First time in the mountains since when I'm back from Nepal. I was looking forward! Especially because we had a lot of snow in Italy in the last weeks.
On Sunday morning I brought my son to his team training and drove to Castagno d'Andrea - San Godenzo, Firenze - then up on the road to Fonte del Borbotto, where the path to Monte Falterona's top starts. Son was going to ride home on his own.
Normally you park the car where the road ends, but now I had to stop 5 km to go due to the snow. It wasn't a surprise but I was wearing just my mountain boots, no crampons, no poles. Mountaineering skis would have been more appropriate!
I walked on the road covered in snow, then took a shortcut. I arrived to the Fonte del Borbotto and went on until Pian Cancelli.
I was happy, full of energy and full of joy. The snow was soft and cold, the sun was shining and it was almost hot. I find the time to roll about like a dog.
Some christals were unusally big on the surface of the snow: it was the amazing phenomenon of frost!
I took a break to eat, then I came back: the daylight was already fading. And then it was so sweet talking with my love, so far away and still always so close...
Time: 5 hours
Elevation: 800 m
Where: Monte Falterona, Casentino, Tuscany, Italy
Start and finish: somewhere on the road from Castagno d'Andrea (727 m) and Fonte del Borbotto (1210 m)
Summit: Pian Cancelli (1540 m)
Things to see: Fonte del Borbotto (where it's possible to fill bottles), the view from Pian Cancelli, the forest.