Ascent of Argentera on 2020-08-22
|Others in Party:||Lee Newton|
|Date:||Saturday, August 22, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||10817 ft / 3297 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter the previous afternoon's Punta Marguareis ascent, I arrive at the trailhead in time to recce the trailhead before dark, then head back up with Lee in the morning.
From WSW, parked at 1750m, last 1.6km of road is rough but OK in my Ford Focus with care. Barrier at 1780m, only high clearance vehicles made it that far. Trail fork at barrier with L fork leading to Rifugio (2430m) in 2hrs, quick coffee stop, water fountain for bottle refill, trail continues cairned across boulderfield (big boulders) then good trail up scree slope (looks unfeasibly steep from Rifugio due to foreshortening. At col we put on harnesses and rope up, light half rope, alpine style, the whole route is scramble if happy with exposure). Route continues on R (E) side of ridge, a series of ledges, Exposed sections protected by fixed ropes (some on poor condition), finally a steep chimney with knotted rope, then short easy scramble to summit cross, highpoint a boulder adjacent. Stayed for half hour enjoying sunshine and view, then carefully down, the chimney soloable thanks to fixed knotted rope, no abseil necessary. At hut we enjoyed Radler, cheese and salami, then descended in hot sun, thankful to finally reach shadow of valley floor. 5h05 up, 4h50 down including half hour stop at Rifugio. Superb day. Overnight Vallee Gessa campsite, nearby and convenient.
After some debate, we select Grande Berard as tomorrow's target.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||5075 ft / 1546 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 4|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble, Aid Climb|
| Gear Used:||Rope|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||5075 ft / 1546 m|
| Distance:||7.6 mi / 12.2 km|
| Start Trailhead:||5742 ft / 1750 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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