This week we caught up with ultrarunner Iain’s progress following not one, but two, epic forays: the Eiger Trail followed by a 4-day recce of the UTMB.
The Eiger Trail
First up was the Eiger Trail 51. This is the baby brother of the epic Eiger Trail 101, but a challenging 51km route nevertheless as it snakes around the foot of the iconic and imposing Eiger in Switzerland. Iain reported:
Whether it was slogging up snowy alpine passes, or hopping between roots on wooded descents, the Eiger Trail has plenty to test keen trail runners.
Iain shared his kit lay, giving an interesting insight into a carefully thought out array of lightweight, durable, useful and sometimes life-saving items that help travel the distance while adding minimal extra weight.
This is a highly tuned package, refined through experience over the course of many a trail – worth taking note.
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You can watch Iain’s report here and read his article in Trail Running Magazine.
The UTMB Recce
Next on the agenda as part of Iain’s preparations for the UTMB, was a 4 day fastpacking recce of the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc route. Lots of interesting little details here for anyone planning to take part in this race.
Carrying a bigger pack than normal, Iain’s kit included 24 gels and some extra clothes, chargers and overnight gear as this is an unsupported trip. His video report documents the journey up from St Gervais on the way to Les Contamines. As you will see, he went wrong a couple of times but whilst a path can be corrected, time is of the essence during a race. It will of course be signposted on the day so should help to keep everyone on the right track.
Some pretty steep sections represented a challenge in themselves but offered a great opportunity to evaluate pacing.