Costiera dell'Aroletta (literally
: Ridge of the small arolla pine) is a serrated ridge that branches off the main ridge connecting Mont Gelè to Punta di Faceballa. The ridge goes roughly from south-southeast to north-northwest and includes the following summits:
From Aroletta Superiore, the ridge turns west and connects to the main ridge at Becca de Faudery. Though the summits of Costiera dell’Aroletta are not very high, they attract mountaineers with renowned rock routes on solid granitoid rock.
Beautiful, large pyramid that rises to the south of Colle dell'Aroletta. Abbot Joseph Henry considered it the best looking summit in the entire Aroletta Group. Concerning its elevation, three measurements exist: 2.903m
(C.A.I./T.C.I.) and 2.994m
(R.A.V.A.). The last one is probably the most reliable.
- N Arête (standard route): Abbots Victor Anselmet and Joseph Henry, (Sep 05th, 1919).
- N Arête (standard route): Second ascent, Ten. Gonelli, Pier Francesco Quaini, Rina Pettinati, and Théodule Forclaz, (Oct 09th, 1921).
- E-NE Face: Piero Rosset and Enrico Donadoni, (Aug 1953).
- E-NE Face (Variant): Angelo Bozzetti, Lucio Monaco e C. Summer, (1960).
- E Arête: Carlo Carena, Ennio Cristiano, Natale Fornelli, Antonio Balmamion, and Paolo Battazzini, (Sep 04th, 1966).
- E Arête (Variant): Ugo Manera and Piero Giglio, (Dec 18th, 1966).
- E Pillar and E Arête (Variant): Renato Quendoz and Osvaldo Cardellina, (Aug 06th, 1967).
Trident dell'Aroletta is a splendid group of slender spires of almost equal height. It rises to the north of Col du Grand Barmé (2.720m)
and consists of three summits. From south to north: Punta Jean Charrey, Punta Cino Norat, and Punta Dino Charrey.
- S Arête (Integral? in descent): Dino e Jean Charrey, (Aug 18th, 1929).
- S Arête (in ascent one summit): Alfredo Deffeyes e Basilio Olietti, (Jul 30th, 1929).
- First Winter ascent: Eugenio Faggion, Edoardo Robino, and Romano Picchiottino, (Jan 06th, 1963).
- Integral Ridge: Roberto Amari, Silvana Barisone, Massimo Mila, Ignazio Pallavicino, and Fulvio Ratto, (Jul 16th, 1961).
- Punta Dino Charrey, W Face: Giovanni Pezzoli and Piero Rosset, (Oct 09th, 1955).
- Punta Jean Charrey, E Edge: Angelo Bozzetti and Piero Rosset, (Jun 12th, 1960).
- Second ascent: Piero Rosset and Amilcare Urietti, (Jun 19th, 1960).
- First descent of the N Ridge: Giovanni and Lucio Monaco, (Jun 07th, 1964).
The starting point for most routes of Costiera dell'Aroletta is Rifugio Crête Sèche. The initial part of your approach depends on where you are coming from:
- From Torino, Milano, etc: Motorway A5. Exit at Aosta Est.
- From Switzerland: through the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel or the namesake pass.
- From France: through the Mont Blanc Tunnel or Petit Saint Bernard Pass. It is not necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on SS.26, in the direction of Aosta.
- Aeroporto "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta).
Route Rifugio Crête Sèche
From the Aosta est exit of the motorway, take State Road n° 27 toward the Gran San Bernardo Tunnel. After about 10 km, turn right in the direction of the Village of Valpelline (964m). Once past Valpelline, ignore the road that forks to the left and leads to Ollomont (1.335m) and continue to Oyace (1.377m). Reach the small Village of Dzovenno (1.575m) and turn left for Ruz (1.697m), where you park your car. Take the farm road that leads to Alpeggio Baou de Bouque (2.129m), and, shortly after, to Alpeggio di Berrier (2.192m). (From the parking lot, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.) Angle up along the trail that from here takes you in another hour to Rifugio Crête Sèche (2.410m).
Huts and Fixed Bivouacs
- Bivacco Franco Spataro (2.619m), about 0h'30 from Rifugio Crête Sèche, sleeps 9. Water can be found near the fixed bivouac.
Remember that free camping is forbidden (except for emergency reasons, over 2.500m, from darkness until dawn).
- Meteo: you can find all the needed informations at the official site of the Valle d'Aosta Region:
- Valle d'Aosta Meteo
Vierge de l'Aroletta and Trident de l'Aroletta
- WEBCAM on Aosta Valley:
Books and Maps
- "Guida dei Monti d'Italia-Alpi Pennine" (Vol. I°) di Gino Buscaini - Club Alpino Italiano/Turing Club Italiano, Luglio 1971 (in Italian).
- "Rifugi e bivacchi in Valle d'Aosta" di Cosimo Zappelli aggiornata da Pietro Giglio. Musumeci Editore, Luglio 2002 (in Italian).
- "Diari Alpinistici" di Osvaldo Cardellina e Indice Generale accompagnato da Schedario Relazioni Ascensioni 1964-2019 (inediti).
- "Arrampicare a Crête Sèche" pamphlet available at Rifugio Crête Sèche and on line (in Italian).
- Carta Svizzera Valpelline 1:25.000.
- Carta l'Escursionista "Valpelline, St. Barthélemy" (carta n°5) 1:25.000.
- I.G.C. Istituto Geografico Centrale "La Valpelline-Ollomont-St. Barthélemy" (carta n°115) 1:30.000.
- Kompass "Breuil-Cervinia Zermatt Sentieri e Rifugi Aosta–Champoluc–Châtillon-Gressoney–St. Vincent–Valpelline–Valtournenche". Carta turistica 1-50.000.
- Protezione Civile Valdostana località Aeroporto 7/A Saint Christophe (Ao) Tel. 0165-238222.
- Bollettino Valanghe Tel. 0165-776300.
- Bollettino Meteo Tel. 0165-44113.
- Unità Operativa di Soccorso Sanitario Tel. 118.
Many thanks are due to my friend Fabio ( Brenta) for the translation of the text.