Ascent to Gran Paradiso-Via Ferrata start on 2019-07-04

Climber: Caj Svensson

Others in Party:Eva and Cecilia
Date:Thursday, July 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Gran Paradiso - Via Ferrata start
    Elevation:11155 ft / 3400 m
    Remaining Elevation:2168 ft / 660 m (49% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Alarm went off at 2:45 at the hut, with breakfast just after 3, out and off at the trail
at 3:45 with the poles and the headlamps. An alpine start, really.
We reached a glacier drain, passed it and climbed a large glacier moraine.
This turned later out as a real direction mistake - Look At The Map.
We should have turned right, upwards, to a snow field.
The moraine had a nice trail and raised until we met a stone wall. Some easy climbing
to a saddle and here we started a traverse of some rocks to a another snow field.
Roped up and got the crampons on. Up on hard snow to a point where three guys took left.
We followed a track to the right and found a Via Ferrara classified ED!
Second direction mistake. We saw people far below us,
on the normal summer trail to Gran Paradiso. The trail we missed early on, in the dark.
When coming down from the Via Ferrata we decided that time was not on our side and
climbed back to to the hut. The route the three guys took earlier, would have worked fine but
we were to late to restart in this direction. It is the late summer trail, when
the snow disappeared, we were told.
We made a short stop at the hut to get our stuff and hiked back to Pont.
Lunch at noon at a place just before Pont, the Rifugio Tetras Lyre.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2231 ft / 680 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4692 ft / 1430 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2231 ft / 680 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Late summer trail
    Start Trailhead:At the Rifugio  8924 ft / 2720 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4692 ft / 1430 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    End Trailhead:6463 ft / 1969 m

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