Property of the Torino chapter of the Italian Alpine Club. 24 beds.
Originally named Refuge Grandes Jorasses (still marked as such on some maps), Rifugio Boccalatte is on the Normal route up said summit. The first wooded structure was built on the present site in 1881. A stone structure was built in the 1930s. A tin roof and wooden walls were installed in 1984 and in 2001 the building was equipped with solar power and the kitchen was rebuilt.
Most routes on the Grandes Jorasses including the Rochfort traverse, the North Face routes, and the East Face routes pass the hut on either ascent or descent.
Trail #21 starts in the large parking lot in the village of Planpincieux in Val Ferret. Walk through the village to the chapel. Here the trail begins it ascent through what was once a forest which was taken out by and avalanche in 2003. The trail switches back until it tops a rise onto a grassy field. After crossing the field, you have to cross two small streams before the trail begins to climb a rocky escarpment. At the top of this face there is a ladder which will pop you out on the lateral moraine between the Grandes Jorasses and Planpincieux glaciers. At the end of the moraine you will cross a neve to the base of the buttress on which the hut is built. The ascent of this last portion is accomplished with the help of fixed ropes.
Luciana and I have not managed Boccalatte since 2007. Please contact the Torino chapter of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) for information on current management. -Luke
Posted Oct 1, 2010 11:20 pm
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