu, tienen el circo de Cambre d’Aze como lugar frecuente de entrenamiento. La mayoría de sus sesiones se desarrollan en esta zona, por lo que su conocimiento del terreno ha facilitado la rápida progresión de la actividad. “Llevamos meses estudiando los corredores, visualizando qué recorrido sería el más rápido a seguir, la logística y esperando que las condiciones tanto meteorológicas como nivológicas fueran las adecuadas”, cuentan los esquiadores.

En estos momentos Gerard y Nil se encuentran en la parte final de la temporada de esquí de montaña, después de correr el Campeonato de España individual. “Después del Campeonato de España y con muchas carreras en las piernas, la fatiga ya se nota, la recuperación post-competición es más lenta y realizar esta actividad solo tres días después del Campeonato podía ser justo. En la montaña, las condiciones no esperan y las teníamos que aprovechar”.

El recorrido enlaza todos los corredores esquiables del circo con el menor tiempo y material posible. La salida se hizo desde el aparcamiento de la estación de esquí en Saint Pierre des Forcats, donde se puso en marcha el crono. La primera parte del recorrido transcurrió sobre las pistas de esquí hasta la cota 2.092 metros. Después siguió por el bosque hasta los pies del circo. Una vez allí, empezó la parte más técnica de la actividad, el ascenso y descenso, con esquís, de los siguientes corredores (por orden):

  • Corredor Vermiceille (270 m, 45°).
  • Corredor Eclair (240 m, 50°, IV mixto).
  • Corredor Bougnagas (250 m, 50°, IV mixto).
  • Corredor Gigoló (240 m, 50°, III mixto).
  • Variante Grandée Chimenée (240 m, 40°, III).

El orden de los corredores responde a la búsqueda del itinerario más directo para el encadenamiento y evitar perder tiempo en el desplazamiento entre los itinerarios, siguiendo el circo de oeste a este.

“Quisimos coger un ritmo fuerte en la primera subida para asegurar un buen tiempo, ya que es la parte del recorrido donde se podía ir más rápido. Llegamos arriba del Vermiceille en una hora justa, rebajando en 20 minutos los tiempos de entreno. Esto nos dio un margen para los tramos más técnicos”.

“Nuestras previsiones se movían en torno a las cuatro horas; bajar en tres horas no entraba dentro de los planes”

“Nuestras previsiones se movían en torno a las cuatro horas, bajar en tres horas no entraba dentro de los planes”

Por el contrario, en los tramos más técnicos se tuvieron que montar dos rápeles y utilizar crampones y piolet. “Sabíamos que en los tramos técnicos la gestión del tiempo era importante, las maniobras ya las llevamos entrenadas, con lo cual cada uno ya sabía lo que tenía que hacer para agilizar y complementarnos en las maniobras”.

Las bajadas también son una parte importante de la actividad, ya que estos corredores se suelen hacer solamente de subida y con la utilización de cuerda y material de alpinismo.

“Era necesario no forzar demasiado en la subida, reservar un punto pues las bajadas, que son técnicas y requieren concentración; no se puede fallar”

Material técnico.

  • Esquís y bastones de competición
  • Cuerda de 7 mm y 30 metros
  • Material para reunión (baga, mosquetones y empotradores)
  • Piolet técnico y crampones.

Font: http://desnivel.com/esqui/nil-cardona-y-gerard-vila-encadenan-los-corredores-del-circo-de-cambre-draze-en-2-horas-y-51-minutos