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jeff74Normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012
This was my first climb from Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele in perfect conditions ! It was just amazing to be on the top with the Madona, the overall view was totally amazing !

I was very proud of this first climb after one week of trekking approach.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 10:57 am

CorvusSolo in one shot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2014

Corvus

Soloing the normal route from Pont and descent from Leveciau glacier. Long day and great experience.
Posted Jun 28, 2014 5:05 am

Nehanormal route
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013

Neha

We started at 4.30 am from Victor Emmanuel II refuge, reached summit by 9am. There was a long queue of climbers behind us. On the way back we basically ran down to the hut and I hurt 2 toe-nails in the process...so bad that I couldn't put my mountain shoes back on and had to switch to flip-flops from refuge to walk down to the car park at Pont, Valsavarenche, but worth it :) Best weekend ever! Beautiful national park.
Posted Apr 8, 2014 10:34 am

John ClimberCrowded summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2013

John Climber

We did the traverse of the mountain from Rif. Chabod over the Laveciau glacier joining the ´normal´ from Rif. Vittorio Emanuelle. There were 130 militars on the top...and more than 100 alpinist more...I´ve never seen so many people on a mountain top!!
Posted Jul 26, 2013 1:09 pm

kenjohnsonGran paradiso  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013
Traverse of Gran Paradiso from the Chabod Hut and spent second night in the Refigio Vittorio Emanuele. Very busy summit!
Posted Jul 24, 2013 5:25 am

JuhoKNorth face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2013

JuhoK

Nice starter for the alpine summer. Great conditions. Climbed the whole face in 1.5h from the bergschrund to the top.
Posted Jun 29, 2013 6:28 am

AlbertoRampiniNorth face Diemberger route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1983

AlbertoRampini

Great ice-climb!
Posted Feb 15, 2013 4:06 pm

rggA fine climb on a great day
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

rgg

We were among the last leaving Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II.
The day before, I had already scouted the first part of the route, so we wouldn't have to search for it with our head lights. As we started, we saw the lights of several other parties ahead of us, higher up in the talus or beyond. We ignored them and choose our own way across the talus near the refuge, staying low, where the going was easier.
Once past the boulders, the terrain got easy again. Not long after that we saw several groups of headlights moving towards the normal route as well as parties going the alternative way, which is what we had been advised to do in the refuge.

We came to a short scramble on the alternative way, with cairns all over, including a rather conspicuous one in the wrong place. That is, when we got to the cairn, the easy path ended, so I went straight up the rocks. Easy enough at first, but a bit higher I thought that this couldn't be right, so I climbed down a little and traversed to easier ground before going up again.

As Mark noted, we climbed as far as the statue and called it a day at that point. The ridge beyond, which would lead to the marginally higher true summit, had fresh snow on it, which made it a bit tricky, and neither of us wanted to go there. Now, I'm not in the business of collecting 4000-ers, but should I decide someday that I want to bag Gran Paradiso after all, I'll have a go at one of the northern or north-eastern routes.

Despite not reaching the true summit, it was a nicely varied route with great views all day long, making it a quite enjoyable climb.
Posted Sep 14, 2012 10:22 am

markhallamA fine day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

markhallam

2nd summit of the new international rgg-mh mountain alliance. Climbed from Vittorio Emanuele Hut fairly soon after fresh snow which made everything that little bit more beautiful - albeit summit rocks a little bit harder and we, like all others went no further than the Madonna summit - which I maintain is good enough for government work, rgg not so sure and might have to go climb it again! (are all his fellow countrymen so particular?).
Posted Sep 13, 2012 2:52 am

Silvia MazzaniMy first 4000m peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1978

Silvia Mazzani

Normal Route from Vittorio Emanuele Hut.
Posted Aug 31, 2012 11:31 am

fubar7500via Vitorio Emanuele II  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2012

fubar7500

Starting at 6.00 am, quite sunny day, in upper parts little bit windy, chilly. Summit with Madona was completly occupied by crazy and nervous crowds:-) Moving to Chamonix now to MB..
Posted Jul 13, 2012 10:27 am

markthejockNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2012

markthejock

Nice snow plod with some great views from the summit ridge. Weather closed in on the descent turning all other parties around. It was an unexpected pleasure to have the summit to ourselves.
Posted Jun 30, 2012 4:11 am

markthejockNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2012

markthejock

Nice snow plod with some great views from the summit ridge. Weather closed in on the descent turning all other parties around. It was an unexpected pleasure to have the summit to ourselves.
Posted Jun 30, 2012 4:11 am

huntersleeNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2010

hunterslee

Fun Climb, lots of people up there...
Posted Dec 16, 2011 12:53 am

[X] BirdNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2011

[X] Bird

Did the Normal route, nice and easy climb. Was a bit cold that day but we where the 3rd group on the summit so we did not have to wait. Poor 50 buggers behind us, brrrrr....
Posted Sep 14, 2011 10:23 am

Bo1981Normal route to Paradise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2011

Bo1981

My friend and I wanted to climb Mont Blanc (3 Monts route) but due to bad weather we did the Gran Paradiso instead on advice of our guide. We loved it.. and given our relative inexperience it was really better to try the Gran Paradiso normal route first. The last bit was quite scary to me, not having any experience with crampooning on rocks over a cliff. But as our guide said 'it is good for you to learn this skill if you want to continue mounteneering' so I (wo)manned up and did it :D. What a feeling to reach the Maria statue on the peak of Gran Paradiso! Our guide advised me to do a bit more technical training and then do a non-standard route to the top of Mont Blanc. Sounds good to me! :)
Posted Aug 13, 2011 3:39 pm

xpdaNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 1996

xpda

Spent the night in the refuge. Used skis with crampons.
Posted Aug 10, 2011 6:05 pm

KoenNormal from Chabod  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2011

Koen

Nice hike up the glacier, beautiful and unique view on the Alps like I haven't seen before (all the way from Ecrins to Monte Rosa and Wallis... The throng of guides and clients near the Madonna statue was interesting to witness... Chabod hut excellent!!!
Posted Jul 25, 2011 4:05 am

climbxclimbNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011

climbxclimb

Climbed the North Face in perfect conditions with WouterB
Posted Jun 26, 2011 4:18 pm

WouterBNorth Face ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011

WouterB

Climbed the North Face with fellow SP'er climbxclimb. Made it in quite a good time, but it must be said that the route was in picture perfect condition. Way too crowded on the top.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 2:43 pm

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