logo

Inveniam viam aut faciam

- Hannibal Barca

image

Chamonix

Aug 29, 2013

Launch of the International Trail Running Association in Chamonix

.

WRITTEN BY

Gaël Couturier

With the growth of trail running as a sport and following talks between various outdoor industry players, international ultra runners announced the launch of the ITRA in Chamonix, France

In the build-up to the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), 2013 here at Chamonix yesterday, top-notch athletes and industry figures from the trail running fraternity announced the launch of an industry body for trail-running, which till now did not have such strong association for issues related to the sport. At the ongoing UTMB expo (August 27-30, 2013), they explained their agenda and ITRA’s role.
I feel that this association is of great use for all the trail runners around the world. Of course it’s a work in progress, but this launch commands attention. Today, the main goal of ITRA is to collect all the stars of the trail running scene (elite or anonymous), race organizers and even brand managers, around shared values and principles. By doing so, the ITRA will finally answer key questions raised as the sport has grown exponentially in the past five or six years.
Traditionally trail running hasn’t seen the same kind of funding or prize monies as other sports, but this may be about to change. “We understand that it’s not at all controversial to introduce ‘prize money’ in trail running, for a start”, said Michel Poletti, the newly elected Director of ITRA. Mr Poletti is also the creator and owner of The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, that groups four unique races- La Petite Trotte à Léon (PTL), Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS), Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (CCC) and the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. “We’re not saying all race organizers should give away money, because we don’t want to impose it on anyone, but we’ll be there to make sure that in case one chooses to do so, men and women receive equal treatment, which means the same amount of prize money”, he said.
That’s one among the many ITRA plans for its new policies, but they have many other interesting ideas. One of them is of setting realistic and easy-to-use health and anti-doping policies for race organizers. Another one is about offering a pacer/non-pacer (forbidden in most places around the world, except the USA where it’s not only legal but also recommended on some very remote – and dangerous – trail races). Finally, one of the most most notable actions that ITRA is taking is to establish an international ranking for all trail runners participating in events worldwide.
I’m still trying to figure out how it works and what my ranking means! Having said that, if I’m in there, you could be there too! I’ll keep you updated on what ITRA does here.
Stay tuned trailers!
Image © The Outdoor Journal
More on www.i-tra.org
Place: Chamonix, France

Continue Reading

image

Athletes & Explorers

Apr 21, 2019

Jess Roskelley, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer: How the World Reacted.

On Friday, the world was forced to come to terms with the passing of three climbing pioneers. Perhaps the biggest loss to the outdoor community in decades, respects were paid from around the world.

image

WRITTEN BY

The Outdoor Journal

On Friday, news outlets from around the world reported that three world-class mountaineers who were climbing Alberta’s Howse Peak on Tuesday, April 16th were caught up in a large avalanche, that carried them to their likely deaths. Those mountaineers were 28-year-old Austrian David Lama, 36-year-old American Jess Rosskelley, and 35-year-old Hansjörg Auer.

Loved and admired by many, people from all walks of life have paid their respect. A few of those messages that have been shared on social platforms can be found below.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

David lebte für die Berge und seine Leidenschaft für das Klettern und Bergsteigen hat uns als Familie geprägt und begleitet. Er folgte stets seinem Weg und lebte seinen Traum. Das nun Geschehene werden wir als Teil davon akzeptieren.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Wir bedanken uns für die zahlreichen positiven Worte und Gedanken von nah und fern, und bitten um Verständnis, dass es keine weitere Stellungnahme von uns geben wird. Vielmehr bitten wir David mit seiner Lebensfreude, seiner Tatkräftigkeit und mit Blick Richtung seiner geliebten Berge in Erinnerung zu behalten. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Die Familien von Hansjörg und Jess schließen wir in unsere Gedanken ein⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Claudia & Rinzi Lama⁣⠀ ____________________________________⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ David dedicated his life to the mountains and his passion for climbing and alpinism shaped and accompanied our family. He always followed his own path and lived his dream. We will accept what now happened as a part of that.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ We appreciate the numerous positive words and thoughts from near and far. Please understand that there will be no further comments from our side. We ask you to remember David for his zest for life, his enthusiasm and with a view towards his beloved mountains. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Our thoughts are with Hansjörg’s and Jess‘ family⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Claudia & Rinzi Lama

A post shared by David Lama (@davidlama_official) on

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Hansjörg Auer (@hansjoergauer) on

 

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I will walk by your side forever.

