Grande Traversata Delle Alpi, GTA

Day 1

I had a late start from Cruina.

Leaving Geneva at 35° I was surprised by how much snow there is on the passes. Finding your way is harder, and slower.

We had hiked the Griespass a few years ago and were surprised by the aeolian. Now there are 4.

Just beyond the pass is a tiny chapel / shelter. In the early 50’s 9 scouts went hiking in perfect weather; 6 came back.

As adults, those 6 built the chapel in memory of their friends. Now it is well maintained.

I had expected to make it to the next refuge, but was behind schedule. Alpe Nefelgiù was a welcome sight. A stone hut with an elevated wooden platform to sleep on, shelter from the weather; luxury can take on different meanings.

I slept well.

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