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Grand Paradiso – Normal Route - PD

Route:

Normal Route – Grand Paradiso - Italy

Category:

Mountaineering – Ski Touring

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Route description:

The highest peak wholly within Italy set in a wild and unspoilt national park.

The Grand Paradiso has a special place in the hearts of Italian mountaineers and ski tourers, and the routes from both the Emmanuele and Chabod refuges are popular.

The route from the Chabod begins by a zig zagging track up moraine and scree. Once the glacier is reached the route weaves it's way past several crevasses before climbing more steeply to reach a junction with the West Flank route coming from the Emmanuele refuge

The final summit ridge is reached after crossing the bergshrund, and most teams aim to reach “The Madonna” which is perched on a wide block after a short scramble. This section is a bit of a bottle neck, and it can get quite busy in high summer.

The descent is made by the same route, or onwards to the Emmanuele refuge. See comments below.

Although technically easy, the Grand Paradiso is a high altitude route, where you will feel the altitude and weather. Good fitness and weather conditions are essential.

Required experience/skill level:

Summer conditions: Beginner with good fitness.

Ski touring - Intermediate

Length (in metres):

1360 from Chabod refuge. (800m ascent to refuge)

Time/duration:

2 days

Starting point/base:

Valsavarenche, Italy. Around One and half hours drive from Chamonix.

Maximum guide ratio:

1:4

Normal season:

Summer mountaineering: June – October. Ski touring: March – May.

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Comments/notes:

Making a traverse of the Grand Paradiso is satisfying and aesthetic. Ascending from the Chabod refuge and a quick descent past the Emmanuele.

There are other peaks and climbs (and ski tours) from both huts.

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5 days ago

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Awoke to a wild and blustery day at the Britannia refuge this morning. Plans were scrapped, extra coffees were drunk and we headed down.

Finished the day with some scrambling and summits on the Perron traverse above the Emosson Dam. A day salvaged.

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1 week ago

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Back up in the #alpine again and enjoying the autumn weather and conditions.

Lots of rime ice on the Marbrees traverse this morning. Scottish.

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Perfect autumn climbing weather. Photo: @allyswinton of Sara scrambling across the Perrons yesterday. The classic rocky ridge line above the Emosson reservoir.

It’s been a mixed few days weather wise, and the original plan of climbing the Grand Paradiso was out on hold. Flexibility is the key to a happy trip :)

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