Ascent of Monte San Salvatore on 2020-09-03

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Thursday, September 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte San Salvatore
    Elevation:2995 ft / 912 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a morning ascent of Monte Nudo, I cross into Switzerland for a few days en route to Germany.

Popular peak with funicular railway almost to summit, good trails, also a quite challenging via ferrata (grade C?), ferrata kit advised, dry conditions essential.

Small amount of free parking eg to NW at start or end of Via ai Ronchi, at 450m, close to Pazzallo funicular station (paid parking further down I assume). Ferrata turnoff is just beyond (E of) the railway, well signed and warned! It's vertical throughout, the first half consisting of cable and stanchions with almost no artificial footholds, ie only natural footholds, good solid limestone. Footholds (staples) increase after halfway, seemingly more related to climbers tiredness than terrain! There's a break at 3/4 height with a traverse path L then a final slightly easier section. A trail then leads to the main trail, turn R for summit. Several nice viewpoints en route, shady benches at summit rather welcome! Oratory with rooftop observation platform; natural highpoint is an outcrop just under the eastern railing. Permanent display of posters re railway construction especially interesting to me as a civil engineer.

1h20 up including ferrata, 1hr at and around summit, 40mins down. Monte San Salvatore photos

Next morning I climb Brienzer Rothorn.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1489 ft / 453 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 4
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble, Aid Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1489 ft / 453 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Start Trailhead:1506 ft / 459 m
Descent Statistics
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