Just came back last week. The snow was here and there at the Arbolle refugee. However it went over 15cm as I approached Lago Gelato and even though it was almost mid July I was the first to climb. It snowed all three days I was there. Unfortunately I did not reach the summit as I was not prepared for such bad weather. I will return in late August for via ferrata.
For those who travel there. The refugee is clean and they have good food at reasonable price. there is toilet, water and internet wifi. There is a nice family that took over this year and they are doing their best. However there is no heating in the rooms and my Suunto was showing 15 degrees in day time while outside was a bit over freezing point. The room is 40 -45 euros per person and includes breakfast and dinner. It was opened at the beginning of July and apparently I was the first one this season, and the only one until I left.
I went up Mont Emilius the normal way, from the Rif. Arbolle (back in 1987, there were tents there in which one spent the night). It's a spectacular summit, but not all that easy for a non-climber and one needs good condition. There is a lot of scrambling to be done, first over countless blocks on the way to the northern col, and then up the ridge. It's too bad the weather wasn't at it's best on that day, because I can just imagine what the view must be like in perfect weather! As I was going up - it was already afternoon - everybody was going down. So I was all alone on the summit...and all alone coming down on that ridge and back to Arbolle afterwards...
From Refuge Arbolle.
Climbing the normal route to Mont Emilius is easy but for sure worth for the fantastic view on the 4000's of Western Alps: Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and Grand Combin
There was great weather:)
Normal route in one day from Pila, bad weather...snow from refuge Alpe Arbolle to the summit.
We'we going from Pila via refuge Arbolle and Col dei 3 Capucinni to the top (we'we alone there...). Descent from 3 Capucinni to bivoac Menabreaz and second day back to Aosta. Wonderfull mountains, fantastic weather... :)
Up by west ridge(ferrata) and down by south ridge.
Its a verry nice walk up the mountain Rif. Arbolle is indeed a verry nice rif. (more a hotel then a rif.).
The view when on top is something special.. a lot of 4000m mountains can be seen from up there. Tre cappucinni can be a little tricky ! Watch your step on the rocks.
Have fun with this one...
PS U can also skip the Rif and walk to the lake just bevore the summit verry nice campground !!!!
The very best summitview I have ever known.
Who plans to do Emilius in only 1 day, don't do it, Rifugio Arbolle is sooo nice!
Thanks to my dad, Sergio and Cristina
The most important summit of Val d'Aosta for hikers, is a MUST.
After 39 years I got it!
Started in Brissogne, just East from Aosta. Ascending 3000 m. is a beautiful experience (not in 1 day). Good campground near some lakes. At the Col dei 3 Capucinni one joins the route from Pila, and goes up the South-ridge. Some experience with scrambling is useful here.
Before the Col I had some frozen snow (June 29) and equipment had been fine.
Panorama from the top: Marvellous.
From Pila with my friends to "refuge Alpe Arbolle" where we have slept. The day after, we have reached the peak we have come back to Pila. Nice and isolated mountain! Some problem about my friend Sergio, that unfortunately couldn't lead the peak.