And so it begins. The team left the Chamonix church to start their epic traverse.

Statistics

2,311

m

66

m

30

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Extreme

Description

And so it begins, the epic Ultra Traverse de la Mer de Glace. Day 1 was always going to be big - the bags are heavy and it is a long way up into the alpine from town. Starting from the church in the centre of town, Fred and Benj climber 2300m over 8 hours.

The recent storm packed a real punch with rock plastered with snow from just 2700m - a big change from the heatwave last week. Tomorrow is going to be a challenge to say the least after today's warm temperatures softened the snow and tonight's refreeze. Let's see..