Ascent To The Mt Camicia:
In this article we present a mountaineering itinerary in the beautiful Tibetan like scenery of the Campo Imperatore plateau.
We are faced with one of the most interesting excursions around Abruzzo. The Mt Camicia skialp trail is practicable even during the summer season by hikers of all ages, but it is during the winter season that the mountaineers and ski lovers will get charmed by this place!
This excursion has a lot to offer to those who will venture with the right spirit. The stunning scenery, a paradise for photographers, with its rugged, snowy slopes is an ideal place for skiing during a sunny spring day.
Moreover, there are many relevant rare species of wild animals that can be seen during the excursion. The massive presence of the Chamois of Abruzzo (Rupicapra Pyrenaica Ornata), the chance to see Golden Eagles (Aquila Chrisaetos) as well as the multitude of animal species inhabiting the high altitude Apennines habitats like wolves and foxes.
The road from L'Aquila starts climbing Gran Sasso slopes leaving behind the magnificent villages of Rocca Calascio, S.Stefano di Sessanio and Castel del Monte reaching up to the foot of Mt Camicia (2564mt). The proposed itinerary begins right there, just in Fonte Vetica, where we can park our car as well as ideal place to restore energies later at the end of our activities with typical gastronomy of the place: arrosticini and local cheese are the best choices for us!
The Mount Camicia Ski Alp trail starts from the parking going up the Vradda Canal to the upper rocky landform of Mount Camicia. From here the environment will become increasingly adverse because of the steep endless slopes and tricky passages. Don't worry! Soon the ridges at the top get closer and will shortly leading to the summit.
Our advice here is not to go straight to the summit because the best show this place has to offer, for once, is not at the top.
Take your time looking at the famous "Balconate" of Mt Camicia. It is a long sequence of sharp edges and rock balconies that separate from the east side with an fantastic panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea to the west side overlooking the Campo Imperatore snowy lands.
The instant of sunrise from this location, looking eastward, is absolutely awesome! No words or pictures can tell what we felt up there.. you should just go and see by yourself!
When the dawn's show is over we just have to enjoy the nearby summit and then start thinking about the descent.
After resting for a while is time to get back skiing down along the opposite side of the climb (called "Paginone" slope) who takes its name cause of the regularity of the snow-covered surface.
An amazing descent leads us to the ruins of the old Bauxite mine and after a long cross, we will return finally at the starting base.
WHAT A DAY!
EXTRA CONTENT : 360° PANORAMA
To help you better immerse in the ultra wide angle from this Mt Camicia's Balconate here is a 360° Panorama for you: enjoy it!
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