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near Santo-Pietro-di-Venaco, Corse (France)
We were the first to park by the side of the bridge (only 3 spaces available). We set off up the forest track by the side of the lively Timozzu stream. The forest provided some shelter from the heat of the sun but there was little breeze to be had, making for a hot ascent to the Bergerie de Timozzu (1533m). From here, the path rises steeply up a rocky high ridge where we cross the stream several times before reaching the green meadows then quickly leading to the Lavu del'Oriente (2061m).
We wanted to summit Monte Rotondo. The Lac was stunning, but our immediate focus was to examine the huge amphitheatre above us, beneath the peak of Monte Rotondo with a number of significant snow fields. The guidebook notes were inadequate for the next section - we could see the couloir providing access to the summit, but unfortunately several large snowfields were blocking our way into it. We stopped to talk to two Germans who had failed to summit this last year in June due to too much snow; they wished us good luck. We wanted to have a closer look to see if we could find a safe way into the couloir so set off up the rock slabs following cairns to gain height.
We followed the cairns to cross several smaller snowfields with gentle inclines. The scrambling upto the couloir was easy and fun. At around 2500m, just beneath the couloir, a large snowfield with steep inclines was blocking access; we spent some time to explore different approaches into the couloir, but in the end we all decided to 'call it a day' and retreat as the conditions were not safe enough to continue (soft snow, cracks in the snow field, large unstable bergschrund to cross onto the rocks).