At the back of the Valnontey you can see some majestic north faces. One of these faces, the one most to the right, belongs to the Becca di Gay.
The north face is a giant rock triangle and has a large couloir on either side. The rock is generally sound. There are some really nice routes on this side of the mountain. The easiest being the North East Ridge, then the harder North Face Couloirs and the Grassy Couloir (climbing towards the Anticima Becca di Gay) and finally the hard Central Pillar.
The south- or Piemontside of the Becca di Gay is a face of split rock wich is not very safe to climb, especially in dry years when there is a lot of rockfall.
This mountain stands proudly above the glacier Ghiacciaio del Gran Crou. It can be seen all the way from Cogne. This is not an easy mountain to climb, for the routes are hard and the descent is difficult to find. But the quality of the routes and the views make up for this!
In General (thanks to Antonio Giani for this description):
Approach to southern valleys (Valnontey, Valeille)
• Coming from France through the Mont Blanc tunnel or the Col du Petit Saint Bernard - use the autoroute to Aosta Ovest or the road SS n° 26 until you reach the junction near Sarre.
• Coming from Italy - use the autoroute to Aosta Ovest .
Then, after Aymavilles enter the valley southward and after Vieyes, Epinel and Cretaz villages, (25 km) you get to Cogne (1534 m).
From Cogne, by bus or by car, to Valnontey (1666 m).
Approach to southern valleys (Piantonetto and Noaschetta)
• coming from Torino - autoroute to Aosta - till to S. Giorgio Canavese or take the road SS n°460 to Ceresole Reale.
When you arrive at Rosone village (16 km to Pont Canavese) take a little road on the right, see the sign "Piantonetto Valley". Go as far as the end of the carriage road atTeleccio Lake 1870 m, and park your car.
To Bivacco Borghi:
From Valnontey follow the trail towards the end of the valley. Cross the bridge near the big boulder and keep following the signs for Bivacco Borghi. At the back of the valley the track goes up a moraine, follow this and you will find the bivacco to your right on a small rock-island. Cross the snowfields to get there (2,5-3 hours).
This is a national park. Take care of it. Don't leave your trash for others to clean up. Take care of the bivacco's, they are so important.
You don’t need a permit.
Remember that camping is not allowed (except for emergency reasons, over 2.500 m).
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