Conditions of Northern half of trail during April?

FredThomas1

Posted: Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 15:19

Hello!

Coming to Corsica from April 9 > April 12, planning on walking the Northern half the GR20 in from North to South, ie. from Calenzana to l'Onda.

Trying to work out what conditions underfoot are going to be like... will there be large grizzly snow plains which have been untouched? Will there be lots of snow but very decent paths already forged through it?

Would really appreciate some (lots) of advice - can't find much info around.

Many thanks,

Fred



Gaffr

Posted: Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 16:26

Hello,
Are you perhaps having a bit of fun here?
It looks as if you are considering doing, what is it eight stages, in April perhaps with quite a bit of winter still around, in four days of travel....and with no supplies available on the route?
Most folks would find this itinerary difficult to do in summer conditions but of course you could be an high octane athlete.:-)

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Gaffr



FredThomas1

Posted: Tue, Apr 1, 2014, 20:58

Hi Gaffr, thanks for responding so quickly.

I'm serious but maybe naive.

Never meant to say 8 stages worth, just don't know the right place names.

We plan to do two days carrying our own food and then a night in a hotel and then two more days.

How far can we get and what will the conditions be like? Is it doable? What can you recommend?

Thank you very much for advice! Fitness wise, the weakest of our group is above average fitness but not by a huge amount.

Cheers, Fred



Gaffr

Posted: Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 5:32

http://randoblogpnrc.blogspot.it/2014/03/refuge-de-manganu.html

Hello,
There is some information and images of the conditions on the Gr20 towards the end of March.
Maybe Michele and others will have more recent information?
I am almost sure that none of the handful of hotels reachable from the traverse will be open at this time of the season.
The ninth of April is just a few days away!

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Gaffr



Gaffr

Posted: Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 5:38

Ho Ho!
It is me who is Naive.....wasn't yesterday the 'all fools day'.

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Gaffr



Joanna

Posted: Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 5:40

According to http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/neige#corse/monp007... there is:
0-20 cm snow below 1500m
20-80 cm at 1500m
300-400 cm at 2000m
400-600 above that altitude

So, no, the trail is not doable now!



Turnertactics
moderator

Posted: Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 7:47

The Cirque de Solitude would make a decent winter climb at the moment. Ice axes, crampons, harnesses & rope needed at least I'd guess.

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Alan



Joanna

Posted: Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 8:29

And a lot of experience as well! Being a fit hiker is not enough, if you never have done any winter climbing before,



FredThomas1

Posted: Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 12:05

Hi
thanks a lot to all for helping, really appreciated.
so the northern part of the GR20 is out of the question.

is there four days worth of the southern part of the GR20 that is doable at the moment?
if so, what is the highest bit we can do without specialist equipment?
ie. Is there a four day stretch of the GR20 at heights not much above 1500m?

we're flying to and from calvi.

many thanks
Fred



Gaffr

Posted: Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 12:58

Hello,
It is a problem for you arriving at the Northern end of the route....Calvi....getting down to the south at Conca would take a least a day of train and bus. Not that you would have a clear run going North from Conca. After Asinao, on the second day, you have Monte Alcudina which is over 2,000mtrs although there are ways of getting around this. But then you get to higher ground after this before and after Usciolu.
From Calvi/Calinzana you could have direct access to the Mare e Monti route which is a fine trail between sea and Mountains. A route, in my opinion, improves greatly after Galeria down to Girolata, where the scenery is superb. It goes up to above 800 mtrs after the climb up from the sea passing over the road at Bocca a Croce and on to Curzu.
Possibilty of a bus to get you near to Galeria then begin walking for a few days?
In total from Calinzana through to Cargese it takes 10 days of walking. The advantage with this route is that you are within a few kilometres of the road/bus to get you back to Calvi.

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Gaffr