February 19, 2021. Finally, after more than 4 months spent in the red and orange areas due to the terrible Covid-19, there is the possibility of making a trekking in Val Grande di Lanzo.
I wake up at 5 in the morning, sleepy and almost hurt by the sound of the alarm clock, I get up in a hurry. A quick wash, dressing almost in a trance and I'm immediately in the garage to take the car: the appointment with my brother Fabrizio is at 5.30.
I already know that, if I arrive late, I will have to suffer a litany of phrases from him like "You are always the same!", "Never be on time!" and others that I prefer not to say for their offensive and provocative nature!
The journey by car passes quickly between supportive comments on Juventus team recent bad match in the Champions League and the usual reports on our family lives.
We arrive in the valley at the first light of day and, without even stopping for breakfast, we walk the road that leads from Chialamberto to Vonzo, hoping to meet "my friends" roe deers. We are quite lucky and spot some ungulates, a couple formed by an adult male and a second year young also allows me to take some good photos.
Now we can go back to Cantoira for a well deserved breakfast!
After quenching our hunger, we opt to do a trekking in the Vallone di Sea, one of the wildest areas of the Val Grande. A few hundred meters and we decide to put on snowshoes, there is not a lot of snow but we still tend to sink ... after all, both Fabrizio and I are two big men taller than 1.85 meters!
Arriving at the first plateau of the valley, we are unable to spot the desired ibex but "only" a solitary chamois. It is very distant but I do not give up taking some photos set as I like them. The chamois is grazing on bare shrubs, a very poor meal but winter can be very hard for these animals and you have to know how to adapt.
Time to take a few more photos of the icy winter landscape which is already time to get back to the car. Previous engagements call but Fabrizio and I promise to come back soon, Corona Virus permitting, for a longer and more demanding snowshoe hike.