Gran Paradiso Climber's Log

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Noah (Oregon)

Noah (Oregon) - Aug 1, 2010 12:23 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2010

From Rif. Vittorio Emanuel  Sucess!

We climbed to the "hut" from Pont in 1:25. The next morning we woke at 4 am and left by 5 am. At 8:30 am we were on the summit. The climb was straightforward and the glacier was completely free of crevasses. The summit blocks were very airy and there was a short traverse right under the summit where I was very happy to be able to clip in with some quick-draws. The Madonna summit is small but all three of us were able to squeeze up there. The crowds were on our heels so we descended and went all the way down to the car in Pont.

il.rocciatore

il.rocciatore - Jul 25, 2010 1:59 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: july 2010  Sucess!

Climbed the normal route together with 3 friends and our guide, starting from the Rifugio Chabod. Very bad weather on the rocky part during our final push to the summit (strong wind and snow), but we all made it!

secander

secander - Aug 4, 2009 6:16 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Normal Route,   Sucess!

Started from Pont parking lot at 3:00 AM. Reached the Vittorio Emanuele II Refuge by 5:00 AM and the summit by noon. Snow conditions were perfect and we experienced no difficulties whatsoever with regard to weather.

Sebastian Hamm

Sebastian Hamm - Aug 3, 2009 10:22 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009

Day Trip from Pont  Sucess!

The weather forecast was very bad for Sunday, so we decided to climb G.P. on a single day on Saturday.

We arrived at Pont 2 a.m., slept two hours and started from the parking at 6 a.m, summited at 12:30 p.m. and were back at Pont at 5 p.m. ... very exhausted!

icypeak

icypeak - Jul 12, 2009 5:55 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2009

Normal Route  Sucess!

Went from Refuge Vittorio Emanuele II. A second attempt..first one in 2007 when we had to turn back due to a sudden storm and then on the way down, broke my ankle on the trail and was treated to a scenic heli flight to the hospital. This time, I enjoyed a beautiful climb to the summit and proudly made my own way down the mountain! Some summits a just a little sweeter than others.

Ron Leliveld

Ron Leliveld - Jul 12, 2009 5:22 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008

Vittorio emanuelle  Sucess!

It was a difficult climb with very blank ice but with great sunshine and a clear sky.

saman

saman - Nov 24, 2008 6:43 am

Two days, two ascents  Sucess!

I was on the top on two days following in July, 1997. On the first day my girlfriend became sick just an hour after we started from the Vittorio Emanuele hut, and returned to the house while my brother and I went up. However, we didn't reach the exact summit that day because of the big crowd and the icy rocks. We turned back just about 20 meters before the peak (horizontally), after waiting a long time for the passage to be free.
Next morning we tried again (this time I made my girlfriend eat some breakast in spite of this will and it helped :), and I guided her and my father tothe top. This time we were much faster and we reached the top before the crowd.

Five years laer, in 2002, I went there again with a bigger group, and ascended from the Chabod hut, which is a longer way, so we stopped again some meters before the Madonna because the crowd had already reached the summit from the shorter route.

skileraar

skileraar - Sep 7, 2008 7:56 am

Normal Route from Vittorio Emanuelle  Sucess!

Busy up there.. Nice view from the top:)

ivarth

ivarth - Aug 29, 2008 8:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2008

From Vittorio emanuelle refuge  Sucess!

Climbed Gran Paradiso on July 15th.

Nice walk up the glacier, pretty good weather.

I was hesitant about checking the "Were you successful?" box because I stopped a few meters short of the Madonna summit. The summit was so heavily crowded, people were all over each other on the narrow ledges leading to the top that I did not feel comfortable and in my mind the few meters that I had left were not worth the risk. I unroped and carefully descended to safety.

In my mind I summitted the mountain so I'm happy with it :)
It was a good acclimatisation trip for Mont Blanc which I summited two days later.

yamesu

yamesu - Aug 4, 2008 9:39 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008

From Pont  Sucess!

Started from Pont and go back in one day !

alex_vega

alex_vega - Jul 12, 2008 9:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Normal route via Rif. Vittorio Emmanuele  Sucess!

Me and my father ( at age 59 ) riched summit in bad weather conditions.. Anyway was fantastic day :-D Our first 4000 but not last!

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - May 10, 2008 3:02 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2008

normal route  Sucess!

I climbed Gran Paradiso to the highest true summit (4061m) and also wento the Madonna (4058m) on same day. Not much snow. But few people venture to do the true summit! (although relatively easy (belay possible for short abseil). I climbed before 3 times only to the madonna and one time just 20 meters below (too muchj people there!)

Bruno baschung

Cyrill

Cyrill - Nov 9, 2007 10:46 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2005

Gran Paradiso 4061 m  Sucess!

Beautiful tour to the Gran Paradiso 4061 m

photos are here: Gran Paradiso 4061 m

archiloco

archiloco - Nov 4, 2007 11:59 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 1988

Normal Route  Sucess!

Normal Route from Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele. A small and very crowded summit!

singularity

singularity - Oct 24, 2007 6:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2005

normal route  Sucess!

the weather conditions weren't very good, but it was still possible to reach the summit via the normal route. because of the bad weather whe had no view on the summit.

Bor

Bor - Jul 22, 2007 1:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2007

Route climbed: Normal route from Refuge Victora Emanuela II  Sucess!

In good conditions we reach the summit of Gran Paradiso. It was a bit cloudy and windy. Good mountain for aclimatization.

RenatoG

RenatoG - Jul 21, 2007 4:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2007

Normal Route from Rif.Chabod  Sucess!

Wonderful day! We started at 4.40 am from Chabod Hut and reached the summit at about 8.50.
Summit very crowded, cold wind: we renounced to the last 10 meters to Madonnina...
Going down from the summit, because of the growing up of temperature, the Lavenciau glacier was quite dangerous: it's still snow covered and the snow-bridge above crevasses can suddenly fall: keeep attention and start very early in the morning!!!

badyl

badyl - Jul 21, 2007 6:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2007

normal route  Sucess!

not the best weather, especially on the summit and on the way down, we started and finished in Pont, so over 2000m up and then down:)) crowdy in the summit area and therefore dangerous, people pushing one another, I didn't like it

Digitis - Jul 12, 2007 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2004

Normal Route  Sucess!

My first 4000, nice weather.

bc44caesar

bc44caesar - Jul 9, 2007 12:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

West Face  Sucess!

Headed up to the refuge on Saturday evening and left around 3:30am the next morning before the crowds. Reached the summit via the normal route in under 4hrs and also scrambled to the Madonna summit. Quite windy that day, but a nice, mellow route.

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