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Punta di Verdona or Pointe de la Seyvaz
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Punta di Verdona or Pointe de la Seyvaz

 
Punta di Verdona or Pointe de la Seyvaz

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Aosta Valley Nus Oyace Municipalities, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.81830°N / 7.42288°E

Object Title: Punta di Verdona or Pointe de la Seyvaz

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 9432 ft / 2875 m

 

Page By: OsvaldoCardellina

Created/Edited: May 1, 2016 / May 3, 2016

Object ID: 970902

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Overview




This small Summit is located amidst Becca Conge (2954m) Mount Faroma (3073m) between the Comba Dèche in the Valley of St. Barthélemy and Valpelline.
Amongst these two valleys is located the Hill St Barthélemy (2639m), the famous and very popular passage in the past. By the inhabitants is called and known also as Pointe de la Seyva or de la Seyvaz because overlooking the homonymous alp, intermediate in Comba Dèche reachable from Trois Villes Hamlet in the Upper Hill of Quart than from that of Lignan in the Valley of Saint Barthélemy. Arranged on the West/East axis with respect to the hill also has a third short ridge that descends to the North-northwest over the Col du Coteau du Fond (2681m) and Gran Coutà (2864m) on the watershed between the Vallons Verdona (West) Vessona both in perpendicular to the Oyace Common (1377m) in Valpelline. This partition ends, after the Pointe de Vameà (2685m), with the Becca di Nona (2898m), small but imposing and impressive, which overlooks the locality. The latter ridge also divided into two parts the North Slope shattered with a revolt in the Northwest over the Tsa de Verdonaz and Alp Brollier (2317m, 2268m) and the other to the North-northeast on Plan Barmé or Barmet and Alpe of the Ardamùn or Arp Damon (2379m, 2207m). Instead, the entire slope South is situated between the St. Barthélemy Hill and Faroma Pass (2721m) divided with the Northwest Crest of Altitude 2936/7 metres just West of Faroma. The same is presented as a large rock face furrowed by several ravines and couloirs more or less parallel, the most prominent of which are the gully going up diagonally from right to left, and separating the two distinct Summit (2875m West, East 2862/8) with a steep and parallel South-southeast Edge that faces towards South over Valchourda Alp (2380/92m). Some rocky areas are yet to be explored, but wherever the rock is very broken often covered by grassy or detrital layers, wherefore much caution, while the gullies are to be avoided because it much exposed to frequent falling rocks.
In return, beautiful diametrically opposed views towards Graians towards the South above the Dora Baltea and Pennine to the North.




Punta di Verdona or Seyvaz Southern Face above Comba Dèche


Questa piccola Sommità é collocata tra la Becca Conge (2954 m) ed il Monte Faroma (3073 m) tra la Comba Dèche nella Valle di St. Barthélemy e la Valpelline.
Tra queste due vallate é collocato il Colle di St. Barthélemy (2639 m), famoso e molto frequentato in passato. In loco viene chiamata anche Pointe de la Seyva oppure Seyvaz, poiché sovrasta l'omonima alpe, intermedia nella Comba Dèche raggiungibile sia dalla Frazione di Trois Villes nell'Alta Collina del Comune di Quart che da quella di Lignan in Valle di Saint Barthélemy. Disposta sull'asse Ovest/Est rispetto al colle, presenta inoltre una terza breve cresta che scende a Nord-nordovest sopra il Col du Coteau de Fond (2681 m) e la Gran Coutà (2864 m) sullo spartiacque tra i Valloni di Verdona (ad Occidente) e Vessona (ad Oriente) entrambi perpendicolari al Comune di Oyace (1377 m) in Valpelline. Questo divisorio termina, dopo la Punta di Vameà , con la Becca di Nona (2898 m) che, piccola ma imponente e suggestiva, sovrasta questa località. Quest'ultima cresta inoltre divide in due parti il frantumato Versante Settentrionale con una rivolta a Nordovest sopra la Tsa de Verdonaz e l'Alpe di Brollier (2317 m, 2268 m) e l'altra a Nord-nordest sopra Plan Barmé o Barmet e l'Alpe di l'Ardamùn o Arp Damon (2379 m, 2207 m). Invece l'intero Versante Meridionale si distende tra il Colle di St. Barthélemy ed il Colle Faroma (2721 m) divisorio con la Cresta Nordovest della Quota 2936/7 metri appena ad Ovest del Monte Faroma. Il medesimo si presenta come una larga faccia rocciosa solcata da diversi anfratti e canaloni più o meno paralleli, il più in vista dei quali lo solca salendo in diagonale da destra a sinistra e separando le due distinte Sommità (2875 m la Ovest, 2862/8 la Est) con un ripido e parallelo spigolo rivolto a Sud-sudest sopra l'Alpe di Valchourda (2380/92 m). Alcuni settori rocciosi sono ancora da esplorarsi, ma dovunque la roccia risulta piuttosto rotta e spesso ricoperta da strati erbosi o detritici, per la qual cosa richiede molta prudenza, mentre i canaloni son da evitarsi poiché sovente esposti a cadute di pietre.
Compensano belle vedute diametralmente opposte verso le Alpi Graie a Sud sopra il corso della Dora Baltea ed a Settentrione sulle Pennine.



