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Ice Climbing in Cogne, Val d'Aosta
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ice climbing

ice climbing

Cogne is the ice climbing Mecca. It is an amazingly extensive area having over 200 routes and is a world class venue.

Cogne is nestled in the Gran Paradiso region, and comprises of three valleys; Valielle, Valnontey and Val did Cogne. These valleys are surrounded by high alpine peaks such as the famous Gran Paradiso (4020m) and the glaciers that flow from these peaks flood the valley with cold air. The climbs are all at a relatively high altitude 1500m to 2500m and hence give very reliable ice climbing conditions. In fact this is probably the most reliable ice climbing venue in Europe.

There is a huge range of grades and styles of climbs in Cogne from single pitch roadside cragging to serious multi pitch high mountain route. It is possible to climb in the sun on long friendly routes or hang out in the shade on steeper more demanding climbs.

There are many fantastic hotels to stay in Cogne and it is a really special place. On the outside the buildings have maintained their rustic charm but inside they offer unsurpassed comfort. The hotel that I use is Hotel La Barme which is situated at the road head in Valnontey. This gives us the advantage that we can walk directly from the hotel to some of the best climbs in this region.