A post shared by Hadley Hammer (@hadhammer) on

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

We all go to the mountains because there is some innate part of being human that seeks challenge and there is endless challenge to be found in our wild places. I’ve always seen mountains as a blank canvas that lets me be an artist by choosing my unique path when amongst them. It’s freedom in its purest and most simple form. But, like many things in life, what you originally set out to do isn’t always where you end up. It’s the unexpected adventures along the way that create the true magic. There’s so much more to this passion than just the climb or the ski, there are the human connections created along this journey that have been some of the deepest and most profound friendships of my life. There is also tragedy. The mountains are both majestic and fierce. They give so much and they take so much. It is with profound sadness, frustration and even anger that this week we have lost so much passion, kindness, ingenuity and unadulterted talent with the passing of these three human beings. *** My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

A post shared by Hilaree Nelson (ONeill) (@hilareenelson) on

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

It hurts to feel the crushing magnitude of losing people you not only really care about, but also that are such iconic figureheads of our community. My heart breaks and I am praying for the direct family members and loved ones involved. Jess was one of the most driven, positive, humble, goofy, and kind friends. He accomplished daunting mountains with a smile and inspiring ability to encourage you to see no limits, too. Despite the magnitude of his accomplishments, he wasn’t “above” anyone. He was a genuine, radical guy and husband to an equally inspiring, kickass woman, @alliroskelley David Lama- who in our direct community doesn’t have a story…? Soft spoken, genuine BADASS. Footsy (@magmidt 😭) It’s been some time since the three of us hung out together but I will never forget how you have always been the number one climber I have looked up to’s career…the childhood prodigy turned all-rounded mountain climbing technician. He was the guy that could probably come back from a long expedition and still fire 5.14’s like he never left the gym. Hansjorg; an Austrian legend, I didn’t know you as personally so well but man, your accomplishments were so damn legendary. It’s so hard for me to wrap my mind around this except for the fact that the mountains are at once beautiful and merciless. These guys knew what they were doing in the mountains. They were straight legends. That’s what is terrifying to me. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your resume is: extremely unlucky circumstances can still happen. 💔.

A post shared by S A S H A • D I G I U L I A N (@sashadigiulian) on

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

🖤💫🙏🏻 no words.

A post shared by M Λ T H I S (@mathis_dumas) on

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

No sabemos ni como empezar este texto, son momentos tan duros que no nos salen ni las palabras. La pérdida de Hansjorg Auer, David Lama y Jess Roskelly es tan grande que nos hemos quedado vacíos. Son tantos los amigos perdidos en la montaña qué se nos encoge el corazón. Muchos ánimos a las familias y amigos. Conocíamos a Hans desde hace mucho tiempo. Le queríamos y admirabamos mucho, era una gran persona , muy entrañable y fuente de inspiración para muchos de nosotros, con el cual tuvimos la suerte de haber compartido mucho tiempo y aventuras. ¡Siempre estarás con nosotros! Tus latín brothers Eneko & iker. We do not know how to start this text, they are such hard moments that we do not even get the words. The loss of Hansjorg Auer, David Lama and Jess Roskelly is so hard that we are left empty. There are so many lost friends in the mountains that our hearts shrink. Many encouragement to families and friends. We had known Hans for a long time. We loved and admired him very much, he was a great person, very fond and a source of inspiration for many of us, with whom we were fortunate to have shared a lot of time and adventures. ¡You will always be with us! Your latin brothers. Eneko & iker

A post shared by hermanospou (@hermanospou) on

 

Read Next: Hansjörg Auer: No Turning Back

Recent Articles



Alpinists David Lama, Jess Rosskelley, and Hansjörg Auer Presumed Dead on Howse Peak

The world-class mountaineers were climbing Alberta’s Howse Peak on Tuesday, April 16th when a large avalanche carried them to their likely deaths.

8,000 Miles for 8,000 Smiles: The Stats Behind a Record-Setting Year for Tyler Lau

How Tyler Lau became the first person of color to complete the calendar-year Triple Crown: The hike, the timeline, the details, the athlete, the gear and the goal.

Running For My Son’s Life

The doctors told this family there’s nothing that can be done. This father doesn’t agree, and now he’s running for his son’s life, proving the impossible is possible.

Privacy Preference Center

Necessary

Advertising

Analytics

Other