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Extreme Sport in Chamonix Mont Blanc

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Warm up this winter by getting the adrenaline pumping in Chamonix Mont Blanc, France.

Huskie-mushing, icefall climbing and diving under the ice and into the eerie depths of Lake Montriond are kilometers away from this picturesque town.

Dog Sledding

Become the White Witch out of the Chronicles of Narnia by driving a sleigh led by huskies through the Mont Blanc scenery. These dogs do not need Turkish delight to keep them going; Laplanders have been using this mode of transport to get around for generations. Tour operators offer ten minute trials to a day’s adventure through the winter wonderland.

Contact: Cham Adventure

Icefall Climbing

Sound insurmountable? Far from it, tour groups run climbing trips up the side of frozen falls and iced rocks for children over the age of ten. The sport has become so popular that Champagny has a practice wall that looks like the gigantic legs from a Star Wars AT AT.

Equipment, including axes, ropes and protective gear, is included in excursions. The experience is exhilarating for anyone who likes to mix snow and sport to warm up from the cold.

Contact: Gorzderette

Dive under ice

This sport comes with a health warning: not for the claustrophobic. It is strange that dive operators should say that because Lake Montriond is 1320 meters long. Dry scuba suits help swimmers brave temperatures of between two and three degrees Celsius at depths of up to ten meters under a meter-layer thick sheet of ice. One of the most magical descriptions of the world under water is that pockets of air stick to the frozen lake ceiling like huge bubbles.

Contact: Cameleon Organization

Photo of Mont Blanc, France, originally posted by Alain Wibert 

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Venere Travel Blog writer sarah edge

Sarah is a freelance writer who has contributed articles to the Bangkok Post and Untamed Travel. She is now writing for Cosmotourist online.

2 responses to “Extreme Sport in Chamonix Mont Blanc”

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  1. Chamonix says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 13:21

    well this is just another way to view at it.

  2. Alun says:
    February 28th, 2009 at 15:08

    I have been in and around Chamonix for over ten years and never knew that Lake existed not sure about diving in Winter though.

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