Cime du Gélas
|Cime du Gélas|
Southern side of the Cime du Gélas
|Elevation||3,143 m (10,312 ft) |
|Prominence||669 m (2,195 ft) |
Piedmont, Italy |
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
|Parent range||Maritime Alps|
|Easiest route||snow/rock climb|
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]
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]
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]
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Monte Gelas.|
- Cime du Gélas at Altituderando.com (French)