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The mountains around Lago del Sabbione

 
The mountains around Lago del Sabbione

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Created/Edited: Jan 30, 2014 / Apr 3, 2014

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The northwestern part of the Val Formazza area, around Lago del Sabbione. The highest peak, Blinnenhorn, is in the upper left corner. Punta d'Arbola, (Ofenhorn by the Swiss), is at the bottom on the left.
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According to the calendar it was summer. However, a bit higher up in the Alps you wouldn't think so. In normal years most of the spring snow would be gone by now, at least below 3000 m. I was in northern Italy, on the sunny south side of the Alps, but even there were still unseasonally large amounts of snow.

I didn't really mind though, I rather enjoy climbing in the snow. Especially if it's packed nicely, but I'll take it as it comes. Sure, snow means it takes longer to get up a mountain than than without it, but that's ok. They say exercise is good for you, right? And besides, snow makes for better pictures.

The weather was mixed, and not particular stable, so I had to adjust my plans day by day. The best day was when I climbed Blinnenhorn, a big, glaciated peak on the Swiss-Italian border. But even then, on the summit I had only limited views as the clouds quickly came and went.

Early morning at Lago del Sabbione
Early morning at Lago del Sabbione. Punta d'Arbola is the peak left of center.
The next morning I was up before dawn, for the weather forecast for the afternoon was not good. But when I looked outside across Lago del Sabbione, it didn't appear threatening at all.

My goal for the day was Punta d'Arbola. I left at first light, and didn't stop until I was on the summit. But by then I was in a whiteout...

Blinnenhorn summit cross
Blinnenhorn summit cross
Punta d'Arbola summit cross
Punta d'Arbola summit cross - Alas, no view; I'm in a whiteout




180° panorama of the mountains across Lago del Sabbione, seen from high on Blinnenhorn. For a really big version, click here.


Images


Nufenenstock, Kleines Grieshorn <i>aka</i> Piccolo Corno di Gries <i>aka</i> Punta del Gries, and Corno di Gries <i>aka</i> Grieshorn

Nufenenstock, Kleines Grieshorn aka Piccolo Corno di Gries aka Punta del Gries, and Corno di Gries aka Grieshorn

Lady of the snows (<i>Pulsatilla vernalis</i>)

Lady of the snows (Pulsatilla vernalis)

Early morning at Lago del Sabbione

Early morning at Lago del Sabbione

A cornice on the summit ridge of Punta Clogstafel

A cornice on the summit ridge of Punta Clogstafel

Zooming in on Punta d\'Arbola (3235m)

Zooming in on Punta d'Arbola (3235m)

Punta del Sabbione from the NE

Punta del Sabbione from the NE

Zooming in on Punta del Sabbione

Zooming in on Punta del Sabbione

Looking up Valle di Nefelgiu from the shores of Lago di Morasco

Looking up Valle di Nefelgiu from the shores of Lago di Morasco

Mountain ridge above the southeastern shore of Lago del Sabbione

Mountain ridge above the southeastern shore of Lago del Sabbione

A sunny start of the day

A sunny start of the day

Annotated panorama from the shores of Lago di Morasco

Annotated panorama from the shores of Lago di Morasco

Looking up at Forca del Giove (2714m)

Looking up at Forca del Giove (2714m)

Pizzi della Satta (2830m)

Pizzi della Satta (2830m)

Rothorn <i>aka</i> Corno Rosso from the upper Gries glacier, high on Blinnenhorn <i>aka</i> Corno Cieco

Rothorn aka Corno Rosso from the upper Gries glacier, high on Blinnenhorn aka Corno Cieco

Punta del Sabbione

Punta del Sabbione


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