Benedikt Böhm will start in Bourg-Saint-Pierre in Switzerland’s Valais at an elevation of 1,664 meters. His first goal is the summit of the Grand Combin at 4,314 meters. To do that, he must conquer 2,650 meters both climbing and descending and tick off 28 kilometers. After that, the DYNAFIT managing director will hop on the bike and head to Pont Valsavarenche in Italy’s Aosta Valley to tackle the Gran Paradiso with its 4,061 meters. This mountain, the highest in Italy, offers the challenge of 2,190 meters of climbing as well as descending and adds another 23 kilometers. The big finale of Mont Blanc is then waiting for Bene. From the Mont Blanc Tunnel at 1,300 meters the speed mountaineer will head up Europe’s highest mountain and its 4,801 meters. This last stage is at the same time the most challenging. 3,600 meters of climbing, 4,190 meters of descent, and 23 kilometers will demand everything that Bene has before he finishes his project on Chamonix’s Kirchplatz.
The 43-year-old also wants to carry out his project “Big Triple” only using human power. Meaning: Bene will abstain from motorized assistance of any kind. He will cover the stretches between the three mountains on a bike. As long as the conditions on the mountain allow it, Bene will use touring skis, then will run the rest of the way.
Overall that then adds up to:
11,900 meters of climbing
13,000 meters of descending
200 kilometers in total
Of that, 130k on the bike
Non-stop in one push, without sleeping, without long breaks, and all of that in less than 30 hours.
“The idea for the Big Triple has been floating around in my head for a while, and I can hardly wait for it to finally get going. No question, it will be hard, it will be tough, and I will be pushed to my physical and mental limits. But it will be an exciting challenge, precisely because I want to achieve it all only under my own power on skis and a bike. I have a stupendous team at my side that will support and motivate me. I feel physically in top shape and well-prepared. We have satisfied the prerequisites; now, the conditions on the mountain and the weather must play along at least halfway.” – Benedikt Böhm