Ascent of Monte Generoso on 2017-07-12

Climber: Denise Mclellan

Others in Party:Richard Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Generoso
    Elevation:5581 ft / 1701 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Maroggia, we turned N off the main road, signposted Arogno, and wound up very steep tarmac bends to cross from Switzerland into Italy. We parked in a small layby with finger post marker saying Generoso .8 miles beyond the Border gate by a road junction at 845m. Initially we followed the interesting, marked Percorso della Trincee, with WWI Italian built trenches and an old smuggling route. This goes generally south to the east of V Della Inferno ( the river). There is then a maze of signposted paths to the summit , more than shown on the maps. Some go via Orimento ( Sentiero Basso) and some follow the ridge ( sentiero Alto).

There is also a railway to the summit starting from the SW, on Swiss side at Capolago, South end of Lake Lugano.

The Via Ferrate Angelina is optional- there is an easy traversing track underneath and if this is used all the paths to the summit are easy- through beech forest and meadow. The summit itself is a concreted, fenced area with benches, trig and topograph. Cloud swirled.
We used harnesses/ slings/ crabs and helmets on the final quite short VF section as recommended by a warning sign. The Angelina route commences with a committing 4 m slightly outward leaning ladder up to a ledge. There is then a second shorter vertical ladder from which you transfer onto a 3m traverse then onto a third shorter ladder- the crux. The exposed traverse has sloping footholds and a horizontal chain to hang on to. Thereafter the route is easy over slabs with a short vertical scrambling section, all wire protected, to a subsidiary summit with cross.Then a further wire leads you along and up the final ridge. Recommended.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2809 ft / 856 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+ via ferrate
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
above valley cloud on top
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2809 ft / 856 m
    Route:From road to N, Sentiero Alto, then via Ferate Ang
    Start Trailhead:.8mile east of Italian border  2772 ft / 844 m
    Time:3 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:via Cima crucette
    Time:3 Hours 

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