Ascent to Máschio delle Faete-Compound gate on 2010-10-24
|Date:||Sunday, October 24, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Point Reached:||Máschio delle Faete - Compound gate|
| Elevation:||953 m / 3127 ft|
| Remaining Elevation:||2 m / 9 ft (2% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportProminence 610m, Elev 956 (not map checked): http://www.sol.co.uk/v/viewfinder/ITALY250.txt
My weekend in the Apennines was due to end with an 11:25 flight out of Rome FCO. The SatNav showed a road to within 200m of this summit so I was quietly confident. The instrument earned its keep plotting a complicated cross-country course from Monte Cerella which I'd visited the previous evening. Following the Strada Vicinale Della Faete out of Roca Di Papa, I reached a locked gate at N41 44 57.4 E12 43 49.1, 812m (GPSr) at about 08:45 with the SatNav showing 1.3km of mostly road to the summit. The time was a bit tight but I was close enough to give it a go. I jogged up the rough leafy road which zig-zags up through trees to emerge ... at a fenced compound (tall fence, big gate)!
A quick GPSr reading at the highest point I could reach (SW fence of compound) was 960m (quoted horizontal accuracy 4m, not giving the instrument time to settle; some tree cover). I could not see far enough into the summit compound to judge how far I was below the summit; indicated horizontal distance was about 200m although I suspect the summit was closer. With more time and some climbing gear the gate might be doable, but with no gear or time I jogged back down, pointed the SatNav at FCO and hoped for the best.
The little town of Roca Di Papa was now thronged with road runners for a race - and I was immediately in a traffic jam. Turning round I disentangled myself and hoped the SatNav would find an alternative route to the airport ... which it did.
Thus ended my first trip to the central Apennines. As I managed to not summit Corno Grande I have a return trip with plenty of other nice-looking peaks to look forward to.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||142 m / 463 ft|
| Distance:||2.6 km / 1.6 mi|
| Route:||Strada Vicinale Della Faete|
| Trailhead:||Strada Vicinale Della Faete (Roca Di Papa) 811 m / 2664 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds|
| Time Up:||10 Minutes|
| Time Down:||5 Minutes|
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