Nowadays with the climatical changes is a medium level ascent useful also for climbing courses!
After the armistice (8th September, 1943) he joined the Valsesian Resistance; thanks to his past good military experience he was promoted vice-commander in “Garibaldi” brigades founded by Cino Moscatelli.
As a fine connoisseur of Monte Rosa’s massif he was entrusted with his colleague Giovanni Antonioli to organize the expatriation across the border ridge to Switzerland of the former English and Australian war prisoners; in 1944 started to get in touch with the Allied Special Operations Executive Swiss sections as a referent of Italian Liberation Committee (“Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale", well known as C.L.N.); with a series of missions, quite often alone, he crossed the Lysjoch by Grenzgletscher to transfer secret documents in Lausanne.
During one of these missions, on 25th March 1945, he disappeared in a crevasse; his dead body was recovered by some Swiss mountain guides 18 years after nearby Cabane Betemps (actually Monte Rosa Hutte).
The circumstances of his death are still very mysterious, also after the following proceedings by Swiss judges and the autopsy: why he moved from Capanna Gnifetti in a foggy and snowy day when the glacier was very dangerous? Another mistery: his comrade wasn’t allowed to join to the mission….
In the same year when this event comed up again and arrived on newspapers, a 21 y.o. Valsesian aspirant-guide Giorgio Bertone and his friend Danilo Saettone discovered this lone wall with its spur.
Giorgio Bertone will become in a few years one of the most appreciated guides on Western Alps. He moved to Courmayeur and started an important climbing activity with his clients and particularly with the French climber René Desmaison, culminated in very difficult new routes like the Direct “Serge Gousseault” on the Grandes Jorasses’ North Face and the “Dihedral Route” (a.k.a. “Via dei Diedri”) on Aiguille Noire de Peuterey; both on Mont Blanc’s group.
You can reach Rima, small village of Rima San Giuseppe, from the highway A26 “dei Trafori”; get out at Romagnano Sesia-Ghemme toll gate, then follow the National route SP299 through Romagnano Sesia, Borgosesia, Varallo Sesia. When you arrive in Balmuccia near by a little square (bus stop with a rock monument) turn right (direction “Boccioleto-Rimasco”) and follow the little provincial route, somewhere tortuous up to Rimasco. Leave on your right the junction for Carcoforo near the church, cross the village and continue for a straight route to Rima san Giuseppe and finally park near the centre of Rima (about 57 Km from the toll gate).
Huts & Approach
The route is normally climbed on a day; but if you like there's a possible approach from a comfortable hut.
Rifugio (Hut) Vallé (m 2175); property of "Parco Naturale Alta Valsesia", 25 beds, guarded during summer season (end June-mid September; Tel. +39 328-4424913)
2-2,15 hours from Rima by track way marked (n° 91 and 91a).
From Rifugio (Hut) Vallé, return by a path up to the buildings of Alpe Brusiccia (m 1943); here continue with the track way marked (n° 91) for Colle del Piccolo Altare (“Little Altar Pass”). Near Alpe Lavazzey (m 1943) find a little path that get up the East pillar; at the end continue for grassy and scree slopes and reach the attack point on the lowest section of the spur nearby to two evident runnels that furrow the face (1,15-1,30 hours).
Direct approach to repeat the route in a day:
from Rima follow directly the track marked (n° 92) up to Alpe Lavazzey (m 1943) where you can find the approach way from Rifugio Vallé (2,30 hours to attack point).
Get over a rib under an overhanging step, climb it (IV+), then get out on a belay across a slab (III). Continue on a difficult slab towards another overhang (IV), climb it directly (V- with a sequence in A1) then cross another slab up to a large terrace.
Follow the spur along some obliques dihedrals (IV/IV+) to reach the top of a little gendarme. Climb directly a short step, and with a traverse to the right reach a good belay (IV+, III). After another little step go slantwise on the right up to the rib and continue directly to join a little shoulder (IV+, III). Continue directly, then slightly on the left to get over a step up to the bottom of a large sloping dihedral on the left of a characteristic reddish tower (IV, IV+).
Get over on the right a first overhang, then a slab and a second overhang (V, A1), after that climb on its centre a 25 meters little wall up to the rib (IV+, rest point).
Follow the razor edge ending at the top of the shoulder (III). Climb the final wall slightly on the left by a slab and an overhang (IV); traverse to the right towards another overhang and get directly over it (IV+). Continue for the upper step to join the top of the wall (IV, IV+) and an easy ridge that ends at the summit (3,30-4 hours).
Descent: you can join "double-way" the top of Corno Piglimò by its normal route (South Ridge) going down to the saddle on the North of Punta Giacomo Chiara (about 2 hours to Colle Piglimò).
Otherwise from Punta Giacomo Chiara continue towards Colle Piglimò along the first section of South Ridge on easy rocks (about 45 minutes).
Recommended: 1 rope x 60 m, helmet, 1 aider, 5-6 pegs, a complete set of nuts (particularly medium and big size), 10 express clippers, 10 long tape slings to set up the belays.
Comune di Rima San Giuseppe
Ente Gestione Aree protette della Valsesia (ex Parco Naturale Alta Valsesia)