Ascent of Monte Togano on 2017-07-15

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Togano
    Elevation:2299 m / 7543 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We choose to make a round trip from Camping La Pineta near Santa Maria Maggiore. It involves quite a lot of ascent and the locals make a similar traverse which starts from the hillside comunity of Campra climbing Pizzo Ragno via a path up its N ridge.

Our route starts from the car park at N46.13129deg. E008.45523deg and takes the excelent mule track up the steep forested hillside to A.Cima. From A.Cima a good path traverses valley to S reaching Cappella di Larecchio on the next ridge alt1693m, this is the main Ragno / Togano ridge. We see no evidence of a path SW along the ridge line so take the descending path S through meadows before deciding it's not going the way we want so ascend steep grass back to the ridge line where we pick up a thin path, scrambly in places, to summit of Pizzo Ragno.

Good path descends from Pizzo Ragno keeping to the S side of its SW ridge and gains the S ridge of Pizzo Nona at Passo Bianco from where its an easy ascent of the ridge to the summit. (A direct traverse of the Ragno - Nona ridge looks possible but slow going) We return to Passo Bianco and then across steep grassy slopes to Passo di Biordo alt2061m (also easy to descend from Nona summit to Paso di Biordo keeping to the main ridge line)

Approaching from the NE, the ridge of Monte Togano appears as a very impressive steep sided narrow ridge line. It's much easier than it looks with a thin path in places, there's a little scrambling which is mainly confined to the lower part. We cross the minor summit of Costa Ragazzo Peak with small comms masts then rocky ridge to the main summit where there's a small cairn and an unpleasent quantity and smell of sheep / goat droppings. Continuing SW along the ridge (good path) then down to Domodossola would be a good option but its getting late so we return to Passo di Biordo and descend to Dalovio as recommended by the locals as the 'best path down'. We are advised to avoid the numerous forest paths marked on the map as they are difficult to find, this was probably good advice as even the 'good path' was hard to follow through the forest in places!

Too late for trains and buses its a walk back along the road to the camp site.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2062 m / 6766 ft
    Elevation Loss:2062 m / 6766 ft
    Distance:24 km / 14.9 mi
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1882 m / 6175 ft
    Extra Loss:399 m / 1312 ft
    Distance:11.9 km / 7.4 mi
    Route:N E ridge from Pizzo Ragno
    Trailhead:Camping La Pineta  816 m / 2680 ft
    Time Up:8 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1663 m / 5454 ft
    Extra Gain:180 m / 591 ft
    Distance:12.1 km / 7.5 mi
    Route:Dalovio via Passo di Biordo
    Trailhead:Camping La Pineta  816 m / 2680 ft
    Time Down:5 Hours 5 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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