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    Woodslane 2020 Australian Travel and Outdoor Guides

    Trekking The GR20 Corsica

    The High Level Route
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    This guidebook describes the classic GR20 trek, the north to south traverse of the rugged mountains of Corsica. Starting in Corscias north-west, in picturesque Calenzana, the route winds south-east, through the heart of Corsica, finishing on the eastern side of the island, just north of Porto Vecchio in the township of Conca. Described in 16 stages with high level/low level alternatives for relevant stages, the route is roughly 200km in length and takes approximately two weeks to complete. The GR20 climbs high into the mountains. It is demanding trek and only suitable for experienced walkers. Step-by-step descriptions of each stage are accompanied by 1:50,000 mapping, together with information on ascent/descent, terrain, and food, water and shelter en route. Also included is invaluable information such as path conditions, what to take, and getting to/from and around Corsica. This comprehensive guide also includes information on the history and geology of Corsica, together with notes on the local plants and wildlife. An island of surreal beauty, Corsica showcases dramatic mountains, enchanting coastline and ethereal vistas. Bare rock and sheer cliff contrasts with black sand beaches, alpine pastures and pockets of forest. Mediterranean flair abounds, history lingers and culture is celebrated, making it the perfect destination for a trek bursting with adventure.

     Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 70 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 30 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.

     

     

    Map key Overview map Route summary table Introduction Geology Brief history Getting to Corsica Getting around Corsica Getting to the GR20 When to trek How to trek Maps Mountain weather Path conditions Mountain rescue What to take Services along the route Food, drink and fuel Language Currency Using this guide Plants and wildlife on Corsica Maquis Trees Flowers Wildlife The GR20 Stage 1A Calenzana to Refuge dOrtu di u Piobbu (high-level) Stage 1B Calenzana to Refuge dOrtu di u Piobbu (low-level) Excursion Ascent of Monte Corona from Refuge dOrtu di u Piobbu Stage 2A Refuge dOrtu di u Piobbu to Refuge de Carozzu (high-level) Stage 2B Refuge dOrtu di u Piobbu to Refuge de Carozzu (low-level) Stage 3 Refuge de Carozzu to Ascu Stagnu Stage 4A Ascu Stagnu to Auberge U Vallone (main) Stage 4B Ascu Stagnu to Auberge U Vallone (variant) Link route Auberge U Vallone to Albertacce Stage 5 Auberge U Vallone to Hotel Castel di Vergio Excursion Ascent of Paglia Orba from Refuge de Ciottulu di I Mori Stage 6 Hotel Castel di Vergio to Refuge de Manganu Link route Bergeries de Vaccaghja to Corte Link route Refuge de Manganu to Soccia Stage 7 Refuge de Manganu to Refuge de Petra Piana Link route Breche de Capitellu or Bocca a Soglia to Bergeries de Grotelle Excursion Ascent of Monte Ritondu from Refuge de Petra Piana Stage 8A Refuge de Petra Piana to Refuge de lOnda (low-level) Stage 8B Refuge de Petra Piana to Refuge de lOnda (high-level) Link route Bergeries de Tolla to Tattone and Vizzavona Stage 9A Refuge de lOnda to Vizzavona (low-level) Stage 9B Refuge de lOnda to Vizzavona (high-level) Stage 10 Vizzavona to Bergeries d E Capanelle Link route La Foce to Bocca Palmento Stage 11A Bergeries d E Capanelle to Bocca di Verdi (low-level) Stage 11B Bergeries d E Capanelle to Bocca di Verdi (high-level) Stage 12 Bocca di Verdi to Refuge dUsciolu Link route Refuge dUsciolu to Cozzano Stage 13 Refuge dUsciolu to Refuge de Matalza Link route Tignosellu to Zicavo Link route Zicavo to Refuge de Matalza Stage 14 Refuge de Matalza to Refuge dAsinau Alt Stage 13/14 Refuge dUsciolu to Refuge dAsinau (variant) Stage 15A Refuge dAsinau to Village de Bavella (low-level) Stage 15B Refuge dAsinau to Village de Bavella (high-level) Stage 16 Village de Bavella to Conca Appendix A Facilities along the route (Calenzana to Conca) Appendix B Facilities along the route (Conca to Calenzana) Appendix C Accommodation list Appendix D Basic language notes Appendix E Useful contacts Normal 0 false false false EN-GB JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */

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