A short drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy where Gairy and I checked out the trails at La Thuile the location for the FATMTN event – a couple of hours riding with the trails to ourselves followed by the best spaghetti Bolognese known to mankind at La Grotta.
We then took a spin up the Val Ferret to lay eyes on the Col Ferret ie the crux of my trip – unsure of how stable the snow is on the Col itself I will be waiting until later in the season and hoping that conditions improve.
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Fatbikes are misunderstood, but Geoff Harper gets it. He’s planning to cycle the Tour du Mont Blanc, in winter, on his 9:Zero:7 Whiteout Carbon.
It’s never been done before, and I’m seriously excited to be partnering with Geoff to provide what promises to be some stunning imagery and the story of this unique challenge. Fatbikes have their naysayers, primarily because people insist on riding them to work so they look cool (or foolish dependent on your perspective). But this challenge is what they’re built for. Despite having no suspension, they’re mountain bikes. For mountains. And we hope this project will put the whole fatbike phenomenon in the right context; extending what is possible on a bike when the mountains are cold.
There are many variations of the TdMB, but all take in 3 countries, around 170km, and 10km of…
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A 4×4 track gains around 1000m over 5km – the first 1.5km was gravel and dirt.
Half-way up with around 3 inches of snow on the ground the view of Chamonix was a nice reprieve.
Once on top at -8C/18F and with a definite wind blowing I set up camp fast, eager to see how the Hilleberg Unna tent, Western Mountaineering Versalite sleeping bag and the Klymit Static Insulated sleeping pad performed.
All three worked extremely well, minimal frosting/moisture accumulation inside the tent, base layers dry within an hour of being in the bag and plenty warm, the pad which I placed on a 3/4 length thermarest was both comfortable and did not transfer any cold up into my back.
All told a great 1st snow adventure in my new locale!!