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Monte Cimone / Strma pec is one of the most important and impressive summits of Western Julian Alps (don't confuse this Monte Cimone with the one in Apenines). It stands in the main crest of Viš and Montaž group, between the valleys of Dogna/Dunja (on the north) and Raccolana/Reklanica on the south. It is the highest elevation in the whole strong crest going from Montaž towards the west.
While on the south side the summit has steep grassy slopes, on the northern side a high vertical drop falls many hundreds meters down to the 'Sfonderat' (bottomless) gorge. Towards the west of Monte Cimone / Strma peč the main crest soon divides into many side ones - the world ow wild and hardly ever ascended peaks. Towards the east a steep ridge falls down on Forca di Vandul (notch), 1986m, where the massif of Zabuš begins. Close to the main summit on the SE side there's also a fore-summit, called Pizzo Viene, 2124m.
Monte Cimone / Strma pec is a summit for everyone. It can be hiked-up by one of the two ferratas, for those who want to discover unknown mountain slopes on the western side, there's plenty of room for discoveries and for technical climbers the north wall offers some nice routes.
From the summit we have one of the greatest views of the Western Julian Alps. Especially rewarding is the view on Montaž west face and the wilderness below it, contrasted with the free view over lower mountains and fore-hills far towards the south-west.
> The first tourist ascent on Monte Cimone / Strma peč was done in 1878 by Hermann Findenegg. He came by the today's normal route - from the SE and over Forca di Vandul.
> The first winter ascent was done in January 25th, 1932 by M. Cesca and G. Stauderi.
Getting ThereFor the general orientation see the Julian Alps group page and the Vis and Montaz subgroup page!
Vis and Montaz subgroup
1. For the southeast ascent we drive from Sella Nevea on the Altipiano del Montasio, till the last parking place, 1502m.
2. Fort the north approach you drive into Dogna/Dunja valley.
1. From Pecol meadowsWe start on the Pecol road end parking place, 1520m, or from Rif. Brazza (hut), 1660m. Going westwards we cross the Altipiano del Montasio, continue over the south slopes of Monte Zabuš, ascend Forcella di Vandul, and again towards the west over the ridge between Pizzo Vienne and Monte Cimone / Strma peč to the highest point. 3h 30min. The variant of this route continues below Forcella di Vandul towards the west and ascends the ridge between Pizzo Vienne and Monte Cimone / Strma peč through the valley above Pala del Larice meadows. 4h 30min.
2. Ferrata NorinaFrom the road in Dogna/Dunja valley to bivouac Cividale (2h 30min). Then crossing the north face of Monte Cimone / Strma peč to the exposed grassy ridge, where the ferrata starts. The route is hard, but pegs and cables are in good condition. It ends on Sella Vienne, from where we ascend the summit. 1840m of altitude, some 7h only for ascent!
When To ClimbSummer and autumn months are the best. In these areas the weather is most stable from July till October. A winter ascent from SE requires full winter equipment and must be hard enough.
CampingOn the mountain there are two bivouacs. On the ex alpine meadow Sotgoliz, 1414m, below the northern face, there's the bivouac Cividale, 1415m (2h 30min from the road in Dogna/Dunja valley). The ascent path starts after some 4 km of Dogna/Dunja road. The other bivouac is Sandro del Torso, standing below the summit of Pizzo Viene.
The nearest mountain hut is Rif. Brazza, 1670m, 0432-797079. It is standing on the Altipiano del Montasio, 15 min from the parking place. The hut has also a winter room.