First Ascents

  • First on the summit: unknown.
  • In winter: unknown.
  • Southwest Ridge (Normal Route): unknown.
  • North-northwest Crest: Osvaldo Cardellina, lone; August 31th, 1999, in ascent from Col Coteau du Fond.
  • North-northeast Slope: probably Gino Buscaini; summer 1970, in ascent through the Comba Vessona.
  • East Ridge: Osvaldo Cardellina, lone; August 31th, 1999, in descent to Col Faroma and Valchourda Alp.
  • South-Southeast Edge: Osvaldo Cardellina and Giuseppe Lamazzi; May 01th, 1997, with descent through Southwest Crest to St. Barthélemy Hill.
  • Southern Face: unknown.


Topo from Quart/Nus & by Valpelline/Oyace









Getting There

By car:

  • From TORINO, MILANO, etc: Motorway A5. Exit at IVREA or Quincinetto (PIEDMONT)

    From IVREA Town: in West to Pont Saint Martin, Donnas, Bard, Verrès, St. Vincent, Châtillon, Nus, Quart, St. Christophe, Aosta and Roisan Municipalities.

    From Courmayeur Resort: in East to Morgex, La Salle, Saint Pierre, Sarre, Aosta, Roisan and Saint Chistophe Municipalities.




    From Aosta Town towards Quart and Nus Municipalities
    1)-:
    By Quart-Villair to Epilaz, Argnod Villages or from SS n° 26 nearby La Plantaz (540m), with Regional and Municipal Roads, towards Chétoz, Vignil, Fornail, Ville sur Nus-Planeville, Buignod, Porsan Villages to Trois Villes-Avisod Village (1398m). From this towards La Seyvaz, Valchourda Alps (2206m), in Comba Dèche.
    2)-: From Quart
    to Fonteil with previous route; this through dirt road, towards La Seyvaz (2184m), Valchourda Alps (2392m), in Comba Dèche.
    From Nus-La Plantaz in State Road to Ville sur Nus-Planeville (1113m); from this, towards Buignod, Avion (1312m) Villages. Also from Porsan through Trois Villes (1398m), Avion, fork (1250m) to Effraz Village (1487m), with Municipal Roads. From this to Ronc (1737m), Machaussy Alps, in Effraz Comba.




    From Aosta towards Valpelline Valley
    3)-:
    From Aosta City with State Road n° 26 towards the alternative before Gignod Municipality; from this through the Regional Road in Northeast towards Valpelline Commune (580m) and always through Regional Road, towards Oyace Commune (1316-1377m). From these to Southern Vallons: a)- by Valpelline towards Verdzignola and b)- by Oyace towards Verdona Vallon.




  • From FRANCE: through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Entrèves-crossroads to Vény/Ferret Valleys - Mountain Guides of Courmayeur - La Saxe Rock Gym - Courmayeur. By Little Saint Bernard Pass, closed since November until half May to La Thuile Valley - Pré Saint Didier - Courmayeur.

    It is not necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on State Road n° 26, in the direction of AOSTA - IVREA - TURIN.


By plane:
  • Aeroporto Internazionale "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta)

Approach & Route

Approach from Fonteil (Trois Villes-Quart)


By Fonteil Village immediately at the entrance on Comba Dèche just left or West by Monte Faroma (3073m): over the triple Village of Trois Villes, and now the interior of St. Barthélemy Valley, opens the Comba Dèche, that has a vertical depth reaching the hill with the same name. As well as very important Pass (2639m) towards the Valpelline and Oyace Common, between Becca Conge (2954m) and Punta Verdona (2868/75m) and just before the beautiful pyramid of Mount Faroma, now belonging fully to this valley. An aggregation perhaps, for this comba, somewhat arbitrary but certainly practical for even the farm private dirt road that runs, concomitant with the trail n° 3/4 on valley floor, reaching in succession the Pastures of Nouva, Flemagne, Salé, Cré, Brunier, Clavel towards upper La Seyvaz Valchourda Alpages (2184m, 2392m) and finally St. Barthélemy Hill, much popular in the past (2639m; E/; 4h'00/4h'30 by Fonteil) leave just from Trois Villes beginning immediately above of Fonteil (1423m; mini parking).

