Poncione di Cassina Baggio is a mighty rocky castle, lying in upper Val Bedretto, Ticinesi Alps, on the right side of the road to Nufenen Pass, between the village of All'Acqua and the col. This fine mountain is one the typical one day shot summits in the Southern Swiss Alps, easy and fast to approach, with a fantastic rock and without coming down problems.
On its sunny face 400 m. drop different amazing modern routes had been climbed in the 90s. The wall is characterized by a first slabby section and a second one rather steep. Piccadilly Bedretto is one of these, a long good route on excellent rock climbing the South face; after the starting six pitches, on sloping slabs, the climbing way changes, becoming steeper and developing on fine cracks and flakes.
Getting ThereFrom Airolo, a little town at St.Gotthard southern exit, follow the road to Nufenen Pass, going inside the green bucolic Val Bedretto and reaching All’Acqua village. Here you can take the path to Capanna Piansecco, if you want to spend a night in the hut. A few kilometres past All’Acqua, at a road's hairpin towards left, leave the car (m. 2095). Parking. Here you can take the path rising directly to South face, if you want to climb without stay overnight at Capanna Piansecco.
Piccadilly Bedretto reportPiccadilly Bedretto
Summit altitude: mt. 2621
Climbing length: 400 mt.
First ascent: Jurg von Kanel – D. Hodel 1991
Starting point: Nufenen Pass road mt. 2095 (parking)
Hut: Capanna Piansecco SAC m. 1980, open in the week-ends
A long interesting route "alpine style" on excellent granite, divided in two clear different sections: the first 6 pitches run on sloping slabs, the next pitches are steep and airy and develope on fine cracks and flakes. Equipment on bolts, often spaced.
Piccadilly Bedretto report (French scale)
You can climb the route directly from the parking along Nufenen Pass road; otherwise you can spend the night at Capanna Piansecco SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) mt. 1980, available from All’Acqua in 45 minutes.
From the parking a mainly level track leads towards the face; finally the track rises along some steep stones’ slopes towards right, reaching the right side of the face (1,10 hour from the hairpin). To get to the starting point, situated below some red stones, walk along a good legde rising towards left.
L1 - Easy rocks lead to a sloping slab slantways towards left (4c).
L2 - An other slab with a final thin crack (5c).
L3 – Slabs and little corners slantways towards right ( 4b).
L4 – A dihedral crack, then a slab to a little belay (4c).
L5 – A slab with a smooth move, then easier rocks to the belay (6a+, or 5b with 1 p.a.).
L6 – Slabs and little corners to the wide central gully which divides the face in two parts (4b) .
L7 - Cross the gully towards left, reaching a vertical wall. Climb the wall along fine flakes (6a).
L8 – A superb pitch along flakes and cracks to a good stance (5b).
L9 – Another superb pitch; a short steep wall over the stance, then a vertical corner (6a).
L10 – Slantways towards right to the summital ridge (5c).
Descent: abseiling the route. The first anchors are 7-8 meters below the summit, on the right (facing out).
From left to right:
- Tanti Auguri V+, 400 m.
- Tage der Kalte VII, 400
- Piccadilly Bedretto VI+ (or V+, A0), 400 m.
- Herbstwind VII-, 400 m.
- Dr. Grüen Nils VI, 400 m.
Descent from the South face routes is done rappelling the routes.
Essential GearRopes 2 x 50, helmet, 12 express, nuts 5-8, some friends 2-3 are useful
Capanna Piansecco mt. 1988 (CAS BELLINZONA) +41918691214
Guardiano: Enrica Vella 6781 Bedretto
Red TapeThere are not particular restrictions in climbing and hiking.
When to climbBest season goes from May to middle October.
Guidebooks and maps"Schweiz plaisir" by Jurg von Kanel, Ed. Filidor 1992
"Arrampicate sportive e moderne tra Varese e Canton Ticino" AA.VV,
Ed. Versante Sud 1998