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weekends in Italy: Gran Paradiso
nice long weekend in the Gran Paradiso National Park, July 2003.
Grand Collet pass
settled into the Genzianella hotel, after a nice dinner following a vigorous trot
along to the Vittorio Emanuele II hut, hikers assemble the next day (12 July 2003)
and set off from Pont trailhead (1960m) up the right side of the valley this time,
bound for the pass at Grand Collet.
taking a break
Chamois also taking a break
now it's time for lunch!
at Alpage de Seyvaz (2358m) and time for lunch.
last rocky little plateau before the col, or pass, of Grand Collet (2832m).
the col, a big sandy, gravely thing, not real easy to navigate, but worth it once
one's on top. But what then? A lot more fun going up than going down, not unlike
from the col Grand Collet, extraordinarily uplifting and inspiriting and welcome
in these fallen times
over the far side of the col (looking west), with a long French/Italian name that
we won't try to reproduce here.
cairn at the col and the view behind. Very nice, but it's time to start thinking
about another Genzianella dinner, with cheese, and ice-cold beer. Let's clear
out and say another fond goodbye to the heights.
bolting back down towards Pont for the evening's Genzianella specialties with
cheese on top, included in the room price, wine and beer extra.
to hold out for dinner, hikers review the possibilities for another lunch at the
huts of Seyvaz on the way home.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative,
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 15 September 2003, revised 31
July 2007, 10 December 2013.