Climbed it from Vittorio Emanuelle hut with my wife. Great landscape, great sensations, I enjoyed it a lot.
My partner and I (leading) have climbed this wonderfull mountain from VE II hut via Ghiacciao del Laveciau. The conditions were not so good... we had a lot of wind, snowfall and low visibility. Apart of the bad weather this was a great experience and my highest peak/mountain so far.
From Vittorio Emanuele Hut.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
It was a difficult climb with very blank ice but with great sunshine and a clear sky.
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.
Busy up there.. Nice view from the top:)
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.
Started from Pont and go back in one day !
Me and my father ( at age 59 ) riched summit in bad weather conditions.. Anyway was fantastic day :-D Our first 4000 but not last!
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!)
Beautiful tour to the Gran Paradiso 4061 m
photos are here: Gran Paradiso 4061 m
Normal Route from Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele. A small and very crowded summit!
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.
In good conditions we reach the summit of Gran Paradiso. It was a bit cloudy and windy. Good mountain for aclimatization.
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!!!