Route from St. Barthélemy Hill by Southwest Ridge (Normal Via)


From the Hill of Saint Barthélemy (2639m) turn right (Northeast) bringing themselves on the Southwest Ridge.
Bypassing on several insignificant elevations preceding a grassy hump, go up through debris and easy small rocks on the thread of the ridge until it meets rock a little more steep and challenging. Reached a first rocky prominence of a dozen meters (I°/I°+; II°- on the edge), you get to a small shoulder that precedes a following with more or less the same characteristics, and that leads to a notch, where comes the first channel from Southern Slope. A series of rocky steps in the form of stair leads to a fork where comes always from the South, a branch of the second and most important couloir. These short sections remain fully climbed or avoided with small workarounds on the right or on the left (North). Two small pinnacles followed by three elevations easily lead to the Top, while a rounded saddle, where diagonally comes the third gully, separates from the more Eastern Summit (F/F+; 0h'30/0h'45).




Valchourda Alp at the end of Comba Dèche


Avvicinamento dal Villaggio di Fonteil (Trois Villes-Quart)


Dal Villaggio Trois Villes-Fonteil posto proprio all'ingresso della Comba Dèche subito a sinistra od Ovest della "cattedrale" rocciosa del Monte Faroma (3073 m):
oltre il triplice Villaggio di Trois Villes (Porsan, Avisod e Fonteil), ed ormai internamente alla Valle di Saint Barthélemy soprastante il Comune di Nus, si allunga la Comba Dèche, che possiede una profondità in verticale raggiungendo l'omonimo nonché molto importante Colle verso la Valpelline (2639 m), collocato tra la Becca Conge (2954 m) e la Punta di Verdona (2868/75 m) ed appena prima della bella piramide del Monte Faroma, ormai appartenente in modo completo a questa valle. Una aggregazione forse, quella di questa comba, un poco arbitraria ma sicuramente pratica poiché anche la strada poderale ed il concomitante sentiero n° 3/4 che la percorrono raggiungendo in successione le Alpi di Nouva, Flemagne, Salé, Cré, Brunier, Clavel, la intermedia di La Seyvaz nonché l'ultima di Valchourda (2184 m, 2392 m) ed infine il Colle di St. Barthélemy, molto frequentato in un remoto passato (2639 m; E/; 4h'00/4h'30 da Fonteil) partono proprio da Trois Villes con inizio dal Villaggetto appena soprastante di Fonteil (1423 m; mini parcheggio).

Via dal Colle di St. Barthélemy tramite la Cresta Sudovest (Normale)


Dal Colle di Saint Barthélemy (2639 m) volgere verso destra (Nordest) portandosi sulla Cresta Sudovest.
Oltrepassate alcune asperità insignificanti al di sopra di una gobba erbosa, proseguire tramite detriti e facili roccette sul filo di cresta fino ad incontrare rocce un poco più ripide ed impegnative. Raggiunto un primo risalto di una dozzina di metri (I°/I°+; II°- sul filo), si arriva ad una spalletta che ne precede un successivo con più o meno le stesse caratteristiche e che porta ad un intaglio, dove arriva il primo canale dal Versante Meridionale. Una serie di rocce gradinate conduce ad una forcella dove perviene, sempre da Sud, una ramificazione del secondo e più importante canalone. Questi brevi tratti possono essere percorsi integralmente oppure evitati con piccoli aggiramenti sia a destra che sulla sinistra (Nord). Due piccoli pinnacoli seguiti da tre elevazioni conduconono facilmente alla Vetta più elevata, mentre una sella arrotondata, dove in diagonale arriva il terzo canalone, separa dalla Cima più Orientale ( F/F+; 0h'30/0h'45).

Difficulties & Equipment

DIFFICULTIES

This route can be considered EEA/F/F+ (Experts Hikers and Mountaineers); BSA in winter (even by Ski).

L'itinerario è da classificare in EEA/F/F+ (Escursionisti Esperti od Alpinisti) BSA in inverno (anche in Scialpinismo).

Comba Dèche (right) and Comba Cénevé (left) 2015
Complete Comba Dèche up to St. Barthélemy Hill 2015
Comba Dèche Northeastern part to Punta Verdona 2015


EQUIPMENT

High Hiking gear, in winter as for Ski-Mountaineering.

Da Alto Escursionismo, in inverno da Scialpinismo.

Images

Monte Faroma...Winter B. of Fana to NE Pennine Alps December 1974Oyace ... Tour Tornalla above St. Michel Church 2015Comba Dèche in left or West from Mont Faroma 2015Comba Dèche To Punta di Verdona from South 2016Valchourda Alp <i>(2385/92 meters about)</i>)Dèche Punta di Verdona behind Becca d\'Aveuille 2016
Comba Dèche Northeastern part to Punta Verdona 2015Faroma  Conge  Viou  Mountain ChainDèche Punta di Verdona from Les Druges "Alte" 2016Complete Comba Dèche up to St. Barthélemy Hill 2015Comba Dèche (right) and Comba Cénevé (left) 2015Low North Valley / C 1- Avisod 1945 little Church 2015Tour de Salé from Lignan Hamlet (St. Barthélemy) 2015
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