Ascent of Montalto on 2008-07-25

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Bob Packard
Date:Friday, July 25, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:6414 ft / 1954 m

Ascent Trip Report

Monte Montalto, 1956m, P1710m

Map: road map only, e.g. Insight Travel Map: Italy: 1:800k.

Stats: 95mH, 1mi

Time: 25 July 2008, 11:30, c. 10 mins ascent.

Start: NW of summit, minor road. Elev 1845m. 15km E of S183 road. Trailhead marked by “Montalto” sign; roadside parking.

Route: obvious trail leads through beechwood to summit (we kept L of the railings on the ascent). In descent the trail soon splits: we kept R, reversing our outward route.

Difficulties: none (other than finding the correct turning off the A3 Autostrada!).

Triangulation point: concrete column 0.4 x 0.4 x 1.2m, square in section. Top surface slightly tatty, with metal ICM plaque.

Summit: clearing in trees, with gappy view S and E including Etna; trig, statue of Christ, and detailed topograph erected 1994 by various Rotary clubs.

Notes: after climbing Etna we drove to Messina and took the ferry across to San Giovanni, staying at the first hotel we found (Plaza Hotel). For the only time this trip, we stayed for a hotel breakfast! We somehow missed the Gambarie turn off the A3 hence took an indirect but very scenic drive via Melito, eventually reaching the trailhead at 11:30. A steepish trail leads to the summit, from which we could see Etna smoking, through a convenient gap in the trees, and a more extensive view S. After our climb we returned to the S183, followed it N to the A3, then drove north ready to climb Serra Dolcedorme the next day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:314 ft / 95 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Obvious trail from NW
    Trailhead:Trailhead NW of summit  6100 ft / 1859 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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