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Ascent of Becco di Filadonna on 2008-09-01

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Monday, September 1, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Becco di Filadonna
    Location:Italy
    Elevation:2150 m / 7054 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Becco di Filadonna: 2150m, P943m

Map: Kompass 1:50k map 75 (100m contours).

Stats: 5km; 1050mH

Time: Mon 1 Sept 2008.

Start: Passo della Fricca: Albergo Bar Ristorante Sindech

Route: Trail 442 starts opposite the Ristorante, winding up through woodland, passing Rif. Casarola on its S (R) side. Shortly after the rifugio, the trail crosses a ravine. Soon afterwards, at the junction with trail 443, keep L on 442. From here the trail continues upward fairly steeply, zig-zagging up to the ridge, where it arrives quite suddenly at a wide heathy upland. Here it cuts back R (NE) across the slope, then there is a fork R (E), with a trail (425) continuing W towards a string of attractive rocky summits. However, for the Becco, a trail leads E, skirting below crumbly limestone crags, to a large cross perched above a big drop. However, the summit is a short distance to the S, above a line of lowish cliffs. Retracing your steps c50m W along the path, look for faint paths leading up to where the cliffs are broken by several feasible ascent lines. I used an easy chimney, maybe 5m high. There is much rubbly stone at its foot, so careful footwork is needed, especially in descent. Above these cliffs, the summit is easily reached.

Difficulties: The trail as far as the Cross is easy and well defined, mainly YDS 2 (rocky in parts, with some YDS 2+). The final summit climb involves some loose ground, fairly exposed, and a 5m scramble.

Triangulation point: IGM plaque set in concrete at true summit, with 1952 inscribed into the concrete - presumably the installation date.

Summit: Rocky summit with a small marble cross, bell and memorial plaque "To Michele ... from your friends.", all affixed to a boulder. Trig plaque nearby. There is a much larger cross at the foot of the summit block, at the end of the main path. There were hazy views; the view W along a string of slightly lower peaks is very fine.

Notes: This was a solo ascent squeezed in at the end of the day. We had made a fairly easy ascent of Cima Valdritta in the morning, then Monte Altissimo di Nago at lunchtime. We had then planned to climb Monte Verena (2015m) above Val d'Assa, but were unable to locate the mapped path from the N, and the road in from the W is for authorised vehicles only. So that left the Becco, which turned out to be quite a worthy objective, just about do-able in the remaining time. Andrew stayed with the car, and headed off to do some food shopping while I headed up the trail at top speed. The initial ascent is through pleasant deciduous woodland. Beyond the Rif. Casarola, the woodland soon changes to fire-blackened conifers, quite austere in thick cloud. After some steep rocky zig-zags, I emerged quite suddenly onto a gently sloping plateau, grassland with low scattered shrubby pines. After a stretch of level path there is another surprise: the large cross seen from the trail fork is not at the summit. I initially wonder whether my ascent has been abortive, but a closer inspection of the cliff band shows up several weaknesses, and although aware of some exposure and the loose nature of the rock, I am soon above the difficulties and at a nice summit, with a fine rugged view.

Once carefully back down to the main trail, I run back down to the Ristorante, arriving at about 6:30. This seems a convenient place for a meal, although it is an odd place: very large dining room but the staff seem quite perturbed to find there are people wishing to eat there! And the food is truly dreadful: stodgy, overcooked, perhaps of some Eastern European tradition. We then drive to the start of tomorrow's main objective: Cornetto (Monte Bondone)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1050 m / 3445 ft
    Distance:4.8 km / 3 mi
    Route:SE face (Trail 442)
    Trailhead:Passo della Fricca  1100 m / 3609 ft
    Grade/Class:YDS 3 (summit)
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:45 Minutes



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