Ascent to Monte is Carávius-900m on 2009-10-12

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Monday, October 12, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Monte is Carávius - 900m
    Elevation:2953 ft / 900 m
    Remaining Elevation:699 ft / 213 m (27% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Monday evening I attempted Caravius late pm from col to south, N39:06.500 E8:50.508, 477m, but the trail is overgrown, obscure and in places is collapsed and rather thin. I got to about 900m when the light failed and I picked my way carefully down following my GPS track by head torch. A group of forest rangers I met later assured me that the trail from there does go to Caravius, but they had little English and I even less Italian so the finer points of summit definition may have been lost...

Google Maps / Earth show are 4 summits of similar height, with the NE summit also being about 1090m on Google Earth but presumably 1116m on large scale mapping. From where I started there's an intervening 1060ish summit and it's forested all the way, so not a great route I suspect. There appears (from aerial photos) to be a good but potentially long route in from the NW.

Tue a.m. A quick bag of the SW summit of Caravius at N39:07.357 E8:48.171, 1090m/P160m (GPSr, Google Earth), by the obvious track shown on aerial photos, from N39:05.865 E8:49.615, 332m, which leads to a saddle on the ridge (N39:07.645 E8:48.701, 931m): track junction: higher (L) track leads to a turning area, then narrow path continues 30m to fairly open woodland. Ascend broad wooded ridge, keeping R of direct line to avoid denser scrub. 2 cairns and an intervening bump, GPSr read 1058m (E), 1080 (centre), 1072 (W); E cairn read 1093m on the way back (GPS accuracy affected by tree cover but elevation readings tending to be variable this morning). Started in the dark, summit at dawn (no view), as I had a plane to catch. Although I was down soon after 8 a.m., there were already a number of cars parked, with men walking into the forest with baskets, apparently to collect fungi and/or asparagus. There were many more cars parked along the dirt road E towards Cagliari.

This SW summit is named Monte Nieddu, 1041m, on a free map I came across subsequently - mapping source not stated. This seems very low compared with Google Earth and GPS. The map does however show the NE summit as 1116m.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1864 ft / 568 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Route:From south
    Trailhead:Minor road to S  1089 ft / 331 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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