Ascent of Monte Calvo on 2010-10-23

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Saturday, October 23, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Calvo
    Elevation:6227 ft / 1897 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having summited Monte Camicia and failed on Corno Grande (too icy, wrong gear) I used the late afternoon to investigate this much gentler summit. Google Maps (and my SatNav) showed a road from the SW leading about halfway to the summit. At N42 21 34.7 E13 11 32.6, 993m (GPSr) a narrow tarmac road turns sharply SE off the main road then zig zags up to a comms mast. An unsurfaced track forks R here with parking at its start, N42 22 38.8 E13 12 18.1, 1474m (GPSr).

From the trailhead the unsurfaced road can be seen zigzagging up a grassy hillside. The standard red circle sign indicates access for authorised vehicles only; the track is a bit steep and loose for a normal car and anyway, it's a nice walk. I head up at 17:00, enjoying the contrast of autumn-brown beech leaves against the green and grey hillside. A vehicle passes me (presumably the farmer) - I get a wave and a Ciao. I follow the track to its closest approach to the summit then head straight up steepish stony limestone unfenced grassland following the GPS pointer. There are 2 summits: the southernmost (N42 23 33.9 E13 12 02.2) is unmarked but with a large cross a few metres away. Here the GPSr initially registers 1909m but by the time I've gone to the N summit and back and to the cross and back it has settled to 1899m, very close to the expected value. The N summit is 200m to the NNW. The GPS (on its falling trend) read slightly higher there but it "felt" maybe 1-2m lower then the S top. The ridge was in cloud, but with a nice view down to the E.

The ascent had taken 45 minutes; the descent took 30 minutes, taking a fairly direct line down the grassy ridge to meet the track about halfway down.

Having nothing else to do all evening, I then detoured to the village-top P600 Monte Cevella on the way back to Rome.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1587 ft / 482 m
    Extra Gain:98 ft / 29 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:S ridge
    Trailhead:Transmitter road S of summit  4836 ft / 1474 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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