Cime du Gélas

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Cime du Gélas
Monte Gelàs
Cime du Gélas, in winter, from Vallon de la Madone de Fenestre
Southern side of the Cime du Gélas
Highest point
Elevation3,143 m (10,312 ft)[1]
Prominence669 m (2,195 ft)[1]
Cime du Gélas
Location in the Alps
LocationPiedmont, Italy
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Parent rangeMaritime Alps
First ascent1864
Easiest routesnow/rock climb

Cime du Gélas (Italian: Monte Gelàs) is a 3,143 m (10,312 ft) high mountain on the boundary between France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region) and Italy (Province of Cuneo).

It is the highest peak of the Mercantour National Park (French: Parc national du Mercantour) and of the Alpes-Maritimes department, while on the Italian side it is part of the Maritime Alps Natural Park (Parco naturale delle Alpi Marittime).

Name[change | change source]

Cime du Gelàs

The name of the mountain comes from the Occitan verb gelà that means "to freeze" because the glaciers that are in the northern side; the glaciers have reduced their sizes during the late 20th century but they are still there.

Geography[change | change source]

Cime du Gelàs is part of the Maritime Alps, southeast France. Geologically, it is part of the Mercantour-Argentera massif, and is mostly formed by gneiss.

The peak is composed of two smaller ones, divided by a gorge called Sella del Gelàs. The highest peak is the northern one; it is the easier to climb and has, on the top, a small wood sculpture of the Madonna and a cross on the top that was built here by order of priests from Cuneo.

History[change | change source]

The first recorded ascension of the peak was made on 1864 by Paolo di Saint-Robert.[2] in 1894, Victor de Cessole was the first to climb the mountain in winter.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cime du Gélas, France". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. "Cime du Glas". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 10 November 2016.

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