I was thinking to get up the Bernina today, but as that would mean transferring to Tirano again, I changed my mind.
I decided to save the Stelvio for (probably) Wednesday, but the Gavia starts almost at my doorstep too.
So, I planned a trip over the Gavia, going down to Edolo after that to climb to Aprica from the other side.
But once down in Ponte di Legno, I changed my mind again…
The Bormio side of the Gavia is considered the easier climb: 1,400 meters of elevation over 25 kilometers.
That’s a mere 5.5% average, but 900 of those are in the second half, which means the average grade goes up to 7.2%.
The best part of the climb is the stretch “in the woods”, shortly after leaving Santa Catarina Valfurva and before reaching the open.
I eventually had to change cloths, because it was getting too cold – at the summit, the “rifugio” was as warm a place as I remembered.
After a short coffee break, we descended towards Ponte di Legno, which is a horrible descent in the upper part.
Once I got down, instead of going on to Edolo, I decided to get back up the Gavia the hard way…
I then discovered I had not taken any other short sleeved jersey with me – only long sleeved ones, but they were too warm down in the valley – and I started the ascent in my Nike Pro shirt 🙂
Although it was slightly less windy on this side, I experienced the same (near) freezing temperatures.
The final is a little tougher from this end as well, but I made it…
I decided to head down to Bormio immediately – well, after changing into my arctic gear – and during the lower part of this descent, I was fighting a headwind as tough as the ones I get to endure back home.
I was glad this was in the relatively safe bottom of the descent: higher up, in the hairpin section, this might prove to be hazardous…