Photographer's Note

Going up to the mountains can be a big effort, and very often I ask myself "Why am I doing this ?". But then, when the sun comes out, and you find yourself on an immaculate glacier, you are refunded of all the effort.

This picture was taken at the sunrise during the climbing to Mount Gran Paradiso, the only "4000 meters" fully within the italian border. The place is called "schiena d'asino" (donkey's back) and is a large plateau few hundred meters below the summit.
This picture reminds me the feeling that I felt that morning, namely of being in touch with nature, and that it was well worth the effort.

The ascent along the normal route is technically simple, although rather long and exausting. The only technical difficulty is just on the summit, where the rocky narrow ridge with no protections can be dangerous if other people are met there (and this is not at all unusual, as this is a popular summit expecially diring summer weekends).

Scanned from a Velvia 100.

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