GR20 Corsica – The High Level Route
|ISBN||ISBN-10: 1 85284 321 7 (First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 477 6 (Second Edition)
Many years ago Alan Castle wrote about the GR20 for Cicerone. The route changed and the book was revised piecemeal, but it became clear that a new guidebook was needed. Connie Roos went to research the route and prepare a new guide, but she was struck dead by lightning shortly before the finish.
I took on the project late in the year, but still managed to check some low-level, snow-covered stretches of the GR20. The high-level GR20 was checked the following summer, along with routes up some nearby mountains. The guidebook therefore includes the main route of the GR20, alternative routes, and ascents of nearby mountains.
The whole route, along with more links to nearby villages, was walked, checked again and completely re-written for the current full-colour edition, which contains plenty more photographs and full-colour mapping. The GR20 has the reputation of being the toughest waymarked trail in Europe, and anyone attempting it needs to plan carefully. However, despite the rigours of the route, it is within the capabilities of fit walkers who take care where they are putting their feet. The information in the guidebook makes it perfectly clear what is required.
In a review in TGO (The Great Outdoors) magazine, Martin Salter-Smith said "Paddy Dillon's detailed route descriptions, realistic timings and an acknowledgement of the mental, as well as the physical challenge to be overcome... is well phrased and should be read and carefully digested by walkers... a handy reference... helpful details... the colour photos capture some of the atmosphere of the journey... this is a well-researched and practical guide which will be drooled over on wet winter evenings, and thumbed again in remote refuges where the summer scent of the maquis drifts in from the tangled hillsides of the Mountain in the Sea."
Walkers please note: From 2009 all PNRC refuges and campsites must be booked and paid for in advance of starting a trek along the GR20. Full details at www.parc-corse.org.
|Stage 1||Calenzana to Refuge d'Ortu di u Piobbu (high level)|
|Stage 1||Calenzana to Refuge d'Ortu di u Piobbu (low level)|
|Ascent of Monte Corona from Refuge d'Ortu di u Piobbu|
|Stage 2||Refuge d'Ortu di u Piobbu to Refuge de Carozzu (high level)|
|Stage 2||Refuge d'Ortu di u Piobbu to Refuge de Carozzu (low level)|
|Stage 3||Refuge de Carozzu to Haut Asco|
|Ascent of Monte Cinto from Haut Asco|
|Stage 4||Haut Asco to Auberge U Vallone|
|Link from Auberge U Vallone to Albertacce|
|Stage 5||Auberge U Vallone to Hotel Castel di Vergio|
|Ascent of Paglia Orba from Refuge de Ciottulu di I Mori|
|Stage 6||Hotel Castel di Vergio to Refuge de Manganu|
|Link from Refuge de Manganu to Soccia|
|Stage 7||Refuge de Manganu to Refuge de Petra Piana|
|Ascent of Monte Rotondu from Refuge de Petra Piana|
|Stage 8||Refuge de Petra Piana to Refuge de l'Onda (low level)|
|Stage 8||Refuge de Petra Piana to Refuge de l'Onda (high level)|
|Link from Bergerie de Tolla to Tattone|
|Stage 9||Refuge de l'Onda to Vizzavona (low-level)|
|Stage 9||Refuge de l'Onda to Vizzavona (high-level)|
|Stage 10||Vizzavona to Bergeries d' E Capanelle|
|Stage 11||Bergeries d' E Capanelle to Bocca di Verdi (low-level)|
|Stage 11||Bergeries d' E Capanelle to Bocca di Verdi (high-level)|
|Stage 12||Bocca di Verdi to Refuge d'Usciolu|
|Link from Refuge d'Usciolu to Cozzano|
|Stage 13||Refuge d'Usciolu to Refuge d'Asinau|
|Link from Refuge d'Usciolu to Zicavo|
|Link from Bocca di l'Agnonu to Bergerie de Basseta|
|Link from Zicavo to Refuge d'Asinau|
|Stage 14||Refuge d'Asinau to Col de Bavella (low-level)|
|Stage 14||Refuge d'Asinau to Col de Bavella (high-level)|
|Stage 15||Col de Bavella to Conca|