Ascent of Piz Sesvenna on 2014-08-25

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
Lee Newton -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, August 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Piz Sesvenna
    Elevation:10512 ft / 3204 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our Muttler ascent we check into the campsite at Scuol and next morning we drive the small road to S-Charl, which changes to good dirt surface for the last few miles.

We leave the car park (N46.71568 E10.33118, 1790m, parking charge) and hike the road, initially keeping R then in the village straight on, following signs for route 45 and Chruschetta pass. Beyond this it's authorised vehicles only, popular with cyclists. At N46.69946 E10.35830 we fork L up a steeper vehicle track which leads to Alp Plaxer. Beyond the farmstead a good footpath continues, a little wet in places, crossing the S-charljoch (Chruschetta) 2296m N46.69046 E10.39476.

From the pass we continue a short way down the other side until the trail descends sharp R N46.68858 E10.39814. At this point we make a rising traverse, initially steep and bouldery then on easy ground, eventually joining the main paintmarked trail at N46.69336 E10.40623. (We take a shorter more direct route down from this point, which would be a more efficient ascent route - see GPX route).

We follow the paintmarked trail up into a corrie, with views of neighbouring P600m summits Starlex, Tavru, and earlier in the ascent the very impressive and quite tough Piz Pisoc. However the cloud cover never fully clears and distant views are limited. The bulky snowy summit of Ortler is however visible out east for a while.

The well marked trail climbs out to the ridge, initially R of a crag then back L to skirt under a sub peak. The slope is quite loose with some rock fall danger. On reaching the crest the trail crosses to the R side then descends an easy blocky ridge to a minor saddle. The paint marks can be seen ascending some rather steep terrain and the next 300m is fairly sustained scrambling on excellent rock, mostly easy YDS3 but quite exposed in places and perhaps YDS4 in a couple of spots. We meet another climber who is descending, having summitted from the eastern approach via the glacier which he reports as easy (solo). Earlier we had seen another solo climber seemingly taking a more direct route up the S ridge, although we didn't see him again.

The summit has two outcrops 30m apart, of similar elevation, the first (N46.70574 E10.40306, 3209m) having a large white cross and the westernmost (N46.70598 E10.40279, boulder) an old wooden post and a red painted trig cut mark in an outcrop.

The summit is out of cloud but snow is threatening and we soon head down, the scrambling seeking easier in descent. As mentioned above, on leaving the corrie trail at N46.69149 E10.40319 we take a more direct line back to the joch, making a descending traverse until above the saddle then descending between two boulder fields. Rain is threatening but holds off on the return walk. Back at the trailhead Lee stands in the river for a few minutes to treat a sore knee - Andrew and I don't join him: not quite the weather for it!

Another fine 3000er, not easy but fun and satisfying. Timings: 5h to summit: 3h30 down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4819 ft / 1467 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4819 ft / 1467 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4770 ft / 1453 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4639 ft / 1414 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 9.9 km
    Start Trailhead:S-Charl  5873 ft / 1790 m
    Time:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4688 ft / 1428 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4639 ft / 1414 m; Extra: 49 ft / 14m
    Gain on way out:49 ft / 14 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.4 km
    End Trailhead:S-Charl  5873 ft / 1790 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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