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Ascent of Monte Cimone on 2009-05-19

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Cimone
    Location:Italy
    Elevation:7103 ft / 2164 m

Ascent Trip Report

On a family holiday to the Cinque Terre, I took a day out to drive southeast to the northeastern appennine high point.

The drive was prolonged by the fact that I tried to drive there by a direct route over a high pass (Foce a Giovo) which turned out to be completely washed out beyond the Rifugio Casentini, The road is dirt at the best of times but in May 09 was passable only with a serious 4WD (ie Toyota Land Cruiser type, not BMW X5 or similar due to very high clearance needed to get over the boulder field remaining.

After the detour I started out from Fiumalbo with a 1:200K road map and the description from Petter Bjorstad's website (see http://www.ii.uib.no/~petter/mountains.html). The ascent is very straightforward although some old hard snow on teh ridge, and a biting wind made it feel more like March than May in central Italy
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2625 ft / 800 m
    Trailhead:Fiumalbo  4478 ft / 1364 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes



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