Abruzzo: bike touring and hiking

One of the most beautiful yet unknown regions of Italy, Abruzzo offers a variety of views, cultures and environments which seem impossible to be found in such a small area.

Our Bottom Up Climb starts from the beach in Pescara and in two days of easy and scenographic bike touring on quiet hill and mountain roads leads to Fonte Cerreto, at the base of the cable car which serves the small ski resort in Campo Imperatore. Of course, no use of such a cable car is allowed for a Bottom Up Climber. On the third and last day, a long hike (10 km and 1900 vertical meters, without counting the descent) leads to the west peak of the Corno Grande, 2912 m asl, the highest peak in the Gran Sasso massif, in the whole Appennine Mountains and, of course, in Abruzzo.

Read the report and look at the pictures of this new Bottom Up Climb which was completed from August 1st to August 3rd 2013 by Giuseppe and Massimo.

 

This way of completing the climb is relatively easy and relaxed and is accessible to everyone with an average physical condition. The last hike can be split into two parts, sleeping at the hotel right at the top of the cable car. It is not the most direct way from the sea to the top of Abruzzo: a realtively trained amateur athlete can complete the climb cycling and hiking in one day, along the Vomano Valley and accessing the Gran Sasso from Prati di Tivo. Or one can hike or run all the way from the sea to the peak. You choose the way you prefer, in the spirit of Bottom Up Climbs!

Abruzzo is located in central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on a mostly mountainous and wild terrain.
In the mountains, tourist resorts and well-equipped facilities for skiing and winter sports rise among unpolluted peaks and rocky walls, e.g. Pescasseroli, Rivisondoli and Roccaraso.
The natural landscape of the high and steep peaks of the Gran SassoLaga Mountains, and Mount Majella slopes down to a wide range of hills, until it finally reaches the Adriatic coast.
The route that spans from the Gran Sasso down to the sea crosses territories that are rich in history, traditions and art that never cease to surprise visitors.
Narrow valleys and impressive, natural paths thrust their way into the mountains and hills, as does the amazing and fascinating Aterno Valley, crawling with ancient villages.
Natural reserves, like the National Park of Abruzzo, the Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga Mountains, or that of Mount Majella, protect the typical vegetable and animal species of the area, including the golden eagle, the wolf and the Marsican brown bear.
The Adriatic coast is characterized by long and sandy beaches to the north and pebbly beaches to the south. Also, the small villages of the hinterland, as well as the monasteries and castles of the region, are very charming and  part of many touristic routes in this the “greenest region” in Italy (source www.italia.it)

 

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