Just two weeks after the 174 km of the Spine Challenger, I didn‚Äôt feel like trail running again and since the snow conditions are pretty good, I went Ski touring in the Mercantour National Park. I made a classic 16 km loop starting in Bor√©on, crossing the Vacherie des Erps and climbing up to the Cime Guili√© (2999 m) and back through the Vallon de Sangu√©. Good snow all the way up, the snow Vallon de Sangu√© has started to melt a bit, then good conditions again below 1900 m.
After the ski, I went to the Alpha wolf park to take a look at the ice climbing wall which looks in pretty good conditions too.
From the top of Guilie (¬© Philippe Gatta)
Distance: 16 km, ascent: 1500 m / descent: 1500 m.
Cayre des Erps and Pelago (¬© Philippe Gatta)
GPS Track: Cime de Guilie – Sangue GPS Track
Caires de Cougourde (¬© Philippe Gatta)
Description: park at Bor√©on close to the Gite (signpost 370). Go toward the Vacherie des Erps (371, 378). Continue along the Vallon of Erps to the Combe Guili√©, turn right to Baissette (2667 m). Then go left to the Lac de Guili√© and the Cime Guili√©. Descend along the Vallon de Sangu√© to B424, then follow the trail to the Bor√©on (423, 422, 421, 420, 419, 381).
Ice wall of Boreon (¬© Philippe Gatta)