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.
After a week of clouds and snow: Clear sky, cold wind and awesome views to the other mountains in the alps!
Climbed the North Face of Grand Paradiso from Refugio Chabod. Started at 3:00 in the morning and summited at 8:00. Back via normal route. Several parties on the route, which was in excellent conditions. Some even decented it on skies. Fantastic weather with clear skies and allmost no wind. A great first north face experience.
Solo to the summit on a cloudy day. Much snow and no crevasses on the normalroute.
I carried snowblades up there, but didn´t use them going down, because the visibility became worse during the day, so skiing down was not a good idea.
Unfortunately, my climbing mate had broken leg so we had rescue action
We climbed Gran Paradiso in bad weather conditions after tenting above the refuge.
Such a pity we didn't have a nice panorama.
Definitely worth to climb it :)
Agree with Julesblaidd, adding that we jumped both bigger crevasses instead of wading through them using the ladder there... The climb was great and enjoyable, the weather was fortunately fair, the clouds only prevented us to see further mountains.
On descent we just passed the bergschrund, when we spotted huge blocks of rock falling down from the summit block - just from where we were eating some 15 minutes ago...
The icy bottom of Gran Paradiso glacier was 40-45° steep so we did an easy ice-climbing... :-) It was fun. There were two "bigger" crevasses on the glacier and some smaller.
The route is very long but in nice weather it's beautiful... in bad weather it sucks... We fortunatelly had sunshine and blue sky. :-)
I climbed from Vittorio Emmanuele over the central moraine and ridge of the Gran Paradiso glacier.Great environment, but soft snow without catches along the ridge!I reached the summit in 4 hours from the hut. I used the normal route as way down.
Good weather and snow.
Started at the parking area in Pont and did it in one push right up to the summit. The weather was good when I started. But then... Lightning, rain, blizzard, whiteout - got it all on the way up. Reward - I was the first one to summit that day;)
Bright sunny warm day, very little wind. Could you ask for better? Well crap snow conditions... refrozen slush transitioning into windbuffed satstrugi.
Took three hours and some change for the climb up and around an hour on the way down, mostly because I had to take off the skis and bushwack the last bit in the thick forest without snow cover.
Hey if you do this one, make sure climb the REAL summit. I made fun of a guide that was ferrying 11 clients to the fake summit wit the little Mother Mary on the top. It isn't the the summit and you miss out on the best climbing, which is in between there and the real summit, 20 minutes or so of scrambling away.
As part of a climbing course I scaled my first 4000 m peak. It's a nice tour, easy and very crowded.
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Started from bivouac above Refuge V.E. II.My first mountain over 4000m...Good aspect,perfect weather...
Didier and I, sharing leadership, left Refugio Vittori Emanuele II and switched to the Ghiacciao del Laveciau route and reached both the traditional "Madonna" and the actual summit, farther north, in a perfect weather day.
Beautiful day but strong wind. Reached the summit in less than 5 hours from Refugio Chabod. First 4000 meter summit!!!!
I’m glad this ascent which was my first 4000m-peak
I hiked this mountain in the summer of 1998 as a member of 'Alpine Ram', a 15 man British Army Expedition climbing in France and Italy. It was truly the highlight of our trip. After a very early start from Rifugio V Emanuele, we summited at approximately 11:OOam. There was only light low lying cloud in the valleys, so we had a fantastic panoramic view, with Mont Blanc off in the distance. I would highly recomend this to anyone who is going to be in the area, and are looking for a rewarding challenge.
My son has did it with me as 11years old boy.
My first 4000 in a beatiful sunny day!