Gran Paradiso Climber's Log

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boriskrielen - Feb 5, 2018 6:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2016

Normal route via Chabod solo in 1 day  Sucess!

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


bserk - Jul 17, 2017 4:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2016

Normal Route  Sucess!

Great snow plow that shouldn't be underestimated due to its length. Fun via ferrata option on the way up!


ferdinandverboom - Oct 4, 2016 3:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2016

Magnificent  Sucess!

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.


Romain - Jul 15, 2016 1:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 1999

From Rif. Chabod  Sucess!

With A. Alesina and J. Imbs. Nice snow climb, but iffy weather that day. Crowds on the summit.


Nader1 - Mar 4, 2016 2:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2003

Normal route from Chabod  Sucess!

Summited with Jean Baptiste Fagon it's my first 4000 peak


damgaard - Jul 24, 2015 12:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015

ohh the crowds  Sucess!

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.

wilsoncg01 - Jun 9, 2015 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2012

normal route  Sucess!

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.


Dalian - Jan 14, 2015 11:16 pm

3 times in 7 years

August 2007, July 2013 and June 2014. Crowded each time. It is not easy to find a place to pee in many people everywhere!


alpinbeta - Sep 3, 2014 3:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

Normal Route from Vittorio Emanuele  Sucess!

Easy fine route

jeff74 - Jul 22, 2014 10:57 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012

Normal route  Sucess!

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.


Corvus - Jun 28, 2014 5:05 am Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2014

Solo in one shot  Sucess!

Soloing the normal route from Pont and descent from Leveciau glacier. Long day and great experience.


Neha - Apr 8, 2014 10:34 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013

normal route

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 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.

John Climber

John Climber - Jul 26, 2013 1:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2013

Crowded summit  Sucess!

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!!

kenjohnson - Jul 24, 2013 5:25 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013

Gran paradiso  Sucess!

Traverse of Gran Paradiso from the Chabod Hut and spent second night in the Refigio Vittorio Emanuele. Very busy summit!


JuhoK - Jun 29, 2013 6:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2013

North face  Sucess!

Nice starter for the alpine summer. Great conditions. Climbed the whole face in 1.5h from the bergschrund to the top.


AlbertoRampini - Feb 15, 2013 4:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1983

North face Diemberger route  Sucess!

Great ice-climb!


rgg - Sep 14, 2012 10:22 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

A fine climb on a great day

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.


markhallam - Sep 13, 2012 2:52 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

A fine day  Sucess!

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?).

Silvia Mazzani

Silvia Mazzani - Aug 31, 2012 11:31 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1978

My first 4000m peak  Sucess!

Normal Route from Vittorio Emanuele Hut.


fubar7500 - Jul 13, 2012 10:27 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2012

via Vitorio Emanuele II  Sucess!

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..

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