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Sunday, November 1st, 2015:

 
Rossiglione

 
There is a valley in Liguria, where a river forms little lakes and waterfalls and runs across a canyon with pinnacles and boulders of conglomerate rock towering over it: it’s the Val Gargassa, some of you might remember visiting it two years ago. The valley is said to offer three enchanting trails: on All Saints’, shall we go marching in… to the Ligurian canyon?

Just like last time, the big dilemma will be which of 3 trails to sacrifice.

#1 (circle+rhombus) is the longest one and runs along the southern ridge of the canyon; with 250 metres of vertical gain, it’s very panoramic, takes 2 hours and is rated as T/E (easy/medium)

Trail #2 (2 crosses) is perhaps the most surprising one, as it runs along the river. Even though it has barely 100 metres of vertical gain and it takes less than 1,5 hours, it’s rated as E (medium), as extra care is required in two spots, where you need to cross the Gargassa river.

Trail #3 (3 dots) runs along the northern ridge of the canyon; it’s also very panoramic, takes 90 minutes and it’s rated as E/EE (medium/hard, because of a couple of exposed sections, that are secured with chains)

Since last time we tried #2+#1, I would probably suggest #2 and #3 this time: I’ve been told that the EE part of trail #3 is nothing to be scared of, provided you don’t suffer from vertigo.

You may read more about the trails on:
http://www.101giteinliguria.it/genova/gite/genova/i-canyons-della-valle-gargassa (in Italian, it describes #1 and #2)
http://www.gambeinspalla.org/gruppi_montuosi/appennino_ligure/anello_della_val_gargassa.htm (in Italian, it describes #2 and #3)
http://www.parcobeigua.it/iti_dettaglio.php?id_iti=3433 (in English, again it just describes #2 and #3)
http://www.altea-ge.it/Altea/gite/PDF%20GITA1-00-18ROBALCONEVEREIBUDRANROSS.pdf (in Italian, it describes #1 and #3 and another bonus hike)

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How to get to Rossiglione, and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at the entrance of Rossiglione train station at 11:25 (or on the front coach of the “regionale 6182” train from Genova Brignole)

Suggested trains are (on Sunday, November 1st):

* for those travelling from Genova *

Regionale 6182
Genova Brignole 10:32 (Genova Piazza Principe 10:39) Rossiglione 11:25

* for those travelling westwards *

FB 9760 (**)
La Spezia Centrale 09:10 Genova Brignole 10:01

followed by Regionale 6182
Genova Brignole 10:32 Rossiglione 11:25

* for those travelling southwards *

IC 1533 (**)
Milano Centrale 08:10 Genova Piazza Principe 09:44

followed by Regionale 6182
Genova Piazza Principe 10:39 Rossiglione 11:25

(from Milano, there’s also Regionale Veloce 2181
Milano Centrale 07:25 Milano Lambrate 07:32 Genova Piazza Principe 09:14)

Return will be from Rossiglione (probably after 6pm, as the 4:30pm train would require quite a fast hiking pace)

Ah, please bring food and enough water with you (as there are no water taps along the trail, plus it would be better to start hiking right away, at 11:30. In case trail #3 turns out to be more complicated than expected, we can always go back and take trail #1)

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(**) For those who are catching IC or FB trains:

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you should be eligible to have discounts as high as 50%, if you registered to the (free) Cartafreccia program. In case you haven’t registered yet, send me a message and I can send you an invitation (of course, you can also register on your own… but an invitation would grant us both a 10 euro voucher 🙂 )
In order to get the discount, remember to buy the ticket before 23:59 of Saturday.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (+39 329 7203364)

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Sunday, October 11th, 2015:

 
Levanto

 
The weather may be getting colder, but the forecast predicts enough sunshine this Sunday, to dare having one more dive in the Ligurian sea: before going back to the inland, shall we have one more hike&swim along the coast?

Just like one year ago, I suggest aiming at the beach that enchanted us the most: Porto Pidocchio of Framura. Since it’s a boar-hunting Sunday, I propose going mainstream and treading the blue trail between Levanto and Framura.
The idea is to meetup, shortly after 11am, at the train station of Levanto: after picking up the usual focaccia (and possibly some gattafin?), we’ll follow trail #1 until Scernio, then we’ll take trail #4, so as to avoid going down to Bonassola and hiking up again. We’ll head up to Montaretto and then we’ll reconnect to trail #1 and walk on until Framura. Trail is rated as T/E (easy/medium), features old mule tracks, basaltic rocks and many lookout points over the bay of Bonassola and Framura; it is well described on . http://www.prolocobonassola.it/eng/iti08.asp
http://www.prolocobonassola.it/eng/iti03.asp
http://www.prolocobonassola.it/eng/iti06.asp

Total hiking time is approx 3,5 hours, vertical gain is around 300 metres.

By 4pm we’ll likely be in Framura, where it might be feasible to have a quick swim in the sea, before catching the train back: water temperature should be 20/21 degrees.

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How to get to Levanto, and how to come back alive:

On Sunday, October 11th, let’s meet at Levanto train station at 11:11 am.

Recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards

REG 2181: Genova Piazza Principe 09:12 (Genova Brignole 09:21) Sestri Levante 10:30
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REG 24505: Sestri Levante 10:47 Levanto 11:11

or

IC 1533 (**): Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 9:56) Levanto 10:57

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* if you travel westwards

REG 24488: La Spezia Centrale 10:06 Framura 10:34

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* if you travel southwards:

Take REG 2181 (at 7:25) or IC 1533 (**) (at 8:10) from Milano.

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Return will be from Framura station, around 6pm.

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(**) For those who are catching IC trains:

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) o older than 60, you should be eligible to have discounts as high as 50%, if you catch the IC train and registered to the (free) Cartafreccia program. In case you haven’t registered yet, send me a message and I can send you an invitation (of course, you can also register on your own… but an invitation would grant us both a 10 euro voucher 🙂 )
In order to get the discount, remember to buy the ticket before 23:59 of Saturday.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (for example, at +39 329 7203364)