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Trip Date:2007-08-18
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Countries visited:Italy
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Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga covers an area of 150,000 hectares. It is one of the largest parks in Italy. It offers a number of proposals, itineraries and visits for every season thanks to the richness of its habitats, of its massifs and thanks to the charming historical-architectonical evidences. The Park is made up of three mountain groups: the chain of Gran Sasso d'Italia, the massif of Laga, and Monti Gemelli. The Park is also characterized by the presence of the highest peak of the Apennines, Corno Grande (2,912 meters). On this chain there is the only Apennine glacier, the Calderone, which is also the southernmost glacier in Europe.
Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga consists of three mountain groups - the chain of Gran Sasso d'Italia, the massif of Laga, and Monti Gemelli - and is characterized by the presence of the highest summit in the Apennine ridge, Corno Grande, which reaches 2,912 meters. Moreover, on this chain there is the only Apennine glacier, the Calderone, of southern Europe.
Gran Sasso chain is made up of limestones and dolomite rocks giving to the mountain its majestic aspect, with very high and vertical walls which cannot be found in any other part of the Apennines. The calcareous nature of the rocks favors the presence of karst phenomena like dolines, hollows, caves, and gorges dug by the waters, which are evident in Campo Imperatore, the largest plateau of the Apennine ridge, and on Monti Gemelli, of calcareous nature. The mountain has not only been shaped by water and other atmospheric agents, but also by the ancient and almost disappeared glaciers, whose traces can be found in the morainic deposits or in the big U-shaped valleys, dug and shaped by the Quaternary glaciers.
Monti della Laga, reaching 2,458 meters with Mt. Gorzano, are made up of sandstones and loam rocks. The geological nature influences the morphology of these mountains, whose peaks are more round, with several narrow and deep valleys. The marly-arenaceous nature makes the water flow fast on the surface, gathering itself into brooks, streams, and rivers, which throw themselves down to the valley forming several wonderful waterfalls. Among the highest one, Morricana, Volpara, Barche, Cavata, Cento Fonti, Fiumana, and many others that in winter, when they are frozen, offer a view of rare beauty.
there are 3 itineraries for going towards the top of Corno Grande: the direct way (the steppest), the way of the crests (the most dangerous) and a third way (longer but less dangerous) we have covered because between us there was my father, 82 years old.
Our itinerary: From the Hotel of Campo Imperatore to Corno Grande
- Difference in height: 920 meters | Walking time - up: 3 hours | Walking time - down: 2.15 hours
- Marked itinerary (white-red no. 3 and 3a) | From July to September
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