Ascent of Monte Cimone on 2009-05-19
|Date:||Tuesday, May 19, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||2164 m / 7103 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportOn a family holiday to the Cinque Terre, I took a day out to drive southeast to the northeastern appennine high point.
The drive was prolonged by the fact that I tried to drive there by a direct route over a high pass (Foce a Giovo) which turned out to be completely washed out beyond the Rifugio Casentini, The road is dirt at the best of times but in May 09 was passable only with a serious 4WD (ie Toyota Land Cruiser type, not BMW X5 or similar due to very high clearance needed to get over the boulder field remaining.
After the detour I started out from Fiumalbo with a 1:200K road map and the description from Petter Bjorstad's website (see http://www.ii.uib.no/~petter/mountains.html). The ascent is very straightforward although some old hard snow on teh ridge, and a biting wind made it feel more like March than May in central Italy
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||800 m / 2625 ft|
| Trailhead:||Fiumalbo 1364 m / 4478 ft|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Clear|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 10 Minutes|
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