Ascent of Monte Pisanino on 2020-07-22

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Pisanino
    Elevation:6388 ft / 1947 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the previous day's Pizzo di Coca.

From W, Val Sereneia car park, along road to rifugio, followed mapped (OpenStreetMap) trail uphill, intermittent, generally easy tussocky grass, higher up joins rocky ridge, keeping R of difficulties, crosses a slightly delicate slab then steep short scramble (YDS3), good holds, false summit then more easily to Bagola Bianca 1809m. Just before crux I caught up with 3 young German lads (they found the route on Komoot!). We rest in the sun, admiring views of impressive pointy peaks (pity about the incessant quarry noise). They head down a different way; I continue solo, along narrow ridge, path L of rocky step, steep with comforting deep footholds in the grass, then soon at summit, pointed boulder at HP, 3cm IGM trig bolt on boulder 5m north. 2h15 up.

Returning same route would be most efficient, but I continue S on what is apparently the Normal route. Initially along narrow ridge (a little easy scrambling) then descending R into steep reentrant (more easy scrambling), path marked with blue paint. OSM shows path passing L (E) of first pizzo then descending improbable looking gully, or alternatively continuing further S for an easier descent to main trail back to car park. Instead, I leave the path an continue down the reentrant then keep R before reaching slabs, and following a supposedly grassy line to reach the less steep part of the gully used by the OSM trail. In reality I didn't find a good line and made a rather sketchy traverse, although from above and below it looked OK, and with better route choice ought to work.

OSM trail turns L into forest (cairn on boulder, intermittent cairns and footpath pleasantly cool and insulated from quarry noise) to join trail 178 leading pleasantly back to car park. 5h round trip. Then to Monte Cimone.

Pisanino photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2779 ft / 847 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2779 ft / 847 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Start Trailhead:3609 ft / 1100 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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