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THE PIERRA MENTA SURVIVAL KIT FROM KARPOS
Are you training for the Pierra? Bravo! Keep at it, and in a few days we’ll meet on the snow in Arêches. But don’t forget to make a checklist of everything you need to remember in order to perform at your best and stay safe during the four days of the competition. This certainly applies to the races of La Grande Course, but you always want to be comfortable and safe every time you go out! Although we can’t influence the weather, we can manage it to the best of our ability with the correct clothing. Here’s our advice on what to never forget at home and what to include in your SURVIVAL KIT that you always put in your backpack. The basic gear, ski suit, base layers, cap and gloves are essential. We offer some recommendations on what to choose to protect yourself from the wind and sudden changes in temperature.
KARPOS BECOMES MAIN SPONSOR OF THE PIERRA MENTA
Karpos will be the main sponsor of the next three editions of the Pierra Menta, the legendary ski mountaineering race of the Grande Course circuit that takes place every year in the Arêches-Beaufort mountains in Savoy, France. The Pierra Menta, also known as “La Pierra,” is an annual gathering of the best ski mountaineers in the world. Its format, unchanged since 1985, continues to inspire the participating athletes who challenge each other every year on a unique and incomparable route that requires great endurance on the climbs and impeccable technique on the descents. More than 600 participants in the “youth” and “adult” categories climb more than 10,000 meters in elevation in just four days, contending with sharp ridges and steep slopes. La Pierra is not just effort and sweat: its typical festive atmosphere and the extraordinary enthusiasm of the public make it a can’t-miss event for all winter sports enthusiasts.
These are some of the reasons Karpos was drawn to the Pierra and its extraordinary organizers and athletes. For the next three years we will work together, sharing the same joy and passion. In this year’s edition of La Pierra alone, three Karpos athletes finished on the podium: Xavier Gachet, Didier Blanc and Katia Tomatis.