GTA – Walking in the Clouds

Day 27: 5 August 2019

Leaving Balme was a long climb in mostly clear weather. Over the Colle Costa Fiorita, 2,465 m, the cloud rolled in.

Sometimes, when hiking, a song goes through your mind in repeat. “Walking in the rain”, Grace Jones cover, became walking in the clouds.

The landscape became eery, fading in and out of view.

Someone had recommended staying at the Albergo Rocciamelone in Usseglio.

It has an old-world charm and home made gelato. So I had coffee and gelato as I considered my options.

Staying was tempting, but they were full.

Reading my guide book I learnt I can hike Rocciamelone, the mountain: 3,538 m.

So I headed to Refugio Vulpot for the night. Here they explained my options to get there.

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