Ascent to Máschio delle Faete-Compound gate on 2010-10-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Sunday, October 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Máschio delle Faete - Compound gate
    Elevation:3127 ft / 953 m
    Remaining Elevation:9 ft / 2 m (2% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Prominence 610m, Elev 956 (not map checked):

My weekend in the Apennines was due to end with an 11:25 flight out of Rome FCO. The SatNav showed a road to within 200m of this summit so I was quietly confident. The instrument earned its keep plotting a complicated cross-country course from Monte Cerella which I'd visited the previous evening. Following the Strada Vicinale Della Faete out of Roca Di Papa, I reached a locked gate at N41 44 57.4 E12 43 49.1, 812m (GPSr) at about 08:45 with the SatNav showing 1.3km of mostly road to the summit. The time was a bit tight but I was close enough to give it a go. I jogged up the rough leafy road which zig-zags up through trees to emerge ... at a fenced compound (tall fence, big gate)!

A quick GPSr reading at the highest point I could reach (SW fence of compound) was 960m (quoted horizontal accuracy 4m, not giving the instrument time to settle; some tree cover). I could not see far enough into the summit compound to judge how far I was below the summit; indicated horizontal distance was about 200m although I suspect the summit was closer. With more time and some climbing gear the gate might be doable, but with no gear or time I jogged back down, pointed the SatNav at FCO and hoped for the best.

The little town of Roca Di Papa was now thronged with road runners for a race - and I was immediately in a traffic jam. Turning round I disentangled myself and hoped the SatNav would find an alternative route to the airport ... which it did.

Thus ended my first trip to the central Apennines. As I managed to not summit Corno Grande I have a return trip with plenty of other nice-looking peaks to look forward to.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:463 ft / 141 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Strada Vicinale Della Faete
    Trailhead:Strada Vicinale Della Faete (Roca Di Papa)  2664 ft / 811 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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