Last week I made a tour in the Grand Paradiso area in Italy area. This national park was originally the private hunting reserve of the ruling "House of Savoy". In 1856 King Vittorio Emmanuel 2 declared part of the hunting grounds as a protected area, so helping to save the ibex which is such an important animal for the park. About 3,000 of these powerful mountain goats now live in the Park.
Saterday March 25: Start at Cogne; skinning to "Rifugio Vitorio Sella"
Sunday: Vittorio Sella - to - Gran Serra 3550m - descent to Eaux Rousses, Valsavarenche, through the woods, 11 hours of climbing and skiing
Monday: taxi to Pont; skinning to "Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele"
Tuesday: Skinning to the top of Gran Paradis 4060 m (4,5 hours of snowstorm). Brighten up before the descent. Wonderful descent from 4015m, return to "Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele"