....What can happen if you choose to make a ski-mountaneering in early fall, without skis and after many weeks without rainfalls ?
That was the question I had in my (twisted) brain last week
(the conversion from being a young mountaneer to be an old hiker sometimes is sad !).
I heard about the "Cervino di Sondrio" (so Corna Mara is locally named, but I still have to understand why) as a very fine ski mountaneering trip with fine steep slopes that allow a descent starting from the summit (2807m) and arriving to Sondrio (307m) (... wow 2500m !!!) when the snow is there, good and abundant of course.
OverviewSouth of the eastern part of the Bernina group, on the S side of Val Lanterna, there is a range of mountains whose main summit is Pizzo Scalino (3323m): from this summit 3 different ridges go down (toward South) to the Valtellina (Adda river valley); between the 3 ridges 2 lonely wild valleys scoured only by hunters and, in the lower parts, by people picking up chestnuts and mushrooms.
Corna Mara is the last summit of the SW ridge coming down from Pizzo Scalino and its hillsides are wooden up to about 1800m, then made only by meadows and screes, very wild, very low populated, with only 1 narrow road (tarred up to 1200m) that leads to the small built up area named Alpe Mara (4 houses at 1749m).
Herefrom a dirt road, forbidden to tourists and practicable only being able to use well a 4x4 car, goes on arriving to the small refuge Gugiatti-Sertorelli (2137m).
Which are the reasons to come here ?