During the summer of 2011, Alan and Cyane hiked half of the GTA - the Grande Traversata delle Alpi. This wonderful and challenging long distance hike begins near the Mediterranean and goes north for 660 km along the alpine chain, on the Italian side of the border with France.
We hiked for 20 days and covered about 350 km, with an average of 15- 17 km and 1,000 meters of ascent and descent every day. Our packs weighed about 10 kilograms, including clothes, snacks, and water. We stayed at alpine huts and refuges, which provided beds, dinner, and breakfast.
Below, Cyane and Alan, happy and a little depleted after finishing the southern half of the GTA.
Below, pictures around Mon Viso, the highest mountain in that area of the Alps.