PTL? (La Petite Trotte ? Léon)
The PTL? allows you to discover, while trail running and as a team, the most beautiful sites, the most inaccessible, the most engaging passages along the high paths of the Mont-Blanc massif. Despite the fatigue you will be blown away by the beauty of the sun rising on the shrouded mountains. The flamboyance of the setting sun on the sharp peaks will give your team strength and you will understand that together, it is always possible to go further…
Beware, when tempted by the adventure: it is necessary to have experience of endurance sports, a good knowledge of the mountains and topography, a sense of solidarity and a team spirit. This route is not way-marked! It is simply mapped: GPS tracks and maps are supplied
The itinerary taken by the Petite Trotte ? Léon includes technical passages very much more difficult than those encountered in most other trail races (notably the UTMB?). It requires a very good knowledge of the mountain environment.
The route is NOT WAY-MARKED and is often FAR FROM INHABITED ZONES. It is to be realised in COMPLETE AUTONOMY.
So as to progress in security competitors must be able to navigate with a GPS and also have sufficient knowledge in map reading, the use of a compass and of an altimeter. They must also be able to confront bad weather conditions, lack of sleep, fatigue, cold, heat, hunger, thirst…
The 2015 PTL? takes place in the mid and high mountain, away from well-trodden paths, sometimes inexistent and as a team. This event is not a race, it has no ranking, it is to be realised in total autonomy by inseparable groups of 2 or 3 participants. It is more of a team challenge than a personal one. This specificity not only highlights your capacity as a trail-runner, but above all the human values which forge lasting friendships, when pushing oneself to the limit for others.
Teams manage their progression, their refreshments and their rest times as they wish. To do this they may use the infrastructure of the life-bases, the mountain huts (refuges) and the localities they pass (no followers’ vehicles or assistance teams).
Characteristics of the 2015 PTL?
Around 300 km and 26 000 m of positive altitude change
Number of refreshment posts:
in complete autonomy
3 life bases
Date, time and start location
Monday 24th of august at 17:30, center of Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Number of runners
Race limited to 250 runners