Tahoe Wilderness Medicine in the Alps

Guided By

Emily Geldard

Tour dates August 2-8, 2020

Summary

We've partnered with Tahoe Wilderness Med for a unique trip combining trail running and wilderness medical skills. A trip for both professionals and anyone interested in backcountry medicine - continuing ed credit is available.

Date

August 2-8, 2020

Length

7 days, 6 nights

Tour Category

Village based with one night in a mountain hut.

Tour Challenge

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Fees

Trip cost: ​$2,750/person, $550 single supplement.

Whats included

Four nights at four star hotel in Chamonix, France; One night at three star hotel in Courmayeur; One night at the Bonatti mountain hut; Geneva-Chamonix and Chamonix-Geneva shared shuttles; Transfers between Chamonix and Courmayeur; All breakfasts; Trail snacks during daily runs and refreshments during presentations; Group dinner on three nights; Run the Alps' internationally certified guide; Daily optional yoga with certified yoga instructor; Chamonix and Courmayeur village materials, Run the Alps' Guide to Trail Running in the Alps and other supporting materials; Optional presentations on running related topics; A chance to learn from a Chamonix's helicopter mountain rescue service; 10 hours of Category 1 continuing medical education credit issued by the Wilderness Medical Society.

Description

Come and learn from our friends at Tahoe Wilderness Medicine – and learn or improve your trail running skills in the world’s hub of trail running of Chamonix, France. This trip is targeted at medical professionals engaging in wilderness activities, and is also open to anyone who simply wants to improve their medical knowledge and skills in remote settings.

Trail running high above Chamonix, France, en route to Col Balme. (Photo: Mark Brightwell.)

Starting in Chamonix, France, at the foot of Mont Blanc, mornings on this trip will be spent learning the latest in wilderness medical knowledge and skills. Come afternoon, we’ll sample some of the best of the famous trails in the region on our guided tours each day. You don’t need to be an expert trail runner for this trip – we’ll take our time, and learn skills as we go. Each day will have shorter as well as more strenuous options available.

 

Practicing wilderness medicine skills near Bonatti Refuge, Val Ferret, Italy. (Photo: John Anderson.)

Next, we’ll  travel through the famed Mont Blanc tunnel to the quaint town of Courmayeur, Italy to run on the other side of Mont Blanc. We’ll spend a night at Rifugio Bonatti, an iconic high mountain hut with a stunning view of the Mont Blanc massif and then return to the town of Courmayeur for our next night, where we can enjoy more of the friendly Italian atmosphere and delicious cuisine. Your guide will provide instruction on trail running techniques such as descending confidently and efficiently, and pacing yourself during uphill climbs. Optional daily yoga classes will be provided throughout the trip.

Refugio Bonatti, above the Val Ferret outside Courmayeur, Italy, where we’ll spend a night in the mountains (Photo: Run the Alps).

In addition to our regular continuing education package, we will also have time with PGMH – the renowned helicopter rescue service based in Chamonix, as well as optional presentations on foot care, nutrition, and other running related topics.  You’ll gain valuable advice from experienced ultra, trail and mountain runners, plus you’ll have plenty of free time to explore both Chamonix and Courmayeur.

We’ll visit with Chamonix’s mountain rescue service, the PGHM (Courtesy photo: PGHM).

 

Day-by-day
Day 1

You’ll arrive at the Geneva, Switzerland airport and take a 1.5 hour shared shuttle to Chamonix, France.

Before dinner, we’ll meet for an overview of the week’s itinerary and receive an introductory continuing education session.

  • Aiglons
  • Dinner
Day 2

After a hearty buffet breakfast, we’ll spend the morning learning from the Tahoe Wilderness Medicine. After lunch we’ll explore the trails of Chamonix, known as ‘La Vallée du Trail’. Your guide will give you tips to help with your trail running technique along the way. There should be time to stop and admire the views over a coffee in a mountain café, too!

  • Aiglons
  • Breakfast, Trail snacks.
  • 7-10 miles; 2000-3000 feet climbing and descending; shorter option available.
Day 3

We’ll spend the first half of the day learning skills and getting the latest findings on wilderness medicine, and the second half running out of Chamonix, perhaps up to the Grand Balcon Sud to gain wonderful views of the Mont Blanc Massif.

  • Aiglons
  • Breakfast, Trail snacks.
  • 7-10 miles; 2500-3000 feet climbing and descending; shorter option available.
Day 4

Running up the valley behind Refugio Bonatti in Italy (Photo: Ray Sena).

Today we transfer to Courmayeur, Italy on the quieter “wild” side of Mont Blanc. We’ll climb up opposite Mont Blanc and run a traverse across meadows to the famous Walter Bonatti Rifugio, where we’ll enjoy an Italian lunch and snacks, as we practice practical wilderness medical skills. After a delicious Italian dinner, we’ll stay overnight at this dramatic high hut.

  • Bonatti Refugio
  • Breakfast, Trail Snacks, Dinner
  • 8-10 miles; 3000 feet climbing and descending
Day 5

We’ll wake up to see the early light on the Mont Blanc massive as we enjoy breakfast at the Bonatti hut. Afterwards, we’ll explore some of the wilder trails on our run to Courmayeur. Once we arrive in this beautiful alpine town nestled in northern Italy, we’ll have time to stroll cobbled streets and enjoy a cappuccino or gelato. We’ll make the most of our time in Italy with a delicious group dinner in the old village of Courmayeur.

  • Bouton d'Or
  • Breakfast, Trail Snacks, Dinner
  • 8-10 miles; 2000-3000 feet climbing and descending
Day 6

Today, we’ll travel back to Chamonix and enjoy a last trail run in the world’s capital of trail running. We could head up the famous Vertical Kilometer, or explore high trails along the alpine slopes of the Chamonix valley.

  • Aiglons
  • Breakfast, Trail snacks
  • 7-10 miles; 2500-3000 feet climbing and descending; shorter option available.
Day 7

Today, we’ll say our goodbyes, as we take leave of Chamonix. For those who wish to stay longer, Run the Alps is available to support additional planning and trail-running suggestions.

  • Breakfast
Arrival

We’ll have a shared group shuttle departing Geneva airport at 3pm on August 2nd. If you arrive earlier in the day, we’ll share information about storing luggage in airport lockers and taking the train ten minutes into nearby Geneva to explore. If arriving outside the shared shuttle arrival window, you’ll need to book and pay for the shuttle directly, about $40US. Run the Alps can provide supporting materials to facilitate booking, if needed.

Departure

A shared group shuttles will depart from our Chamonix hotel to Geneva airport on August 8th. Flights leaving Geneva at 1pm or later are recommended. If you’d like to extend your visit with additional trail running, we can help with our self-guided run descriptions for various regions of the Alps, or other trail race options.

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