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Monte Sissone
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Monte Sissone

 
Monte Sissone

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Lombardia/Swiss, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.29097°N / 9.71466°E

Object Title: Monte Sissone

Elevation: 10925 ft / 3330 m

 

Page By: andrea.it

Created/Edited: Oct 28, 2007 / Jul 7, 2013

Object ID: 351386

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Overview

 
Monte Sissone in the middle of the pic.
This is the side of Forno Glacier.





Mountain with the schape of triangle pyramid. Not very impressive, and with modest climbing interests.

But Monte Sissone has the characteristic to be placed on an important position; the point of union of 3 boundaries.
Infact, the north and west ridges divide the Valle del Forno(CH), from the homonymous Val Sissone(higher part of Valmalenco IT)on east and the Val Masino on south. Instead the southeast ridge, that continues with the bigger Monte Disgrazia, is the boudary between the two Italian valleys: Masino and Sissone.

This mountain is almost totally covered of ice on the Swiss side(ice part of Forno Glacier), instead the other two sides are formed by rocky cliffs, broken and instable especially on the Val Masino side.
Here in fact is the east limit and end of the fantastic granite typical of Val Masino/Bergell.

The ascent of Monte Sissone is recommended by ski in springtime along the Forno Glacier; or otherwise climbed together with the Cima di Rosso, along the very panoramic crest between the two summits.


Getting here

Has I said before, Monte Sissone is placed at the point of union of 3 boudaries, and above three valleys. Two in Italy and one in Swiss.

From SWISS:

Monte Sissone is at the head of Forno Glacier. Which is very long, and it covers almost the entire part of Val del Forno.
The ref.Forno(2574m)permits to share the long journey in two parts. The best starting point is the Maloja Pass(1809m), wherefrom a small road shortens the approach till the ref. Plan Canin(1982m).
From here to the ref.Forno following the path signed by white/blue spots. Maloja Pass is reachable by car from St.Moritz and from Milano-Chiavenna-Bondo(SP36).
Ref.Forno could also be reached from Italy, across the Forno pass(2775m).

 
The glacier of Forno.
Forno glacier 
 
From the summit,view to Forno Glacier and the <a href=http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/154163/cima-di-castello.html>Cima di Castello</a>.
Cima di Castello and Forno glacier 






























From ITALY:

VAL SISSONE: Higher part of the major Valmalenco. Placed in an inpressive environment amongst Monte Disgrazia and Bernina group.
Leave the car at the village of Chiareggio(1612m). From here few paths takes up to the ref.Forno and ref.Del Grande(at the foot of east flank of Monte Sissone).

VAL MASINO: Probably the longest approach. Monte Sissone is at the head of Val Cameraccio, that is the higher part of Val Masino.
The biv.Manzi permits to share the jouney in two parts only if coming from Val Torrone first, and the day after crossing the Passo Torrone to Val Cameraccio.
Otherwise the new biv.Kima is also a good place for rest if coming from ref.Ponti and Valle di Preda Rossa.
I personally think the approach along Val Torrone is the best. For routes and transports about Val Masino,check the Related Page



 
From the summit,view to Val Cameraccio part of Val Masino.
The head of Val Camerozzo 
 
From the summit,view to Val Sissone and the group of Piz Bernina.
 

Routes and History

SSW flank: Normal route.From biv.Manzi(6/7h EEA/F).

S flank and SE ridge: Normal route.From biv.Manzi(6/7h EEA/F).

WSW ridge: From biv.Manzi(3/3.30h AD-).Tuckett/F.Brown/Ch.Michel/I.Walter 11/08/1864

N ridge: From Cima di Rosso(2/3h PD).Very fine,probably the best.D.W.Freshfield/W.Beachcroft/F.Devouassoud 10/08/1964.

E wall: From ref.Del Grande(5/6h diff?).Not recommended,bad qualiti rocks.

SKI route: From ref.Forno(3h OSA).Very fine.

Accomodation

Many of the Bivouacs and Huts in the area,permit quite convenient approach from every sides.
Here the list:

Ref. FORNO
2574m.120 places(30 winter).CAS Sez.Rorschach.Open from 01 July to 15 September.
Tel.0041/818243182.From Maloja Pass(3hours E).From Chiareggio/Forno Pass(3hours E).
Ref.DEL GRANDE/CAMERINI
2580m.10 places.CAI Milano.Open August and the weekend of September.Also open on demand,ask keys to "Albergo Genziana",Chiareggio Tel.0342/451005.From Chiareggio path n3(2/2,30 hours E).
Bivouac MANZI
2540m.9 places,C.A.A.I,Open permanently.From S.Martino Val Masino(4/5hours E).
Bivouac ODELLO/GRANDORI
2992m.6 places,C.A.A.I,open permanently.From S.Martino Val Masino(6hours EE).
Bivouac KIMA
2700m.10 places.Open permanently.From S.Martino Val Masino(6hours E),from Preda Rossa(4,30hours E).

 
Refuge Forno.
Refuge del Forno 
 
The bivouac Manzi.
Bivouac Manzi 

Books&Maps&Links

Books:
-A.Bonacossa/G.Rossi.Masino Bregaglia Disgrazia."Guide dei Monti d'Italia" vol.II TCI 1975
-Miotti/Gogna."Dal Pizzo Badile al Bernina".Zanichelli - 1986
-"Masino-Bregaglia-Disgrazia" G.Maspes and G.Miotti "Guida delle Guide"

Maps:
-Kompass - Chiavenna-Val Bregaglia 92/93 1/50000
-Swiss topographic maps: Val Bregaglia # 1276 and Sciora # 1296 1/50000

Links:
www.metoswiss.ch
www.Meteorisk.com
www.swisswebcams.ch
www.ARPAlombardia.com

Images

The summit of Monte Sissone.This is the south-est ridge.Strange red rocks conformations.The bivouac Manzi.Monte Sissone in the middle of the pic.From the summi,view to <a href=http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/152219/cima-di-rosso.html>Cima di Rosso</a>.The west ridge that continues with <a href=http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/235276/pizzi-torrone.html>Pizzi Torrone</a>.From the summit,view to Forno Glacier and the <a href=http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/154163/cima-di-castello.html>Cima di Castello</a>.Monte Sissone
From the summit,view to Val Cameraccio part of Val Masino.Refuge Forno.From the summit,view to Val Sissone and the group of Piz Bernina.The glacier of Forno.This is the east flank above Val Sissone.The next mountains are Cima di Rosso and Cima di Vazzeda.This is the south side of Monte Sissone.Covered of broke and instable rocks.