GR20 - new variant route on the GR20
Paddy Dillon has informed us that a variant route has now been put in place at the Cirque De La Solitude on the GR20.
"The route is now fully marked with double-yellow flashes, and the steepest, rockiest parts are now equipped with ropes. According to signboards erected at Haut Asco, the variant takes 8 to 10 hours to reach the Refuge de Tighettu, though trekkers seem to be completing it in 7 to 8 hours. The distance is 7km (4½ miles) and the total ascent is 1200m (3940ft). The route involves climbing onto the shoulder of Monte Cintu, gaining the ridge at the Pointe des Eboulis, then heading towards the gap of Bocca Crucetta, finally descending to the Refuge de Tighjettu. Pictures of the route, the new markings and rope-equipped sections are available at here."
Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon