Category Archives: GR20

GR20 stage 11: Bergeries d´E Capanelle to Bocca di Verdi

GR20 stage 11: Bergeries d´E Capanelle to Bocca di Verdi
Distance: 14 km, asc/desc: 320/620m, 4h
August 16th, 2016

Again a very mellow and pleasant walk through forest. Seeing the rather tough days ahead it would make most sense to  walk up to I Prati in the afternoon, however having done exactly that in 2014, I remembered how the strong winds prevented me sleeping. Thus I had the shortest day of the GR20 camping at Bocca di Verdi after only 4 hours walking.

On the way to Bocca di Verdi
On the way to Bocca di Verdi

A new bergerie has opened on the Plateau de Gialgone, potentially an alternative to staying at E Capanelle.

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This post is part of a series on the GR20 as walked in August 2015.

GR20 stage 10: Vizzavona to Bergeries d´E Capanelle

GR20 stage 10: Vizzavona- Bergeries d´E Capanelle
Distance: 16 km, asc/desc: 1000/335 m, 5h
August 15th, 2016

  • The morning in Corte was complicated as several of my clothes had been stolen from the drying string right outside the tent.
  • Luckily a sports shop in central Corte sold the things I needed, including a 100 gram screw-type gas canister.
  • This stage is probably the easiest on the GR20. Having walked the GR20 in 2014, I knew what to expect. The only change I planned, was to walk the variation via Monte Alcudina as opposed to staying at the Plateau Cuscione, and then I would probably camp at Bocca de Verdi to avoid the winds at I Prati.

    Bergeries d´Alzeta
    Bergeries d´Alzeta
  • Gradual walk up through the forest to Bocca Palmento and then past the Bergeries d´Alzeta (no people around) through level paths to E Capanelle, a rather uncharming ski station at a roadend.
  • It would not be too hard to continue on to Bocca di Verdi, a total of 30 km from Vizzavona.

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This post is part of a series on the GR20 as walked in August 2015.

GR20 stage 9: Refuge de l´Onda to Vizzavona

GR20 stage 9: Refuge de l´Onda-Vizzavona
Distance: 11 km, asc/desc: 670/1180 m, 7 h
August 14th, 2016

  • Directly up to the Monte d´Oro summit ridge followed by a long, long descent to Vizzavona.
  • I had considered the detour via Monte d´Oro, however I failed spot the turn-off from the main trail on the summit ridge.

    The descent to Vizzavona
                          The descent to Vizzavona
  • The descent is long and straightforward in fine weather but the slabs near the top would be difficult to descend if wet.
  • An hour before Vizzavona, tourists flock around the Cascade des Anglais, where the café serves excellent sandwich.
  • The GR20 is a cash-driven trek, and buying supplies as well as beer every day as well as the occasional meal at the refuge had emptied my wallet.
  • Thus I caught an afternoon train to down to Corte,  planning to return for the GR20 South the following morning.

    Cascade d´Anglais
    Cascade des Anglais

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This post is part of a series on the GR20 as walked in August 2015.

GR20 stage 8: Refuge de Petra Piana to Refuge de l´Onda

GR20 stage 8: Refuge de Petra Piana-Refuge de l´Onda over the ridge
Distance: 8 km, asc/desc: 390/800 m, 5 h
August 13th, 2016

  • A relatively short stage, the choice is between a longer valley walk or a shorter ridge walk. I chose the ridge.
  • The scrambling sections are few, though I did throw my backpack down a steep section once, however as it rolled on I had to scramble further 50 m down to pick it up.
  • Again I was alone on the stage having left Petra Piana as the last one at 9am.

    The ridge walk from Petra Piana to Onda
                         The ridge walk from Petra Piana to Onda

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This post is part of a series on the GR20 as walked in August 2015.

GR20 stage 7: Refuge de Mangano to Refuge de Petra Piana

GR20 stage 7: Refuge de Mangano-Refuge de Petra Piana
Distance: 10 km, asc/desc: 980/740 m, 9 h
August 12th, 2016

  • I spent a day in Refuge de Mangano, as I was completely soaked from yesterdays thunderstorm. Furthermore weather forecasts were not good. It would turn out to be my last rest day on the GR20.

    Leaving Refuge de Mangano
                                    Leaving Refuge de Mangano
  • Finally on the road, the stage to Refuge de Petra Piana is probably the most spectacular stage on the entire GR20.
  • It also contains the most troublesome scrambling section on the entire GR20.
  • The moment crossing the Bréche de Capitellu to the lakes Melu and Capitellu on the other side is probably the most spectacular single moment of the entire GR20.30183062604_4af74c8524_k
  • Furthermore the scrambling around the ridge provide some the most spectacular views of the entire GR20 as well.
  • It is tough however. Apart from the scrambling sections on the ridge, a bouldery section and a tough final ascent have to be overcome.
  • On the plus side, the descent to Petra Piana is not among the worst and the atmosphere at Petra Piana is wonderful.30183070534_375ae50a26_kClick for full photogallery of this GR20 stage one on flickr.
    This post is part of a series on the GR20 as walked in August 2015.