Ascent of Cima Valdritta on 2008-09-01

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
Date:Monday, September 1, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cima Valdritta
    Elevation:7277 ft / 2218 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cima Valdritta: 2218m, P1950m

Map: Kompass 1:25k map 691 (25m contours).

Stats: 6km; 666mH

Time: Mon 1 Sept 2008.

Start: SE of summit, unclassified road.

Route: Trail 652 starts opposite a layby. After 0.6km, turn R (uphill) onto Trail 66. In another 0.6km, turn R (N) onto the main S-N Trail 651 which follows the main ridge, E of the crest. In a short while there is a short out-and-back fork L which leads to a small cave. In a few more minutes a short steep rocky trail on the L leads to the summit cross. 30m further on along the rocky crest is another summit, apparently a little higher.

Difficulties: None, YDS 2 (steepy and stony in parts).

Summit: Rocky summit with a cross. NE summit, 30m further on, is apparently approx 2m higher. No triangulation point noted.

After our Piz Kesch climb, in the afternoon we drove down, mostly via Autostradas, to the trailhead where we slept the night.

Soon after first light we follow the stony trail (starts with a short easy scramble up the bank from the roadside), climbing up through small trees, with intermittent views, although these are limited by low clouds. We fork R onto a smaller trail, steeper but with little if any need for hands. This joins a broader easy trail which runs along the ridge just E of the serrated crest. The trail undulates a little. In a short while there is a short out-and-back fork L which leads to a small cave. In a few more minutes we find a steep rocky trail on our L, easy due to be fair bit of engineering, which leads to the summit cross. We think the true summit may be a short distance further E: we visit both; it is hard to tell as we are in cloud.

The summit is chilly and viewless and after a few minutes we retrace our steps, back down to the car.

In the afternoon we follow up with two easy P600m summits: Monte Altissimo di Nago and Becco di Filadonna

For trip details and logistics, see the Säntis report
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2185 ft / 665 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Trail 652 (E face)
    Trailhead:Road to East  5092 ft / 1552 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes

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