Weather condition and accommodation in Haute Corse

LimeEmil

Posted: Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 15:19

Hello!

I am going solo to Corsica between April 27th and May 4th for hiking. My idea is that I will take the cosy little train from the station closest to the airport to Corte. From there I am planning to hike into the Gorge de la Restonica and continue up to the lakes of De Melu and De Capitello. From there I have various options. I would like to go towards Calenzana, stopping by Monte Cinto, but I could also just go to Calenzana or even Piana. I am pretty fit, rather experienced and highly motivated. I am used to snow after living in Sweden my whole life and spending 5 months in Iceland during the winter half.

I am planning to stay in tent the whole trip so I haven't booked any accommodation.
1. Can I stay outside the refuges even if they are unmanned?

I will pass by a few villages.
2. Do I have to bring food from home or can I buy some food on the go? I will bring an outdoor stove system so I can cook wherever.

3a. If I go for Monte Cinto, do I have to bring crampons?
3b. Can I do it with only crampons and without an ice axe?

Looking forward to your answers!

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SQFP

Posted: Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 21:04

1. Yes, of course. At official Park refuges, at least one room must stay open year-round (hence the name "refuge"), even when unmanned. You are even entitled to (sparingly) use the gas burners, fireplace etc. Wild camping is largely prohibited and unwelcome in the Natural Park, so if you prefer to sleep outside you must pitch your tent in the vicinity of a refuge, private hut, or house.

2. You'll be able to buy some food in many villages... Calenzana, Corte, Piana, Evisa, Porto, Calacuccia, Vivario etc. have supermarkets, or at least tiny shops (usually "Spar" or "Casino"-branded, with weird opening hours). Refuges, farms, ski resorts etc. are largely desert so early in the season, don't rely on them for groceries.

3. There's still a fair amount of snow (30-50cm, 1~2 ft) above 2000m elev (6500ft) at the moment.
Even in the event of a mild spring, icy snowfields usually last well into May or June on north-facing slopes. It's up to you to take the gear you feel confident to use: (light) crampons will definitely be helpful, however many people manage to cross snowfields without an ice axe, by using walking sticks for balance.

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LimeEmil

Posted: Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 15:23

Awesome! Thank you so much for your detailed answers!

Well, I am not planning to wild camp, but if I miscalculate the distances I might have to. But it's great that the reguges are for everyones' disposal.

Another thing. Can I charge my phone in these huts while they are unmanned or do I need to rely on my solar charger/restaurants power sockets?

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SQFP

Posted: Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 16:29

Refuges and other touristic accommodations are deliberately located within walking distance of one another (4 to 5 hours) along designated hiking paths: it is the hiker's responsibility to ensure they plan their hike accordingly. ;)
There is no electricity at the refuges when unmanned.

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