Me and my girlfriend left the Vittorio Emanuele Hut around 05:00. The sky was grey and the weather forecast was not very promising. Still we wanted to try it. On the glacier it started to snow and by the time we came to the summit ridge we had zero visibility. Due to the bad weather we only climbed to the top of the ridge after the bergschrund and did not continue the last rocky part to the Madonna. The rock was slippery. It was however an interesting experience being all alone up there. A lot of huge crevasses on the glacier. I would rank the climb PD and not F.
Nice climb, started our at Vittorio Emanuele Hut.
Only real difficulty was route finding just prior to the first glacier in the approach gully. I advise to check up until this point on the prior day. I also think the maps are a bit outdated, the glacier has retreated a bit further up.
Started out on the 21st of August from Chamonix. Drove over to Italy till the trail head in the Aosta Valley. Hiked up to the Chabod Hut. Slept early and began the next day at a out 3:45. Breakfast at the hut was served at 4am sharp and departed the hut at 4:45Am. The initial ascent is without cramping and is just scrambling up the glacial moraine. After reaching the tongue of the glacier, we roped up and set our crampons on. Reached the Summit at about 9:45AM. The descent immediately after the summit was a bit exposed but the fixed metal pitons added us a lot. Reached Chabod Hut at about 1:15pm.
Climbed it solo, up & down in 1 day from Pont in the valley via the Chabod hut and the upper normal route. Down the same way to Pont. #nonstopsolo
Great snow plow that shouldn't be underestimated due to its length. Fun via ferrata option on the way up!
Beautiful climb in perfect conditions.
First weekend of the winterhut Vitt. Emanuele. Very nice winterhut. We had a room for ourselves for three days. Much nicer than overcrowded highseason huts.
Much fresh snow on the track. We took the via ferrata to the glacier.
Beautiful views of much of the alps. The Po-plain was covered in clouds, very special.
With A. Alesina and J. Imbs. Nice snow climb, but iffy weather that day. Crowds on the summit.
Summited with Jean Baptiste Fagon it's my first 4000 peak
Went up from Chabod and down via Emanuele. I changed team on the way since my original team had to turn around. Thanks to Davide and Felipe for allowing me to jump their rope! :)
It was a Sunday with perfect weather so the peak was totally crowded (we estimated 150 people made it to summit this day). Turned around at the Madonna like everybody else.
Summit with Patrick and Gillian as guides. Excellent route, no crowds and some of the best hut food in Europe. Great conditions! Alternative climb since our original plan was to summit Mont Blanc.
August 2007, July 2013 and June 2014. Crowded each time. It is not easy to find a place to pee in peace...so many people everywhere!
Easy fine route
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.
Soloing the normal route from Pont and descent from Leveciau glacier. Long day and great experience.
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.
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!!
Traverse of Gran Paradiso from the Chabod Hut and spent second night in the Refigio Vittorio Emanuele. Very busy summit!
Nice starter for the alpine summer. Great conditions. Climbed the whole face in 1.5h from the bergschrund to the top.
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.