Into wild terrain- a mellow journey in trees and on ridges.

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Difficulty

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Difficult

Description

Once again a hard big slog to get going, with skis on your packs initially, following the GR52 on good trails.

But you'll be on snow today, unless you've come too late in the season! We managed to get our skis on just below Mangiabo, at about 1700m.

The old refrozen snowpack meant the descent N along the ridge from Mangiabo was sensationally exposed yet no harder than a blue run in angle.

We broadly stuck to the main GR52, skirting around Mont Giagabella, 1911m.

You can then traverse off L and down to get to accommodation at the Col de Turini.

What we actually did was enchain this day with the following day, crossing the whole of the Southern Mercantour and finishing a 3am.

This was to avoid a big storm that was coming in the following day, and turned into a massive 4500m ascent/descent day.

Splitting it at Col de Turini would be infinitely preferable!