Pizzo delle Segade Climber's Log

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Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Jan 1, 2018 4:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2015

50m fall

I have a special relationship to Pizzo delle Segade though I can't decide whether my experience was bad or good. In 2015 we stayed at Chiavenna, north of Lago di Como for our fall vacation. On the second day we escaped forecasted cloudy weather on the Alpine main ridge and drove to Passo San Marco in the Alpi Orobie. We wanted to hike east along the ridgeline of the range. The first summit was Pizzo delle Segade, which we reached barely half an hour after our start. We hiked on towards Monte Fioraro, then descended towards the south when clouds started to develop. After a few hours we returned as it didn't make sense to go on in this weather and after passing Pizzo delle Segade decided to hike back up to the ridge and follow it back to the pass.

There are two minor summits on that short stretch and as we crossed the first of them, Judith slipped above the steepest section and fell down the south face for some 60m, seemingly unable to stop herself on the steep grass slope. I quickly joined her picking up all the debris of her fall. She was dazed and hurting and we soon realized she had broken her hand. Only her hand I have to add. A long night followed with hospital, x-rays and the realization she would have to be operated on. Thus we broke off the vacation, headed back home and had her hand operated next day. Probably the shortest vacation we ever had...

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