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Normal route from south ridge

Normal route from south ridge

Normal route from south ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Valle d'Aosta (Aosta Valley), Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.77590°N / 7.10680°E

Object Title: Normal route from south ridge

Route Type: basic ski, snow rackets trekking

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: trekking

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Page By: ronfo

Created/Edited: Mar 16, 2005 / Mar 22, 2005

Object ID: 164328

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The start point is Challancin (1610 m), the small village described in the main page where it’s possible to park the car.

Route Description

The route takes about 3 hours to go with the snow and something less in summer:one hour half to get the Col de Bard and another hour half to get the top.
The way winds on a country road going up to a group of alpine huts named Arpilles.
From here a path go up in the thick wood up to the Col de Bard (2176 m).
This is the part of the way where, in winter in case of important snowfall, it’s easy to loose the right path, then, in this case, it’s better the presence of someone knowing the area.
At the Col de Bard we have two possibilities:
the first, taking about 40 minutes, is the panoramic Court de Bard (2261 m) in south direction;
the second, taking about 1h e 30’ minutes, is to turn in the north direction and to reach the Punta Fetita (2623 m).
Very soon the wood ends and the wide ridge leads easily to the top.
In summer some yellow tallies indicate the good direction.
WGS84 UTM Zone 32T:
Challancin starting point 351.375 E 5.069.090 N
Arpilles 352.274 E 5.069.174 N
Col de Bard 353.293 E 5.068.245 N
Court de Bard 353.265 E 5.066.839 N
Punta Fetita 352.817 E 5.070.891 N

Essential Gear

In winter time with snow, also if the way is not dangerous, don’t forget the ARVA, shovel and probe.

Miscellaneous Info

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Osvaldo Cardellina at Court de Bard...Monte la Varise <i>2941m</i><br> and Grande Rochère <i>3326m</i>In primo piano la punta... Near the orientation plate...Towards Court de Bard (2261 m.)Returning from Court de Bard. Col de Bard (2180 m.)
Summer view of Arpille hamlet...Towards the sun (05 Jan 2005).Southwards backlit shot from...Da sinistra: la Grande...Il massiccio del Monte Bianco... guglia (needle) di Bonalè...The small village of Arpilles
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