I continued switch backing up to 1300 meters and then large patches of snow began appearing, some completely blocking the roadway. These I walked around pushing or carrying the bike. The snowy stretches grew longer and more frequent until 1400 meters they were continuous. I tried walking up through the snow for several switchbacks, thinking maybe it would become more sun-exposed and thawed, but instead it just got deeper, maybe a meter deep. At 1425 meters I reached some snowshoe tracks coming down from the opposite direction, but had no idea how much further the snow cover persisted: was it just the mountain shadow of Monte Resettum or did it extend all the way to Forcella Clautana? So I turned around and headed down. Very long descent ( I went slowly) but once I got on the paved road I made up time on the long downslope home. Will try this again- maybe by July the snow will have melted?
|Claut from 700-800 meters|
|Monte Resettum (2067 meters) from 1400 mteres on trail|
|The road becomes snow-covered, then gets deeper and deeper |
the higher you go.
|Beautiful wilderness to the east; note the pastures at Rifugio Pradut|