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Bergheil, Gottfried!
Gottfried summits Monte Amaro with Jenn. [enlarge]
Andrew on Monte Amaro
Andrew on the summit of Monte Amaro. [enlarge]
Inside the Bivacco
Inside the Bivacco on the summit. Amazingly enough, the fire tower on Mount Carelton in New Brunswick is yet still messier and more graffiti strewn than this place! [enlarge]
Valley of Dead Women
The broad, shadowed valley behind Jenn is known as the Valley of the Dead Women. (and, it is the valley that we hiked up once we reached the plateau, and, it is also our return route). [enlarge]
Afternoon turbulence
The afternoon heat has churned up lots of dark cumulus clouds around us. [enlarge]
Limestone Pavement
A neat bit of solid 'pavement-like' limestone. [enlarge]
Permafrost features?
These look like permafrost-related pockmark features, but I am not sure if the ground in this area is cold enough for that. [enlarge]
Like a garden
These two flower bunches seem perfectly planted in a clean bed of limestone chips. [enlarge]
Blue alpine flowers
Taken in the Valley of the Dead Women, Maiella mountains, Abruzzo, Italy. [enlarge]
Re-traversing the plateau
Jenn heads back across the Plateau/valley of the Dead Women. [enlarge]
The big descent
Having finished the walk along the plateau, we start the steep descent off the edge and down into the valley where the trailhead is located. [enlarge]
Jolly Italian Hikers
On the way down, we meet a large band of Italian hikers at the Fontana del Orso. They are headed up to the bivacco on the summit (although it seems a bit late and they have a long long way to go to get there). They are extremely friendly and generous and share sips of their excellent drinks, some of which have real kick! (nudge nudge, wink wink). [enlarge]
Return to the forest
We descend through the band of thick forest below the alpine zone. [enlarge]
Camping Ursa Minore
This is our campsite in the town of Campo di Giove, with the Maiella mountains in the background on the right. A nice, low-cost and quiet campground this was. [enlarge]
Annotated Topographic Map for Monte Amaro
This is an annotated topographic map of Monte Amaro, with a GPS-dervied track of our climb to the top overlain on top. [enlarge]
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Monte Amaro - click map to view
Climb Data - Monte Amaro
Start Time: 10:12a.m.
End Time: 6:16p.m.
Duration: 8h4m
Distance: 21.12 km (13.12 mi)
Average Speed: 2.6 km/hr (1.6 mph)
Start Elevation: 4115ft (1254m) *
Max Elevation: 9205ft (2806m) *
Min Elevation: 4058ft (1237m) *
End Elevation: 4101ft (1250m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 5034ft (1534m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 4917ft (1499m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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