The PTL® (Petite Trotte à Léon) is one of the events on offer within the framework of the UTMB®.
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 (300km and 25000m 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 2018 Registration).
For its 11th year the start of the PTL® is fixed for Monday August 27th 2018 at 08am, from the Place du Triangle de l'Amitié in Chamonix. The finishers will be judged in the same place, until Sunday September 2nd at 17:00, so a maximum time of 151 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.
Click on the picture to download the PTL® Tips.
My team is registered for the PTL®. In case of the defection of one of the team, will it be possible to replace them?
Yes, it will be possible. The regulations specify that this change can be made uniquely until July 31st 2018 (it is always possible to contact us beforehand).
We intend to be followed by a camping car and to use it as a rest point. Will that be possible?
No! We have been confronted by this problem during previous years. It provoked tensions and it defeats the principle "of complete autonomy» encompassing the PTL®. In 2018 as in previous years: no camping car followers!!!
We wish to use the services of an assistance team for our refreshments. May this team intervene all along the route?
No! The PTL® must be completed in complete autonomy between the life bases. Assistance teams will be tolerated at the life bases on one condition, that they are not "intrusive". It is strictly forbidden at all other points along the route, including refuges, when passing villages and along the route.
When the route's maps will be available ?
The general route is already on-line, it gives a global idea of the route. As for the exact route (complete with the alternatives),information will be released at the end of July.
In what form will the GPS tracks of the route be communicated?
The tracks for the route will be communicated in the form of GPX files. So as to be able to read our tracks correctly and to have a precise reading of the route, your device (GPS) must have the capacity to accept at least 20 tracks of at least 5000 points in each.
When will the GPX files of the route be available?
The definitive route will be available a fortnight before the start of the race.
What type of crampons are necessary?
This year, we have decided add, to the list of obligatory equipment, an anti-slip system for your safety when progressing on slopes of frozen snow or slight inclines on ice. It is therefore necessary to be equipped with spiked crampons.
Here are some references whose efficiency we have been able to verify:
- model XTR - Yaktrax®
- model Chainsen Light - Snowline
All other systems (spiral, town crampons (studs) …) will not be accepted at the controll of obligatory equipment.
Why a bivouac tent shelter rather than individual shelters?
The bivouac tent shelter is an element of security. Should there be a problem the whole team could shelter, each benefiting from the heat of the others. Note that numerous articles of this type, inexpensive and weighing less than 1 kilogramme are for the sale on the Web.
Will we need to provide spare batteries for our GPS beacon?
No! In the case of weak batteries the organisation will supply you with spares.
Do the same spares’ sack follow us along the route?
Yes, this year only one spares' sack will be available (the same one for each life base).
How will the refreshments be organised in the mountain huts, are there special tariffs and are the huts open all hours?
Rest and refreshments are at the organisation's cost at the life-bases.
Nevertheless, the huts declared « partenaires PTL® 2018 » will be ready to welcome you day and night. Rest (use of dormitories) will be paid by the organisation, as well as the meal (6 meal tickets per runner to use in the partner refuges of the runner's choice)
The others mountain huts along the way organise their own tariffs.
We are arriving in Chamonix by public transport and have no accommodation there, where can we leave our personal effects?
You just have to entrust your belongings to the organisation before the start of the race and collect them from the PTL® race HQ when you finish.
We would like to make a reconnaissance trip during the month of June will that be possible?
With the snow conditions of a normal year it will not be possible to make a complete reconnaissance trip before mid-July, or even the beginning of August. As from mid-June it should be possible to get to know sections of the route which do not go above two thousand metres. It is always possible to ask us for more information about which areas are feasible.