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Mont Colmet

 
Mont Colmet

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Aosta Valley, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.69980°N / 6.98870°E

Object Title: Mont Colmet

Activities: Mountaineering

Elevation: 9921 ft / 3024 m

 

Page By: Antonio Giani

Created/Edited: Dec 6, 2003 / Dec 5, 2013

Object ID: 152127

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What's new

Oct 31, 2006
Inherited the page from Gangolf Haub

Nov 01, 2006
Up to now, only minor corrections have been made to the original text written by Gangolf, submitter of the page and its previous maintainer.

First Ascents

Punta Meridionale:

  • First on the summit: Unknown.
  • In winter: Unknown.
  • E Wall: Osvaldo Cardellina, Roy Cardellina, Luca Ferronato and Danilo Garzotto, (Aug 05th, 1993), in descent.

Punta Settentrionale:

  • N-E Arête (from Colle della Croce): A. Adami, L. Savoye and C. Paradisi, (Jul 17th, 1938).
  • N Wall: A. Adami, O. Figerod, A. Piatto and S. Marcoz, (Jun 24th, 1939).
  • N-NE Eperon: Osvaldo Cardellina, (Aug 05th, 2002), in descent.
  • E Wall (direct line): Osvaldo Cardellina, (Aug 05th, 2002), in ascent.

Overview

Il Mont Colmet (3024 m)
Mont Colmet

With barely more than 3000m of altitude, Mont Colmet isn't surely one of the more prominent summits of the Valle D'Aosta Region. It belongs to the relatively low but (up to now) heavily glaciated Rutor Group, wedged between Valgrisenche to the East and Val de la Thuile to the West, with Valle d'Aosta bounding to the North. The whole area is relatively unknown and you can enjoy solitary outings among Steinbocks, Chamois' and Golden Eagles.

Mont Colmet is the northernmost 3000er of the group and thus commands great views in all directions. Especially interesting is the close-up view into the Rutor Group with Mont Paramont, Testa del Rutor and Grand Assaly dominating the huge Ghiaccaio del Rutor Glacier. The routes to the summit are as lonesome as the summit itself and both are very long. Once you have left the picnic and fishing places near Lago d'Arpy you are virtually on your own.

Noteworthy are the ruins of an old fort from the Napoleonic Wars near Colle della Croce. The fort overlooks Val de la Thuile and is the starting point of a war trail which leads directly up to Mont Colmet. As usual with these old war trails the route is designed ingeniously, surmounting each obstacle easily. However nowadays the path is decaying and the multiple iron cables shouldn't be relied upon too heavily. In some places the path has broken away altogether so that some UIAA II climbing is necessary. You'll find another ruined shelter just to the north of Mont Colmet's Summit.

Summit Panorama

Mt. Paramont (3300m)Testa del Paramont (3185m)Becca Bianca/Becca Nera (3261m/3263m)Pointe Chenal (3207m)Mt. Doravidi (3439m)Mt. Château Blanc (3408m)Mt. Lusse (3055m)Testa del Rutor (3486m)Vedette (3332m)Becca du Lac (3402m)Gr. Becca du Mont (3217m)Rochers de Pierre Pointe (3441m)Pointe Loydon (3145m)Gr. Assaly (3166m)Grande Motte (3656m)Grande Casse (3855m)Dôme de la Sache (3601m)Mont Pourri (3779m)
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The Lakes

Il Mont...
Mont Colmet and Mont Lusse from Lago Inferiore di Bella Comba

One of the attractions of the Mont Colmet ascent (or descent if you will) are the lakes on the Lago di Pietra Rossa route. It starts at Lago d'Arpy (which is a maze of lakes rather that an only lake and tops at Lago di Pietra Rossa. Look at Antonio's beautiful pictures to get my meaning.

Getting There

From Italy
  • Take Motorway A5 from Torino through the Aosta Valley. Leave the Motorway at the exit La Salle and take SS26 west in direction Courmayeur. Before arriving at Morgex, you turn into a little side road (SR39) that climbs upwards through larch forests to Colle San Carlo (and eventually leads to La Thuile (and thus in the end to the Colle di Piccolo St. Bernhard). There (at the hotel Genzianella on Colle San Carlo) you can leave your car and start the ascent.
From France
  • From Chamonix take the Mont Blanc Tunnel (E25) towards the Italian side. Avoiding to enter the Motorway go along SS26 east. After Morgex turn onto the side road (SR39) towards Colle San Carlo.

Red Tape

No red tape. There are warning signs on the old war trail that nobody takes the responsability for any accidents that might happen thereupon. Take care, the cables are rusty and loose. At one point the whole path is broken away.

When To Climb

The best time for climbing Mont Colmet is late June through early October. Winter ascents using tour skis are possible by taking the Lago di Pietra Rossa route. Don't even think of taking the war trail route.


Mountain Conditions

  • Meteo: you can find all the needed informations at the official site of the Valle d'Aosta Region:
    Valle d'Aosta Meteo

Webcam

  • WEBCAM on Aosta Valley:
    Webcam

Books and Maps

BOOKS:

  • "Guida dei Monti d'Italia – Alpi Graie Centrali" di Alessandro Giorgetta - Club Alpino Italiano/Touring Club Italiano, (1985), in Italian,(384 p. with maps and pics).
    Thanks to Claude Mauguier for pointing out this book.
  • "Valdigne gli itinerari escursionistici" di Alessandro Giorgetta Ed. Zanichelli, (1981), in Italian.
  • "Diari Alpinistici" di Osvaldo Cardellina e Indice Generale accompagnato da Schedario Relazioni Ascensioni 1964-2013 (inediti).
MAPS:

  • Kompass, "Massiccio del Monte Bianco Valle d'Aosta" Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta turistica 1:50.000.
  • Kompass, "Gran Paradiso Valle d'Aosta, Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta turistica 1:50.000.
  • L'Escursionista "La Thuile-Piccolo San Bernardo" (n°2) 1:25.000.
  • Enrico Editore Ivrea-Aosta, "Gruppo del Gran Paradiso" 1:50.000.
  • I.G.M. Istituto Geografico Militare Maps. 1:25.000.
  • Hapax "Mont-Blanc Les sentiers", Comunità Montana Valdigne Ed. 2001 1:50.000.

Important Information

Useful Numbers

  • Protezione Civile Valdostana località Aeroporto 7/A Saint Christophe (Ao) Tel. 0165-238222.
  • Bollettino Valanghe Tel. 0165-776300.
  • Bollettino Meteo Tel. 0165-44113.
  • Unità Operativa di Soccorso Sanitario Tel. 118.

External Links


Acknowledgements

Additions and Corrections

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fursThe 'regular route'

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I think the page does not identify clearly enough the route via the Pietra Rossa lake as the 'regular route'. The route up the ridge from the Colle della Croce is fairly dangerous as it involves scrambling up a lot of rotten rock, and is very seldom attempted these days.
Posted Aug 25, 2008 4:30 am

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