With illustrated walks ranging from short strolls to multi-day traverses, this guide explores both highlights and little-visited places, and plenty of panoramic peaks. The excellent rifugi network allows walkers to rest overnight at high altitudes as well as feast on local gastronomic specialties. This brand new full-colour edition also includes a detailed description of the rewarding 12-stage Alta Via 2 that crosses the southern Valle d'Aosta, passing beneath the foot of Mont Blanc to culminate at Courmayeur. It also includes full details of local transport and accommodation.
A little over 100 years after Alpine pioneers George Yeld and Rev. W.A.B. Coolidge compiled their celebrated guide "The Mountains of Cogne", this detailed book retraces some of their itineraries. It opens up a wonderful world of rugged mountains and breathtaking valleys densely populated with an extraordinary variety of wildlife. First and foremost of these is the magnificent ibex, saved from extinction by the establishment of a Royal Game Reserve in the 19th century. The Gran Paradiso National Park inherited 450kms of tracks from that period, a marvellous benefit for present-day visitors.
Preface; Introduction; The Gran Paradiso National Park; Valleys and Bases; Information; Access; When to Go; How to Use this Book; Path Marking; Dos and Donts; Emergencies; Mountaineering and Guides; Maps; Accommodation; What to Take; Wildlife; Vegetation; Local Traditions; Further Suggestions; Alta Via 2; Stage 1 Chardonney to Rifugio Dondena; Stage 2 Rifugio Dondena to Rifugio Pradz; Stage 3 Rifugio Pradz to Cogne; Stage 4 Cogne to Rifugio Vittorio Sella; Stage 5 Rifugio Vittorio Sella to Eaux Rousses; Stage 6 Eaux Rousses to Rhmes-Notre-Dame; Stage 7 Rhmes-Notre-Dame to Rifugio Chalet de lEpe; Stage 8 Rifugio Chalet de lEpe to Planaval; Stage 9 Planaval to Promoud; Stage 10 Promoud to La Thuile; Stage 11 La Thuile to Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini; Stage 12 Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini to Courmayeur; Walks; 1 The Lillaz Waterfalls; 2 Lago di Loie; 3 The Money Glacier Terrace; 4 The Casolari dellHerbetet Traverse; 5 Punta Pousset the local Gornergrat; 6 Beneath the Grivola; 7 Passo dInvergneux and the Mines Circuit; 8 Laghi di Lussert; 9 Pondels Roman Bridge; 10 The 2205m Mont Blanc; 11 At the Foot of the Gran Paradiso; 12 Over Gran Collet to Col del Nivolet; 13 The Kings Path in Valle delle Meyes; 14 Vallon di Sort; 15 Col Rosset; 16 Punta Basei; 17 Becca della Traversire; 18 Legendary San Grato; 19 Becca dei Quattro Denti; 20 The Royal Track to Ceresole Reale; 21 Sentiero Glaciologico Lago Serr; 22 Beneath the Tre Levanne; 23 The Villages of Valle dell'Orco; 24 Beyond the Dam in Vallone di Piantonetto; 25 Nivolastro to Andorina; 26 Frescoes and Fridges en route to Bivacco Davito; 27 Sanctuary of San Besso; 28 Col Larissa; Appendix 1; ItalianEnglish Glossary; Appendix 2; Route Summary Table
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Gillian Price was born in England but moved to Australia when young. After taking a degree in anthropology and working in adult education, she set off to travel through Asia and trek the Himalayas. The culmination of her journey was a tad further west, Venice. Here, her enthusiasm fired for mountains, the next logical step was the Dolomites, only hours away. Gillian is now steadily exploring the mountain ranges of Italy and bringing them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. An adamant promoter of the use of public transport to minimise impact in alpine areas, she is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club and belongs to the UK Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild.