North Face Ultra Trail

A good friend of mine completed the North Face Ultra Trail this year. He’s done a great write-up that really brings the whole thing into perspective. I’m so impressed.

… The longest individual event is also the oldest of the four – and is named after a popular hiking circuit around Europe’s highest peak, Mt Blanc.  The UTMB race is “usually” (organizers change the route depending on weather conditions) 166 km long and involves a cumulative ascent of 9,500 meters and the same elevation descent as the route loops around Mt Blanc to finish at its start.  To put this in perspective, Mt Everest is 8,848 meters. Although the highest peak is a  “mere” 2,537 meters, there are about ten serious mountains to climb (and descend) before making it back to the start line…

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