Ascent of Monte Vettore on 2014-05-21

Climber: Graziano Coppa

Date:Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Vettore
    Elevation:8123 ft / 2475 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Castelplanio at 7.30am, where I was visiting my parents. Arrived at Forca di Presta at just before 10, when two hikers where just starting their way up. I prepared and after 15 minutes started walking up the wide trail, never too steep. Amazing views of the Piani di Castelluccio, entirely covered with low clouds. I catched up the two hikers ahead of me around altitude 2000m, after some chitchat I discovered they were from a city near my hometown. We went up 100m or so when we encountered first patches of snow. They weren't sure about continuing, but I lead the way and crossed safely two easy patches of snow. We encountered a man coming down, he told us there was deep snow until Rifugio Zilioli then the ridge was free of snow until 2350m. My two companions decided to turn back, I continued. Shortly after rifugio Zilioli I catched up with another hiker, a man from Ascoli Piceno, and went up to the summit together. The cross was completely covered in snow so it wasn't visible. Fog was thickening so we didn't stay on the top a lot. We went down to an alternative route - the so called "Canale Mezzi Litri", very steep and slippery. We arrived at my companion's car, he was so kind to give me a lift to mine, still at Forca di Presta.
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South face of Monte Vettore as seen from Pretare (2014-05-21). Photo by Graziano Coppa.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1397 ft / 425 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3530 ft / 1075 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1397 ft / 425 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:Sentiero 101
    Start Trailhead:Monte Vettoretto  6726 ft / 2050 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3530 ft / 1075 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Canale Mezzi Litri
    End Trailhead:Forca di Presta road, near Ricalate  4593 ft / 1399 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Vettore

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Monte Vettoretto2014-05-21 a1696 ft / 517 m
2Monte Vettore2014-05-21 b1397 ft / 426 m
Total Trip Gain: 3093 ft / 943 m    Total Trip Loss: 3530 ft / 1076 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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