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August 2017 - monthly newsletter and course reports
The photos above really sum up our summer season so far; lots of successful groups on Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in the Alps, as well as Mount Elbrus in the Russian Caucasus. Also it's been our busiest season for Alpine trail running, with groups completing a full 170km Ultra Trail Mont Blanc recce in four days, and other groups enjoying the best trail running in the Mont Blanc massif above Chamonix. As we move into the last few weeks of our Alpine summer season, we review the final spaces...
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Mont Blanc 4810m summit, £1499
This summer has seen record numbers of clients reaching the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. We have just 2 final spaces this summer, on the week of 20-26 August. The week is designed to acclimatise you as much as possible, before a summit bid from the Gouter hut, the highest mountain hut on the mountain. Our week is flexible to help maximise your chance of success.
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Classic Tour Mont Blanc trek, £899
Walk every step of the TMB, staying in mountain huts each night of the trek. Over 7 days of guided trekking, this is the tough original trek, which will appeal to regular hill walkers. It's the connoisseurs choice, for those who believe in the ethics of completing every inch of the tour, and tackling all the high passes. Final spaces on 26 Aug - 3 Sep (2 spaces), on this tour led by Rob.
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Chamonix Trail Running week, £699
Chamonix is the Alpine mecca for trail running, and our weeks show you some of the best trails and views in this amazing massif. Run on beautiful sections of iconic races, such as the UTMB, Vertical km, and marathon routes. The last spaces this summer are on the week of 20-26 August 2017, and this week is led by @KingsleyJones, author of the Cicerone trail running guidebook to the area.
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Icicle worldwide mountain news
Chamonix mountain rescue member Jeff Mercier has climbed a new route on the Aiguille du Midi, link. Russian ice climber Pavel Batuschev caught doping, link. Alpkit takes over the closed Adventure Peaks Marmot Ambleside store, link. Harvery Mannings real life Rum Doodle-esque hoax, link.Katie Bono set a staggering female fastest known time on Denali, of 21 hr and 6 min return, link.
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  Final course spaces this summer
These trips are guaranteed, fully bonded, and can be booked online for immediate confirmation. We also have a waiting list for people looking to build a bespoke trip, to share guiding. Get in touch...

20-26 Aug - climb - Alpine Intro - £899 (1 space) - itinerary
20-26 Aug - run - Chamonix Trails - £699 (2 spaces) - itinerary
20-26 Aug - climb - Mont Blanc - £1499 (2 spaces) - itinerary
26 Aug-3 Sep - trek - Tour Mont Blanc - £899 (2 spaces) - itinerary
27 Aug-2 Sep - climb - Autonomy - £999 (1 space) - itinerary
27 Aug-2 Sep - climb - Eiger - £1699 (2 spaces) - itinerary
27 Aug-2 Sep - climb - Matterhorn - £1799 (2 spaces) - itinerary
1-10 Sep - climb - Elbrus North - £1499 (3 spaces) - itinerary
3-9 Sep - climb - Dufourspitze - £1499 (2 spaces) - itinerary
22 Sep-1 Oct - climb - Elbrus North - £1499 (3 spaces) - itinerary

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Mont Blanc Ultra Trail recce film
Here's a 60 second edit of the huge 170km race recce, with 10000m of height gain, that our group ran a couple of weeks ago. They were guided by Kingsley, and followed the full race route, as all the participants had spaces in the UTMB races at the end of the month. Trip itinerary, click here

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