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> February 4th, 2005 - Initial setup of the page.
Monte Cimone / Strma peč is one of the most important and impressive summits of Western Julian Alps (don't confuse this Monte Cimone with the one in Apennines). It stands in the main crest of Viš and Montaž group, between the valleys of Dogna/Dunja (on the north) and Raccolana/Reklanica on the south. It is the highest elevation in the whole strong crest going from Montaž towards the west.
While on the south side the summit has steep grassy slopes, on the northern side a high vertical drop falls many hundreds meters down to the 'Sfonderat' (bottomless) gorge. Towards the west of Monte Cimone / Strma peč the main crest soon divides into many side ones - the world ow wild and hardly ever ascended peaks. Towards the east a steep ridge falls down on Forca di Vandul (notch), 1986m, where the massif of Zabuš begins. Close to the main summit on the SE side there's also a fore-summit, called Pizzo Viene, 2124m.
Monte Cimone / Strma pec is a summit for everyone. It can be hiked-up by one of the two ferratas, for those who want to discover unknown mountain slopes on the western side, there's plenty of room for discoveries and for technical climbers the north wall and the south-west wall offer some nice routes.
> The first tourist ascent on Monte Cimone / Strma peč was done in 1878 by Hermann Findenegg. He came by the today's normal route - from the SE and over Forca di Vandul.
> The first winter ascent was done in January 25th, 1932 by M. Cesca and G. Stauderi.
How Monte Cimone looks like
From all sides Monte Cimone / Strma peč looks like a might, high dome, with side walls falling steeply into the deep valleys around. Only its south-eastern side reveals its "weak" side - there steep grassy and rocky slopes are lowering down, enabling there the normal ascent route to go.
As the mountain is already a bit remote to higher mountains in the group, also from the summit of Monte Cimone / Strma peč the views are extraordinary. The view on Montaž is very special. This hreat mountain is seen from the west-southwest, so its appearance loses the characteristic, tower-like shape. But it remains high and mighty and in its western walls we can from thist standpoint distinguish every feature. Very impressive are also views on the wilderness at Montaž foothills - into deep and wild ravines, on the knife-edge ridges and over the abysses above Dogna/Dunja valley. These scenes are outweighted by a bit more kind nature of the southern slopes.
1. For the southeast ascent we drive from Sella Nevea on the Altipiano del Montasio, till the last parking place, 1502 m. For this side of the mountain, also the trailheads in small vilages above Raccolana/Reklanica valley would be appropriate, but the tours from there on Monte Cimone are very high, hot and in many cases also long.
2. Fort the north approach you drive into Dogna/Dunja valley. We park after some 4 km from the valley entry, after crossing the distinct ravine of Rio Mas, coming down from below Monte Schenone / Lipnik. The trailhead is on the road turn just after the ravine, parking place is a few meters further, on the left side of the road. The altitude is 542 m.
1. From Pecol meadows
1.a. Normal SE variant. We start on the Pecol road end parking place, 1520 m, or from Rif. Brazza (hut), 1660 m. Going westwards we cross the Altipiano del Montasio, continue over the south slopes of Monte Zabuš, ascend Forcella di Vandul, and again towards the west over the ridge between Pizzo Vienne and Monte Cimone / Strma peč to the highest point. 3 h 30 min.
1.b. The variant SE route continues below Forcella di Vandul towards the west and ascends the ridge between Pizzo Vienne and Monte Cimone / Strma peč through the valley above Pala del Larice meadows. 4 h 30 min.
2. Ferrata Norina
From the road in Dogna/Dunja valley to bivouac Cividale (2 h 30 min). Then crossing the north face of Monte Cimone / Strma peč to the exposed grassy ridge, where the ferrata starts. The route is hard, but pegs and cables are in good condition. It ends on Sella Vienne, from where we ascend the summit. 1840 m of altitude, some 7 h only for ascent!
Summer and autumn months are the best. In these areas the weather is most stable from July till October. Due to a few steep and exposed sections, a winter ascent from SE requires full winter equipment and must be hard enough. Due to many crossings, a ski tour is not popular.
> On the ex alpine meadow Sotgoliz, 1414 m, below the northern face, there's the bivouac Cividale, 1415 m (2 h 30 min from the road in Dogna/Dunja valley). The ascent path starts after some 4 km of Dogna/Dunja road.
> The other bivouac is Sandro del Torso, standing below the summit of Pizzo Viene.
> The nearest mountain hut is Rif. Brazza, 1670 m, 0432-797079. It is standing on the Altipiano del Montasio, 15 min from the parking place. The hut has also a winter room.
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