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Posted: Sun, Apr 6, 2014, 21:37
Hi! My friend and I are planning to hike North to South from June 6th thru approximately June 21st. We are not sure what to expect in terms of weather and temperature, which makes packing a struggle. The weather averages online seem to be for the more populated, coastal towns. But what is it going to be like on the trail, including at night. Thank you for any information!!
Posted: Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 5:12
It could be 5C, it could be 30C. Honestly, that's what we got during a single week in mid-June 2012, while hiking the southern part! Evenings and mornings are cool so take a fleece with you. Also, rain is always a possibility, so take at least a rain jacket, and preferably also rain trousers.
Type "sleeping bag" in the search window, and you'd find several threads about night time temperatures and what sleeping bag to take.
Posted: Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 12:51
This is my favourite photo from last June :)
It will not be freezing cold, like -15 C or so. Above that, anything is possible. Joanna is right, pack a rather widespread selection of clothes. Some places, for example, are pretty high and very windy which adds to the subjective perception of cold. When the sun goes down, it gets cold quickly anywhere in the mountains.
Typically, we would walk in shorts and t-shirts, but in the evening, fleeces, long pants and even long wool underpants were a welcome addition. I remember at least one night when I had everything I had on me + the sleeping bag and I was not really freezing but it was not comfy either.
As for the snow - last winter was exceptionally long and snowy, expect much less this year.
Posted: Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 14:25
Yes I agree with you Dan there were several large snowfields in June last year.....but every year can be different. Seven years earlier, also in June, when we travelled N-S you had to go out of your way to put your feet into snow! Also one wet overnight and the following day was very wet.
It was one of those occasions when the old brain was asking questions about the state of the 'overhead conditions' at Prati ( which would be a bit exposed in wind/rain ) I decided not to stop but to go lower down to Col de Verdi for the overnight.
In rain I tend to keep the shorts on and pull on the cagoule with hood up for reasonable comfort.
A lightweight down jacket is a good emergency layer and light enough to not overload your pack. There are loads of good budget versions around so you don't need to spend a lot. I picked one up for £30 after coming back from finishing the GR20 in late August last year after a couple of very cold evenings/nights. They don't need to be fancy or technical but they do need to be down and not synthetic i.e. regular high street jackets are quite good enough but one with a hood gives it more flexibility.
I took a Vango Venom 300 down sleeping bag, which is rated at 0 to +20 degrees and was just about OK. It would have been lovely and warm if I'd had the down jacket too.
Posted: Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 19:34
Your photo made me gasp! Thanks for sharing-- it was a bit of a wake up call.
Posted: Tue, Apr 8, 2014, 5:14
As I wrote on another thread, here is how much snow there is on the trail now:
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
I have no idea if this is normal, or is this year is extreme, but I can't imagne all this would melt away until June!
Posted: Tue, Apr 8, 2014, 10:45
Agree with Joanna. If they have 300-400 cm of snow above 2000m AMSL, it's not melting until well into summer. That does not automatically indicate that it will be very cold in June, we walked over many snowfields in our shorts. Just prepare for variable conditions, that's it.
During the day, this is usually ok...
But in the evenings/mornings, it gets chilly and this is what you will be looking for (the tea is hot :)
It is reasonable to expect a few shitty days with rain, cold, wind or, locally, snow and then everything gore + fleece you have comes in handy :)
Posted: Wed, Apr 9, 2014, 6:59
Keep an eye on the National Park blog to give you an idea of the conditions before you depart: http://randoblogpnrc.blogspot.it/
Posted: Wed, Apr 9, 2014, 19:57
Thanks so much to everyone for the help-- lots of useful information and resources!
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