Ascent of Serra Dolcedorme on 2008-07-26

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Bob Packard
Date:Saturday, July 26, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Serra Dolcedorme
    Elevation:7438 ft / 2267 m

Ascent Trip Report

Serra Dolcedorma, 2267m, P1715m ; Monte Pollino, 2248m, P279m

Map: road map only, e.g. Insight Travel Map: Italy: 1:800k. We used Petter Bjorstad’s directions and GPS waypoints for the climb. They are summarized here with one waypoint added.

Stats: 1000mH, c.16km

Time: 26 July 2008, 3h ascent to Pollino, 0h50m to Dolcedorme, 3h descent.

Start: NW of summit, minor road, 4km N of Rifugio di Casperi. Elev 1548m. 19km N from A3 Autostrada: leave at Campotenese junction, head W for 3.5km, turn sharp R; twisting mountain road crosses a col, pass a turn on L to a refuge; Rif di Casperi is passed 15km from the A3. Trailhead 4km further on, an obvious wide track marked by “Colle dell’ Imposo” on concrete; roadside parking for 8 cars, N39:56.04, E016:09.69.

Route: wide trail leads uphill, crosses the col and descends to a wide grassy area. Fork L, crossing a small stream but keeping R of main stream. Elev 1445m. Wide trail crosses grass then winds uphill, leaving stream far below. At fork in small clearing, N39:55.19, E016:11.35, Elev 1688, keep R, following main trail. Trail levels off at edge of large area of stony alpine pasture and fades out. N39:55.02, E016:11.81, Elev 1780m. Head ESE keeping towards R edge of pasture, until it narrows into a re-entrant. Just before it ends, a track heads into fairly dense beechwood. It becomes intermittent: follow with care; if all else fails head straight uphill to the wide col. For Pollino, grassy limestone slopes to R lead to summit which has a trig pillar; just beforehand is a lower summit with a large cairn and a small Madonna statue. Returning to col, a path takes a narrowish gap through a patch of beechwood, crosses grassland then passes L of a false summit via a rocky gap, then continues to Dolcedorme’s summit cairn.

Difficulties: path becomes intermittent on climb to col. On descent, path though beechwood just above col is hard to find (I missed it and pushed through moderately dense beech to reach the col).

Triangulation point: on M Pollino: concrete column 0.4 x 0.4 x 1.2m, square in section, with stones of cairn piled around it. Top surface has metal ICM plaque. No trig found on Dolcedorme.

Summit: rocky limestone grassland. Pollino has trig and cairn; lower summit just to SE has a larger cairn with a small Madonna statue overlooking Castovillari town. Dolcedorme has a cairn and a register, and some impressive S cliffs. Both have fine views.

Notes: we drove N up the A3 the previous afternoon following our Montalto climb. We checked into the nearby Refugio di Casperi then checked out the trailhead. At the Refugio, all business was conducted using the very limited amount of Italian included in my Lonely Planet guide! Next morning we started walking at 05:35; I got to Pollino at 08:35 then joined Bob on Dolcedorme. We were back at the car at 12:25, then drove back to Sicily ready for my homeward flight from Palermo the next morning. Bob was heading for La Marmora and Cinto before flying back to the US.

Our trip had started a week ago with Olympus the Greece national highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4859 ft / 1481 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4859 ft / 1481 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3609 ft / 1100 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2359 ft / 719 m; Extra: 1250 ft / 381m
    Loss on way in:1250 ft / 381 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:from NW via Monte Pollino
    Start Trailhead:from NW, 4km N of Rif di Casperi  5079 ft / 1548 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3609 ft / 1100 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2359 ft / 719 m; Extra: 1250 ft / 381m
    Gain on way out:1250 ft / 381 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Route:NW via Colle dell’ Imposo
    End Trailhead:from NW, 4km N of Rif di Casperi  5079 ft / 1548 m
    Time:3 Hours 

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