A week's trip to the Italian Alps starts, where else, in French Chamonix.
Our usual "Hello Chamonix" spot - Elevation 1904.
Chamonix is one of those places where you get all these crazy ideas about trail running, ultras and other silly stuff.
Hers and his.
Night in La Chaumière Mountain Lodge.
Photograph: La Chaumière Mountain Lodge.
Getting ready for our hike.
Walking down onto Glacier du Géant and heading towards Pointe Helbronner (3,462 m).
Cosmiques Mont Blanc base camp.
All tied up and badass.
Made it to the other side - Pointe Helbronner (3,462 m).
Setting out from this side would be scary.
Torino hut. Photograph: Tiia Monto.
View from our room window - Mont Blanc in all its glory.
Also on our to-do list.
Early next morning.
Descend to Courmayeur starts with 228 stairs down.
View from Punta Helbronner to Rifugio Torino. Photograph: Rufus46.
Next step - Italy and Gran Paradiso!