31 hours and 6 minutes...

Tarjei

Posted: Sat, Jun 4, 2016, 17:03

...that's the new record on the GR20 by Francois d'Haene.

http://www.redbull.com/en/adventure/stories/1331798518324/fran%C3%A7ois-d%E2%80%99haene-breaks-time-record-on-gr20

I'm impressed, but at the same time more and more concerned that everything turns into races and competitions. Now it's just to sit down and wait for the next runner-up and record.

Tarjei



Gaffr

Posted: Sun, Jun 5, 2016, 4:48

Hello Tarjei,
What this does tell us is that the route must be relatively free of snow now....this bodes well for the folks going early June. At least they don't have to think about taking any winter stuff in the sack??
Seems like the conditions are as we found them in June in 2007.
Thanks for this information....very helpful for us the mere normal humans.:-)
I too hope that it does not spurs on untrained folks to take of these challenges. The guys and girls doing these things are athletes and are probably active on hill-runs on most week-ends on top of several other training days during the week.
Remarkable.
In Scotland there are hill-runs on most week-ends.....I don't do these but my daughter selects one now and then not that she is a competitive runner but can only get somewhere at around 150% of the times of the very competitive runners....she enjoys the runs. This week-end she elected to do a two day event, carrying camping stuff, with an overnight camp as part of the deal.

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Gaffr



Caro

Posted: Sat, Jun 4, 2016, 19:20

Hi Gaffr,
I just saw pictures of people who did the northern part last week, and there seems to be plenty of snow between Ascu and Mt Cinto and also some between Manganu and Petra Piana. The pictures were from June 1st.
Have a look here:
https://www.facebook.com/infogr20corse/

I should be passing Mt Cinto on the 13th, and I think I'll be packing my crampons after all.

Caro

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Calenzana -> Conca From June 10th 2016 - June 26th 2016



obrobinson

Posted: Sun, Jun 5, 2016, 11:20

Caro

I'm not on Facebook and so currently can't view the pictures until they're released more widely, possibly later during the week. However, from your experience of what you've seen are we taking a full-on crampon or a microspike variant? If the ascent to Monte Cinto is holding snow a slip could prove fatal! Last year on 24th June the traverse to Tighjettu was snow free and I never had reason to put my microspikes on during the entire trip, even for the descent from Monte d'Oro via La Scala. I'm doing the entire route this year between 12th-19th June, 5 days on the trail, and so your view on the conditions on the trail as seen in the pictures would be invaluable.

Oliver



Caro

Posted: Sun, Jun 5, 2016, 12:12

Oliver,
The post is public, you should be able to see the pictures without being logged into facebook (I can see them if I'm logged out). Here is a more direct link to the post:
https://www.facebook.com/Altre.Cime/posts/10209858368401718

According to the original posters, there have been people doing the route without crampons, while others have turned around because of the snow and ice. According to them, it depends on the weather on that day: if it's warm, the snow will be soft, and it's doable on normal shoes. If the snow is hard and icy, then you really don't want to walk across without crampons.

Personally, I am planning to start early from Asco, so that I will be past Monte Cinto before noon, to avoid any thunderstorms. Supposedly thunderstorms often occur mid-afternoon, and you don't want to be caught in one while crossing close to Mt Cinto. My guess is that earlyish in the morning the snow is more likely to be frozen, so l'll pack my crampons. I have limited experience with using crampons, and never used micro-spikes, but from what I read elsewhere, micro-spikes aren't really suitable for this trip.

If you really don't want to pack crampons, there is always the option to take a shuttle bus from Haut Asco to Calasima. The bus leaves at 9h and arrives at Calasima around 14h, it costs 35 euro. The Bus company confirms that it runs every day from May 15th, incl Sunday:
https://www.facebook.com/Bus-Vall%C3%A9e-dAscu-GR-20-1061335957249939/?f...
From Calasima you can walk back up to Tighiettu (7.5 km, 620 m ascent):
http://nl.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=10032895

Caro

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Calenzana -> Conca From June 10th 2016 - June 26th 2016



Gaffr

Posted: Mon, Jun 6, 2016, 5:35

Hello,
Rather than going up and coming down again after an overnight at Tighiettu it would be possible to overnight at Auberge Vallone or go on further to Ciottulu di I Mori.

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Gaffr