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Pop-Up-Abruzzo: A Walk with Author Stuart Haines

by Sam Dunham
Walking in Abruzzo

Walking in Abruzzo, Stuart HainesJoin us to uncover more of ’s stunning landscapes  with the help of author Stuart Haines’ who will artfully guide us on a free pop-up taken from his new , ‘Walking in Abruzzo‘.

Stuart will lead our free walk on a ‘friends and equals’ basis up to Monte Camicia and invites 11 of our readers to join us on Saturday 3rd August  for some of the best views of .

Monte Camicia is an iconic peak that breaches the 2,500 m mark – it’s extraordinarily beautiful, with stunning views and a good chance of seeing camosci, eagles and an abundance of alpine flowers.

A visit to the summit of Monte Camicia via Monte Tremoggia is a lovely medium-grade round trip of about 8 km with some ascent & descent (900 m) but all on good paths and never too steep. There are options to make it easier, depending in part on how the day pans out and the level of the walkers involved.  It’s not a pootle but most reasonably fit people would find it quite achievable and a very rewarding challenge.
We will gather for 9.15 am at the Rifugio Fonte Vetica near the car park; it should be open for refreshments both at departure and arrival back at 3.15 pm.   From the / side of the mountain, Fonte Vetica is probably best approached via Farindola.


Vital Statistics & Information
Start and End Point Car park at Rifugio Fonte Vetica on Campo Imperatore
GPS Coordinates of Start Point 42.424376, 13.742923
Lowpoint Car park – 1,608 m
Highpoint Summit of Monte Camicia – 2,528 m
Difference 920 m
Total Ascent 961 m – there is a very small amount of descent on the way up
Total Distance 8 km
Estimated Walking Time 4 hrs 45 mins – this doesn’t include resting time and assumes a medium pace. No hares and no tortoises…
Paths and Exposure Paths are good but with some rocky steps. The paths are not narrow and exposed nor very steep but, on the ridge, there is a very big overall sense of exposure and massive views. The route is not suitable for vertigo sufferers.
Start time 9:15 am
Refreshments Nowhere on the route. Rifugio Fonte Vetica may be open.
Water Nowhere on the route. Set off with at least 2.5 litres
Lunch Bring a packed lunch and some snacks in your rucksack
Clothing and Equipment Walking boots, walking trousers, fleecy top, gloves, warm hat and water / windproof jacket and trousers. A rucksack big enough for your lunch, water, gloves, hat and waterproof layer (which, with luck, you won’t be wearing). Sun hat, sun glasses and sun cream. poles will be a help.
Alternative Routes Once on the ridge it is possible to not visit the summits of Monte Tremoggia and Monte Camicia, but instead, to make a shorter and lower loop via the summit of Monte Siella (2,027m). This would reduce the day by about 1 hr 30 mins and 470 m of ascent / descent and 2 km across the ground. If you opt for the alternative route, from the ridge you will not be accompanied by Stuart and, possibly, by anyone else. But it is not difficult and directions will be provided. If the weather becomes inclement the whole group may do the shorter route.
Numbers 12 walkers maximum plus Stuart
Guidance Stuart Haines will lead the walk on a ‘friends and equals’ basis. No fees to be paid; no insurances or warranties are provided.


We will make every effort to facilitate car sharing to enable all walkers to come.  If numbers are great enough transportation can be arranged from Pescara Centrale Station but this would be an additional fee.  We will send a  quote for  the return journey using a local minibus or alternatively arrange a car share where possible.

How to Book

To book your place on the free walk, please register here.  Only walkers who have pre-registered will be accepted on the walk.



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