A proper 'trans alps' epic
That sounds like an ace ride (gutted i dont think i will be able to come with but i am ment to be getting married next year)
sorry i cant help you with the info hunting, but i would like to here how you got on just incase i want ed to do it my self, i really like adventure riding 🙂
Good luck mate 🙂Posted 7 years agonickeggMember
When you say Matterhorn so do mean from Zermatt itself or actually from the base of the Matterhorn? You can cross over into Saas-fee via the Monte Rosa route but not on a bike that's for sure!
I imagine any trip like that will be mostly an epic hike-a-bike!
You could ride from the base of the Matterhorn, down through the Mattertal to the Valais, then along the Valais and up to Champery and through the Portes Du Soliel i guess. That could be great fun.Posted 7 years ago
This is a little bit early but it's going to take alot of planning.
I want to push myself next year so I've decided I'm going to ride roughly from the matterhorn to morzine, where i'll join my mates for some lift assisted riding.
Basically I plan to carry my own supplies, but I'll be staying in mountain huts were possible getting away from civilistion. I did it walking for my d of e gold and it was one of the best experiences I've had.
So a few questions:
Has anyone done this before, where can I buy maps, are there any other sources of information about this. I know there are guides who do this but i'd prefer as much as possible to organise and plan this, either on my own or with anyone else who wants to do it.
Does anyone want to do this?Posted 7 years agoMSPSubscriber
There is the haute mountain bike route, from Zermatt to Chamonix (although usually the other way round), which I think could be followed for a few days, before changing course to Morzine. Several companies run it as a package, but I haven't found a decent route guide for it to do solo.
Its something I fancy doing myself and was going to plan something for next year so I may be able to hook up for a few days riding if we can match times. One problem is as I see it is not just to have a single route, but a high and low route for each day to allow for weather conditions.Posted 7 years ago
I did a 3-day hut-to-hut trip with a group a couple of weeks ago BTW. It was great fun – we used quite a lot of uplift (but still come climbing) to get the most singletrack out of things, although cr*p weather on what should have been the biggest day did restrict things a bit.
Hut to hut in the Alps is so nice, as you don't have to carry loads and loads of gear/food. We ate lunch in valley restaurants in between and had breakfast/dinner in the huts. Change of clothes and a sleeping bag liner is all you really need to carry beyond normal riding kit.Posted 7 years ago
We did about 110km or thereabouts over 3 days, but it was a bit unbalanced. First day about 30km with around 800m of climbing. Van uplift to the start (2200m) and a 1000m uplift in the middle. 2nd day about 60km with again about 800m of climbing (and a LOT of uplift! All the way through Les Arcs & La Plagne). 3rd day about 20km, all downhill! Distances (sort of) include lifts.
The second day was tough, as big a day as I've ever done with a group and with really tough weather conditions (heavy rain most of the day, turning to snow at the top of our final climb later on – so much for weather forecasts!).Posted 7 years agoChiselMember
Not sure if this is of any help but it covers some long distance stuff in the area.
Be interested to see how you get on.
Good luckPosted 7 years agoElsaMember
I'd also be interested to know how you get on.
The bf and I did St Gingolph (Geneva) to Nice on a trans alps / off road / self supported mtb epic / jolly about a month ago. We stayed in huts/gites/refuges along the way. Think it was about 600km and took us about 2 weeks – we followed the GR5 for about 60% of it. Brilliant, rewarding holiday!Posted 7 years agoChrisEMember
GR5 does pass through the Vanoise national park, where mountain bikes are not allowed. Drop me an email if you want and I can give you some good alternatives (certainly better than riding up the road from Bourg Saint Maurice to the Col de l'Iseran, which is what a lot of tourers seem to do!).Posted 7 years agoDucSubscriber
Might well be worth a chat with the guys at "the map shop" in Upton on Severn. Funnily enough it sells maps (for everywhere) but they have a reasonable knowledge of some of the alpine and otherwise adventures that people have taken on over the years.
If you have even a slight "Wunderlust" then it is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon just looking at where you can go!Posted 7 years ago
The problem with this type of trip is the number of maps you need. I use the Swiss mapping software on my computer, print out the route on multiple A4 sheets and keep the relevant sheet in my pocket as I navigate. This method only works if you have an idea of the route before you set off.Posted 7 years ago
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