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East flank

East flank

East flank

Page Type: Route

Location: Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.16176°N / 8.48694°E

Object Title: East flank

Route Type: Mountaineering

Season: Summer, Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: F+

Grade: II

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Page By: ferro

Created/Edited: Sep 12, 2008 / Sep 12, 2008

Object ID: 441853

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The ascent of the east side of Pioda di Crana, allows to observe closely the distinguishing feature of this mountain, the extended smooth slabs of skewed rocks, locally called "piodate"; "pioda" is also the name of a plate of stone used for covering rooftop.

Route Description

Departure takes place as the regular route, from Arvogno following the path for the Fontanalba Pass,
arrived at Alpe i Motti 1815 m leave the trail and climb on the left in the direction of manifest corridor that divides the two piodate on the east side.
Start climbining on the corridor at about 2000 m. climb path is not mandatory and came close to the little rock barrier crossing the flanck; you can exit left on the path to reaching saddle 2296 m , but is preferable to continue on the right, climbing close to the rock barrier and going out and step on the south ridge to continue to the summit.

If you stay more on the right climbing the piodata, you meet more difficulties (III/IV°) and you exit at the culmination of piodata near the summit.

From Arvogno to the summit about 3 hours.

It is an short and a not very difficult climb (II°), but requires dry rock.

Danger of falling rocks for passage of hikers, and also animals, along the path to the regular route.


Pioda di CranaGigi on the piodata...encounter near the ridge...at the top, the west ridgeapproach to the corridoron the piodata...on the piodata...
on the piodata to the south ridgePioda di Crana east flankview from  the south ridgeat the beginning of  the corridoron the background, Alpe i Mottiview to Fontanalba Passroute