Ascent of Monte Calvo on 2010-10-23
|Date:||Saturday, October 23, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1897 m / 6227 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportHaving summited Monte Camicia and failed on Corno Grande (too icy, wrong gear) I used the late afternoon to investigate this much gentler summit. Google Maps (and my SatNav) showed a road from the SW leading about halfway to the summit. At N42 21 34.7 E13 11 32.6, 993m (GPSr) a narrow tarmac road turns sharply SE off the main road then zig zags up to a comms mast. An unsurfaced track forks R here with parking at its start, N42 22 38.8 E13 12 18.1, 1474m (GPSr).
From the trailhead the unsurfaced road can be seen zigzagging up a grassy hillside. The standard red circle sign indicates access for authorised vehicles only; the track is a bit steep and loose for a normal car and anyway, it's a nice walk. I head up at 17:00, enjoying the contrast of autumn-brown beech leaves against the green and grey hillside. A vehicle passes me (presumably the farmer) - I get a wave and a Ciao. I follow the track to its closest approach to the summit then head straight up steepish stony limestone unfenced grassland following the GPS pointer. There are 2 summits: the southernmost (N42 23 33.9 E13 12 02.2) is unmarked but with a large cross a few metres away. Here the GPSr initially registers 1909m but by the time I've gone to the N summit and back and to the cross and back it has settled to 1899m, very close to the expected value. The N summit is 200m to the NNW. The GPS (on its falling trend) read slightly higher there but it "felt" maybe 1-2m lower then the S top. The ridge was in cloud, but with a nice view down to the E.
The ascent had taken 45 minutes; the descent took 30 minutes, taking a fairly direct line down the grassy ridge to meet the track about halfway down.
Having nothing else to do all evening, I then detoured to the village-top P600 Monte Cevella on the way back to Rome.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||481 m / 1587 ft|
| Extra Gain:||29 m / 98 ft|
| Distance:||4.5 km / 2.8 mi|
| Route:||S ridge|
| Trailhead:||Transmitter road S of summit 1474 m / 4836 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 2|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||45 Minutes|
| Time Down:||30 Minutes|
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