It was cold, altough it was august. conditions were good.
Gran Paradiso offers one of the most impressive summit views.
we had a poor weather forcast and lightning the night before. but come 4am the sky was clear we made the summit at about 11am and messed about on the way down we got back to the ref at 17:00 ish great day great weather great views. i'll do it again.
First 4000er, left at 4.30 and reached the summit at around 9.30. We did not get to the Madonna due to the amount of people on the mountain. Magnificent weather !
It was so cold (-18°C) that skins fell off the skis and we worked with tape. One of the best powder descents I ever have done!
started 4:00, it took us 5 hours to reach the top (party of three). While descending one of us slipped at the end of the glacier and was wounded so that we had to call a helicopter to take the injured to Aosta. Thanks to all helpers and the crew of the medical service.
We climbed the Gran Paradiso in two groups of five. We started at 4h30 and reached the summit at 9h15. We even had the possibility to go the Madonna. Only the last part on the summit ridge was difficult because of the crowd that want to go to the Madonna. Just this, it was my first, but certainly not last 4000 m peak.
My first ice climbing experience! And my first 4000 meters! With a guide and two people from Belgium I have reached the peak from refuge Vittorio Emanuele in about five hours. Good weather but very very cold!
My first mountain and also my first 4000.
We had very good wether and the climb was wonderful.
I started in the Chabod hutte and descending via V. Emmanuelle.
i climbed gran paradiso twice;
he was my second summit above 4000 m
the second time i climb him with my wife during our honeymoon in may. most people were climbing with skis. we did it on foot, swimming throug the snow.
it took us 10 hours. ( normaly 6 hours )