-and advice on Valle d'Aosta.
Anyone here walked in the Italian alps - specifically Porossan / Lignan / Monte Zerbion / Arp / Colle Valdobbia? The Valle d'Aosta tourism office call this Inter Valley walk 105.
I have IGC maps 115 /108 /109 on order but they will be a few weeks before they arrive. Map 108 might be even longer. Meanwhile my son needs to get planning for a mini-exped with some chums for the end of July. So if any of you can offer advice, suggest overnights, map loans please message me. (I wouldn't dare suggest scanning maps least it infringe copyright.) (Honestly.)
I've done a fair bit of walking in Italy, though not the specific walk you're talking about.
A few general points though.
Wildcamping isn't the done thing. I'm sure it's possible in some places, but the Alps are generally pretty populated places and rifugios are plentiful. Most Italian rifugios I've been to do excellent food at decent prices, you're usually never further than a couple of hours walk from one.
Most trails are well marked and well signposted. Often signs will indicate how long it will take to get to a particular point rather than the distance. In my experience these times have been spookily accurate.
Trails usually follow fairly obvious lines, particularly in the Alps. I've yet to encounter areas where losing the trail is likely or nav would be a issue (in normal visibility/weather/circumstances).
Therefore I've managed okay without comprehensive mapping. Kompass maps have been enough for me. and they are easily available in Italy. Not that I'd advise going out without a good map, but it's been less of an issue than in the UK because of the nature of the terrain and the quality of trail marking.
That said, here's a signpost I enountered down in Abruzzo:
Earthquakes and tornadoes do not come under 'Reassuring things to say to anxious parents'!
And expensive beer - 'Desparate calls for more money' are under 'Things parents expect to hear from offspring'.
ALS - another good link. I'll dig into that later.
Andista - Milan is on their itinerary. I'll give them your details ...
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