Ascent of Punta la Marmora on 2015-05-15

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Punta la Marmora
    Elevation:6017 ft / 1833 m

Ascent Trip Report

On a family holiday to Sardinia, I took a morning out to climb the high point of the island. However, having done so I am uncertain which of the two peaks is the real high point..

I left at 5am with the family fast asleep and made a longish drive from Costa Rei up the east coast towards Tortoli, then via Lanusei and Fonni to the foot of the mountain road which is well surfaced and continues winding up the mountainside to a refuge (closed during my visit) with parking for a few tens of cars, at the bottom of a ski lift (button tow). From there two signed paths are visible with starts only a few meters apart. Taking the first (upper) of these, signed Bruncu Spina, a good path climbs gently at first, then contours around the mountainside at around the 1670m level, all the way to the pass of Arcu Gennargentu immediately below the peak. This made for a very easy and quick ascent to the top. There are 3 main tops, the first and lowest, is a little pathless, rocky cone which I didn't visit, the second with a large cross, and the third furthest south along the ridge, with a cairn. The second peak is signed as the summit, although the third peak is certainly higher. From the second peak, one can clearly see over the first peak to Bruncu Spina, indicating that the first peak is at least lower than one of those two.

Having spent a bit of time measuring the altitude, my GPS (eTrex30) was measuring about 1826m at the middle peak, and 1830m at the third, highest peak. However, I got an even higher measurement at Bruncu Spina about an hour later (1833m), a phenomenon also observed by Rob Woodall. The official mapping gives spot heights for all of the peaks, the three peaks of Marmora (north to south 1823m, 1829m and 1833m. Bruncu Spina 2 tops each at 1828m, although I had the clear impression the northerly was higher. My topo map (Carta turistico-escursionistica del Gennartgentu Scala 1:30.000, Edition July 2012) shows spot heights only for Marmora middle summit 1826m and Bruncu Spina 1828m. As usual, dedicated baggers would be well advised to visit all tops since it makes for a nice little ridge walk.

After leaving the summit, I followed the ridgeline back above my ascent route back to Bruncu Spina, where there were several 4WD cars and tourists taking photos. From there it was a matter of minutes to jog down the ski piste back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1677 ft / 510 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1677 ft / 511 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1021 ft / 311 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 955 ft / 291 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Path 702
    Start Trailhead:Rifugio Baita, Bruncu Spina  5062 ft / 1542 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1611 ft / 491 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 955 ft / 291 m; Extra: 656 ft / 199m
    Gain on way out:656 ft / 199 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:ridgeline via Bruncu Spina
    End Trailhead:Rifugio Baita, Bruncu Spina  5062 ft / 1542 m
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Lee Newton
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