Monte Emilius (3559m), Valle d'Aosta
Rainbows & Flowers, Aosta Alpine Scene En Route To Rifugio Arbolle
The chairlift from the Aosta ski station of Pila can be taken to leap frog from 1790m to c. 2290m and just a short stroll to the lovely Lago di Chamole. From here a steep sustained path leads directly to the Col di Chamole at 2641m from where both the Rifugio Arbolle and Mont Emulous can both be seen.
Rough Walking, Boulders, Fantastic Views, The Ascent of Mont Emilius....
This rough section of boulders actually has a reasonable path way marked through to the Pass Tre Cappuccini (3224m) where the ascent of South Ridge proper begins.
The Rifugio Arbolle (2510m) Nestled by the Lago Arbolle
With Mont Emilius West Ridge just visible on the left. This route is equipped with a popular Via Ferrata Route. The easier South Ridge is further round to the right, out of sight, and accessed by a long walking ascent via the grassy, then rocky valley curving around to the left from the river visible far right.
The Attractive & Hospitable Rifugio Arbolle - Base Camp For Emilius
This smart & modern hut has good facilities, decent food and a friendly & knowledgable guardian offering helpful advice on the numerous local climbing & walking routes.
The Sustained Approach Path (No.14!) To Emilius South Ridge
With Monte Bianco & Grandes Jorasses South Sides prominent in the background.
The Glacial North East Flank Of Gran Paradiso
The quiet side of the highest mountain entirely in Italy, seen across the Col Garin from Mont Emilius Approach Path
High On The South Ridge Of Mont Emilius
The blocky & rocky nature of the terrain is evident here. Mainly easy, often loose, more solid close to the crest with more short passages of easy scrambling on the ridge itself. These can be avoided by the traversing path on the East side although this is looser ground. Brilliant views!
Father & Son Team - Mont Emilius Summit
With the Matterhorn & other giants of the Swiss Valais Alps visible to the North across Valle d'Aosta