Thursday, April 14, 2011

Trail running and snowshoeing in the Alps.

The Plan

Less than a week after returning from Perth I got a call from the Producer / Director of my almost finished documentary asking if I was available to do some filming the following weekend and after checking my availability I was then told, 'oh by the way it's in France'.
Relaxing in Morillon

A week later we flew to Geneva accompanied by two mountain guides (Gary McConville & Tony Ruddy from the Millenium Gym in Lurgan) and drove to a village called Morillion in the French Alps.  According to the locals it was one of the worst seasons for snow and this is when it's worth having a guide as it saved a lot of time wasting looking for an alternative location.

The Crew taking in the scenery.

Day 1 was spent at 2500M +  running in deep snow and using snowshoes which took a lot of effort because of the altitude but that couldn't take away from the breath taking scenery and as tough as it was I didn't want it to end.  I took whatever opportunities I could to stop and just take it all in and there were moments when I was all alone and they're the ones that make it all worthwhile.

Ready for action.

MSR Snowshoes as supplied by Great Outdoors

Day 2 was spent lower down in the surrounding valleys running along the most amazing trails with every turn more amazing than the last.  Yet again it was tough at times but the rewards far outweigh the effort and although my muscles were hurting I couldn't help but smile.

My unplanned adventure.


  1. John, WOW!!! Amazing photos - looks like you had a great time. Hope to see you soon.

  2. Ηello John!!!

    Your photos are really amazing!!

    I also wanna thank you for the wishes for my race, I also surprised that your friend was there. Give him please my congratulations!