The PTL® (Petite Trotte à Léon) is one of the 5 events on offer within the framework of the UTMB®.
It opens the event. Its conception is original and its unusual specificities distinguish it from other races. The spirit of the PTL® depends upon mental engagement, an adventurous team spirit as well as sporting values and also those of the mountains.
This ultra-endurance pedestrian event leads participants on a large tour of Mont-Blanc (290km and 26500m of ascent),taking high routes, without way-markers on the ground, which necessitates the sense of orientation on and off paths. Each year the route is different to allow for the discovery of the richness and diversity of paths in France, Italy and Switzerland within the Mont-Blanc massif.
The PTL® is realised in teams of 2 or 3 inseparable and loyally supportive people, without final ranking. The teams move through a rough, technically exacting and mentally and physically demanding mountain environment.
With regard to the difficulties inherent to this event, applications are selected from a file of experiences submitted by each established team (see paragraph 2017 Registration).
For its 10th year the start of the PTL® is fixed for Monday August 28th 2017 at 9am, from the Place du Triangle de l'Amitié in Chamonix. The finishers will be judged in the same place, until Sunday September 3rd at 16:30, so a maximum time of 151:30 hours.
The proposed course around Mont-Blanc, omnipresent, and its prestigious satellites, is this year still innovative and outstanding. You will cross little known areas, often difficult to access and with the most breath-taking views.