high lakes run, chamonix

We were up early to return Michele to the airport, but since we were out, we decided to continue to Chamonix. It was so nice to arrive there early...parked by 7:30. We thought we might catch the start of one of the weekend's races, but after jogging a few loops through town, we decided to start our run with the vertical kilometer route up to Brévent, yesterday afternoon's race. We both enjoyed the VK route, runnable for a good section, turning tight switchbacks, and leading up to some ladders and a light scramble before arriving at Planpraz.

From there our timing was perfect to watch the winner of the Mont Blanc Cross arrive at the finish before continuing our route to Lac Cornu and Lacs Noirs.

We took a short break to sit by the mostly frozen water before continuing across to Lac Blanc.

We began our descent from Lac Blanc angling towards Argentiere and raced down, meeting l'Arve at Les Tines and following the flat river trail back to Chamonix center.

Back in town, we were caught up in the excitement of the runners and ended up watching the race podiums from the weekend. Racing would have been fun too, but our unstructured 29km, 1900m+ was fantastic (with my favorite- rocky single track)!