early october hiking


Posted: Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 9:55

Hello everyone,

I am planning to walk solo on the GR20 route between 28 Sept and 12 Oct (12 days for trekking). Minimum plan is to complete northern part, other depends on weather conditions and my physical abilities (a year ago I did tour de mont blanc in 9 days and it was quite comfortable).

I have couple of general questions for the situation when refuges already unstaffed:

- Is there electricity available in refuges (charging electronic devices, for example)? I think for safety reason telephone should stay charged all the way.
- Should I take stove and gas with me for cooking or I can use things available inside refuges? I am not big fan of cooking but hot meal is definitely preferable as well as hot drinks in case of bad weather conditions.
- What is the situation with water on the way in this season? I plan to have at least 1.5-2 liters with me.
- What is temperature inside refuges, what could be your recommendations regarding proper clothing and equipment? As I understood from previous posts tent is not required and shoes need to be chosen for rock relief (vibram or similar).
- what stages could be combined ( North to South way)?



Posted: Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 14:39

All the refuges will still be staffed when you arrive (last week of September); only some will still be staffed into the 2nd week of October.

- Electricity is available at some refuges (for free of for a small fee) but only when staffed. For safety reasons they shut down electricity and tap water if the refuge is unstaffed. Even with the refuges unstaffed, by using power sparingly, you'll still be able to charge your phone along the way, for example at the bars or gîtes/hostels/hotels in Asco, Vizzavona etc.
- Even when unstaffed, gas burners and some pans are available at each refuge. There's a chimney (or woodburner) and wood as well, to be used -sparingly!- in case of bad weather.
- Some "wild" rivers and fountains along the way will probably be dry, however each refuge features at least a permanent water source. Make sure you pack enough for each stage before leaving.
- Temperature inside refuges is the same as outside, minus the effect of the wind :) Indoors, expect roughly 0 to 5°C at night in early October (and exceptionally below freezing). If at risk of hypothermia, use the chimney or woodburner.
- Many stages in the southern part are long in distance but not overly difficult, and therefore could be combined. In the north, the rugged terrain and weather makes combining more risky, but many people seem happy walking Tighjettu to Manganu withing a day, bypassing Ciuttulu.


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Posted: Fri, Jul 19, 2019, 7:39

Thank you for detailed answer!


Posted: Sat, Jul 20, 2019, 7:25

I have been on some short stretches of the GR20 in October and there have been frosts, so it can get cold at nights. I have shivered all night long at Piobbu and Carrozzu on my own, with ice outside. I have been on part of the GR20 in November in deep snow where it is very difficult to make any progress. The refuge guardian at Usciolu showed me a photograph of his refuge with only the top part of the roof sticking out of the snow. You really don't want to be on the trail once it snows.


Posted: Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 6:59

Hi, Алексей,
I think the best option to charge devices is a solar panel and probably it is the only option for the end of season. But keep in mind network is not available during 80% of the trek. I did GR20 North to South this year in 10+ days. It is challenge! I can share with you some ideas, if you like.
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Good luck!




Posted: Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 12:15

Solar panel is an interesting idea especially in combination with power bank. Of cause depends on weather.


Posted: Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 12:21

I'm planning to take my Garmin device for navigation, so telephone will be used as camera mainly and in airplane mode.