Thursday 14 September 2023

Umbrail Pass x Stelvio Pass

Despite our exhaustion from the previous day, we decided to take on the challenge of climbing Stelvio.

The weather was a pleasant surprise, and though it wasn't very sunny, it was warm enough to attempt the 2700m ascent. Contrary to the rumours of it being boring, Stelvio turned out to be unexpectedly cool. 
The first part of the climb to Umbrail was surprisingly easy and quick. The descent through Umbrail to Switzerland was breathtaking, and the climb from Prato, while demanding, was mind-blowing as well. 

The final turns tested us mentally more than physically, and we reached the top late in the evening. Our fear of a difficult and cold descent was unfounded, as it turned out to be a lot of fun. Despite many motorbikes, the descent was fast and enjoyable, with amazing turns and smooth asphalt and when we finally arrived in Bormio, it was still warm and sunny. 

For sure Stelvio proved to be a trip highlight - don't let the naysayers deter you; it's worth every moment with its incredible turns and views. It's one of Europe's longest climbs, after all!

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