Ascent of Grigna Settentrionale on 2008-08-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Lee Newton
Andrew Tibbetts
Date:Sunday, August 24, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grigna Settentrionale
    Elevation:7907 ft / 2410 m

Ascent Trip Report

Grigna Settentrionale, 2410m, P1686m

Map: IGC sheet 22, 1:50k, 50m contours

Stats: 1000mH, 6 miles

Time: 24 Aug 2008, 3h up, 2h30 down.

Start: above Alpe Cainallo, parking along track at end of road from Varenna on the E shore of Lago di Lecco.

Route: From the roadhead, a broad trail (Trail 25) heads generally S, initially grassy but soon entering trees. After approx 1mi, we forked R at a signpost, taking Trail 19/24 which climbs onto the NW ridge of Grigna. Reaching the ridge, the trail passes a Refugio (refreshments). Soon after, we forked L on Trail 19 which follows the ridge. After climbing the ridge for a while (some easy scrambling), the trail descends a little, L of ridge, to join Trail 25. Trail 25 zig-zags up (some scree), then steep slabs (not technical, but polished - cable for protection). The steep climb terminates just below the summit, at Biv Ferrario; pass round this then up to the summit.

Difficulties: Scrambling to about YDS 2+, quite polished near the cable - could be tricky in wet conditions. Look out for the slight descent where Trail 19 leaves the ridge to join Trail 25. Several parties nearly missed it - including ours.

Triangulation point: None mapped nor found.

Summit: Smallish summit, detailed Viewfinder, Cross, several rocks of similar height. Great view, which included Monte Viso.

Notes: After our Corni di Canzo climb the previous evening, Andrew and I met up with Lee at a campsite in Dervio. We started hiking mid morning Sunday. The main Trail 25 was busy but we had the ridge Trail 19 mostly to ourselves. There were approx 30 people at the summit, where we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and figured out the view which ewas very clear - we could just make out Monte Viso (we noted that the Viewfinder was approx 2 degrees out). Trail 25 makes a nice descent, passing Refugio Bogani (refreshments), crossing pasture then re-entering the woods. The mountain is rugged and the scenery is excellent throughout. That afternoon we went on to climb the easy Monte Croce di Muggio.

For trip details and logistics, see the Säntis report
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3251 ft / 990 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3251 ft / 990 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3251 ft / 990 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:from NW, Trails 19 & 25
    Start Trailhead:above Alpe Cainallo  4656 ft / 1419 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3251 ft / 990 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Trails 25
    End Trailhead:above Alpe Cainallo  4656 ft / 1419 m

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