Ascent of Corno Grande on 2010-07-07

Climber: Giovanni Forti

Date:Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Corno Grande
    Elevation:2912 m / 9554 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Departing from Prati di Tivo with the Cable car to La Madonnina at about 2000m, there begins the easy and beautiful hike to Rifugio Franchetti (2443m), from which you can see a vast part of Abruzzo. The trail is easy, rocky, with no particular though parts (people from 3 to 80 years old should not have any problem if just a little fit and with convenient shoes). Just two short passages have a steel rope to grab in order to climb rocky stairs, which are a little wet and slippery.
This part took for us (my brother 13 y.o., my father, two friends of him and me) little less than 1h. Then we rested ten minutes at the Rifugio, talking to the very pleasant local host, Luca Mazzoleni, drinking a little water and changing our tshirts.
Here began the real ascent, easily reaching the col Sella dei Due Corni (2600m ca.) and taking the red-white signed trail on the left, which rises with many turns up to a shoulder that you shall avoid passing on its right and taking again a more vertical path that leads you to a crest.
On your left you see the whole Corno Grande, with his three peaks (East Peak, Torrione di Cambi, West Peak) and with the Calderotto Glacier, the southernmost glacier in Europe, 200 meters below, in the Canalone delle Cornacchie. On your right the panorama is almost as beautiful, with the Corno Piccolo, the Monte Corvo and Monte Brancastello and other peaks of the Monti della Laga range.
You keep on walking on the path going a little down on the crest to take the last 5 minutes uphill to the top of the West Peak of Corno Grande, the highest of Abruzzo and of the whole peninsular Italy (therefore excluding the Alps and the volcano Monte Etna, in Sicily).
To wait my brother and one of the friends of my father we slowed down a bit, spending therefore another 1h 45 minutes from Rifugio Franchetti, for a total uphill time, breaks included, of 2:45h, but the whole ascent is possible, NOT RUNNING, in something less than two hours (done 07-13-2012).
Enjoy :)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:905 m / 2969 ft
    Trailhead:La Madonnina  2007 m / 6585 ft
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Sunny, windy day
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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