Ascent of Monte Limbara on 2009-10-11

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Sunday, October 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Limbara
    Elevation:4459 ft / 1359 m

Ascent Trip Report

Visited late afternoon after La Marmora and Monte Senes.

Road leaves SS392 at N40:51:40 E9-07-41, climbing to Valliciola with many zigzags. Above here the road is narrower, finishing at a fenced military telecomms compound. Shorly before the top of the road, a dirt road leads R, finishing at a single comms mast. Park just before the mast (N40:51.023 E9:10.519). A path heads SW between 2 granite tors. The one to the R (W) is the summit. The easiest route climbs 3m to a ledge, follows this R, then climbs a 2m crack (which I climbed using a foot jam, awkward but not very exposed, more awkward to descend). GPSr at summit recorded N40:50.955 E9:10.485, 1352m - rather lower than the mapped elevation.

I drove up in heavy rain and waited while it ceased. The view from the summit was intermittently cloudy with a nice rainbow and views of surrounding slightly lower tors. This whole area is popular for free-climbing although the area around the masts is apparently neglected by climbers (see

I then drove south to Monte Rasu which I summited the following morning.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:99 ft / 30 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 4
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Immediately after heavy rain; in and out of cloud
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:99 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:SE face, NE ridge
    Start Trailhead:By nearby comms mast.  4360 ft / 1328 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes

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