At midnight on February 27th, 2017, Carles Rossell and Dani Rozados took off for an unforgettable journey to set up the skimo OKT in 19:41 hours, from ski resort to ski resort. They endured harsh Winter conditions, putting their crampons and using their ice axe more than they can remember. If we had to summarise with one memory, it would be for sure this mind-blowing sunset reaching the summit of Roca Entravessada (2,928m), roped one to another. Exhausted but blissed-out!
The same way Els 2900 disrupted the world of mountain running, no skimo race in the world would leverage mountaineering like this line. “La Jumelle” was born.
Why “La Jumelle”? And why a French word? Because we like hidden meaning. Jumelle both means “twin” and “binoculars”. Twin because it’s Els 2900’s sister, and we are proud of that! Second, the binoculars reference suggests the need to analyse the terrain. Snowy mountains can be a tricky playground!
La Jumelle is one of a kind though. The race will grow its own identity, thanks to the support of the ski mountaineers willing to attempt its treacherous line. Next milestone on April 7th, 2018 for the Ed.0! 10 teams will attempt to complete the line self-supported!
You can choose your own route between summits, but the most practical routes have been estimated to be roughly 70K and 6,700m of vertical. You will tag Pic de Coma Pedrosa (2,944m), Roca Entravessada (2,928m), Pic de l’Estanyó (2,915m), Pic de Medacorba (2,913m), Pic de la Serrera (2,912m), Pic de la Portelleta (2,905m) and Pic de Font Blanca (2,904m). We also added mandatory checkpoints for safety purpose: Refugi de Sorteny and Coma d’Arcalis.
Friday, April 6th
14:00 — Check-In, drop bags delivery and storage of your personal belongings
14:30 — Bus departure
15:30 — Start of the approach to Refugi Illa on skis (approx 1.5 hours)
18:00 — Race briefing and BIB number hand-out
20:00 — Dinner
23:45 — Race check-in, avalanche risk and weather forecast update
Saturday, April 7th
00:00 — Race starts!
22:00 — Dinner at the finish line in La Neu, Llorts
Sunday, April 8th
00:00 — End of the race
09:00 — Breakfast, Drop bags delivery
10:00 — Presentation of awards
10:30 — Farewell!
The check-in will take place at La Neu in Llorts on Friday, April 6th at 9am.
The race directors will study all applications carefully before to release a provisional entry list one week later.
Q: Which race can serve as a qualifier for La Jumelle?
A: La Jumelle does not require a qualifier, however we will give special attention to people who have successfully completed one of these events:
– Trofeo Mezzalama (ITA);
– Pierra Menta (FRA);
– Altitoy (FRA);
– Tour du Rutor (ITA)
– Adamello Ski Raid (ITA)
– Patrouille des Glaciers (CHE).
Obviously, being a certified mountain guide is a plus!
Q: Do you plan on tracing a reference line the days before the race?
A: No. Either your team will brake snow or follow another team track. Orientation matters, as much as being resilient if you’re ahead of the pack!
Q: Why remove the flags on such an event?
A: We want La Jumelle to be a real adventure. Participants must know how to orientate themselves in the mountains. The race doesn’t start on the starting line, it starts now, reading maps, studying the terrain, reading avalanche reports. Skills matters. Also, we highly respect the mountains and each meter of flag is a risk of pollution if blown away by the wind, hidden by snow…
Q: Is there a cutoff time?
A: Yes, all teams have 24 hours to connect the 7 peaks from Refugi Illa to the finish line.
The 25 teams selected for this event will be announced on March 15th, 2018!
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. PLEASE READ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ON THIS SITE BEFORE CONSIDERING ENTERING ONE OF OUR EVENTS. THEY ARE TOUGH!