Punta Udine

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
Cuneo, Italy, Europe
County:
Piemonte
Activities:
Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Scrambling, Via Ferrata
Season:
Summer
Elevation:
9915 ft / 3022 m
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Punta Udine
Created On: Jan 29, 2013
Last Edited On: Feb 17, 2018

Overview


 

The arrival on the summit of Punta Udine

The arrival on the summit of Punta Udine

Punta Udine 3022 m

Punta Udine is a very interesting peak lying in Alpi Cozie Meridionali, rising to South-East of Colle del Couloir del Porco on the main boundary ridge between Italy and France, at the Northern end of the long ridge joining it with Punta Roma. It is one of the most climbed peak in Monte Viso Subgroup, because of its closeness to Giacoletti Hut, an easy normal route and moreover a satisfactory number of climbing routes on very good rock. Its interest is mainly concerning the steep East face, overlooking Giacoletti Hut, the North-East face and the ridges. The peak shows an intrusive igneous kind of rock, named “gabbro”, similar to the granite but more sculpted, which quality is excellent on the steep East Face and on the slabbing North-East face, both lying in the vicinity of Giacoletti Hut. The most impressive and high face of Punta Udine is its challenging East face, but also the routes on NE face are quite interesting.

First summiters: Giuseppe Morassutti with Giuseppe Perotti in 1899 along the North ridge

Getting There


 

The source of the Po River on Pian del Re

The source of the Po River on Pian del Re

ROAD ACCESS

From Turin or from Cuneo reach the town of Saluzzo m. 340; follow the Valle Po, crossing Sanfònt m. 490, Paesana m. 614, Oncino m. 1220 and Crissolo m. 1318. The last road hairpins lead to Pian del Re m. 2020, where the road ends (41 km. from Saluzzo).

WALKING APPROACH TO GIACOLETTI HUT

From Pian del Re m. 2020 follow the good path (marks GTA, V14) to Colle delle Traversette, rising towards NW and reaching the height of 2115 m. From here leave the main path and turn to left on another good path (marks V17) rising below Rocce Alte del Losas and leading to the fine lake named Lago Superiore m. 2313. The path skirts the east shore of the lake; at the fork with the path V14 carry on along the path V17 getting to the Giacoletti Hut m. 2741 (2 hours from Pian del Re).

All the routes of Punta Udine


All the routes of Punta Udine (the comprehensive engage is expressed in Alpine alphabetical scale, the single moves in French Scale)

NW Ridge (Normal route)

Difficulty: F
Length: 280 m.
Exposure: NW
First ascent: the first summiters

Easy scramble to reach the summit, steep in the upper part.

From Rifugio Giacoletti cross a scree towards North and rise towards the bottom of the gully. Climb the scree and rocky gully on Via ferrata (snow in the upper part even in late summer) getting to Couloir del Porco Col m. 2920. From the col an easy scramble on the left wide ridge leads to the summit.

***East Face

This face is lying just behind Giacoletti Hut ( few minutes by walking from the hut)

 

Punta Udine East face routes

Punta Udine East face routes: A Turbo - B Visto per il Perù - C Risiko - D East Ridge

- Turbo

Difficulty: TD, 6a+ max, 5c obbl. (French scale) – Route equipped with bolts
Length: 320 m., 10 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: Massimo Piras – Paola Brezzo summer 1999

The first 4 pitches are the same of the route Visto per il Perù, then Turbo climbs an original line.

- Visto per il Perù

Difficulty: TD-, 6a max, 5c obbl. (French scale) – Route equipped with bolts
Length: 380 m., 12 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: Massimo Piras – Paola Brezzo 18-7-1998
The first route climbed on the great and complex East face of Punta Udine; rarely climbed till the year 2009, when the route had been entirely equipped, now it’s becoming one of the finest sportive routes of the area.

- Risiko

Difficulty: TD-, 6a max, 5c obbl. (French scale) – Route equipped with bolts
Length: 400 m., 15 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: Massimo Piras – Mauro Castellengo – Stefania Ruberi 20-9-1998

Another great sportive route

- East Ridge

Difficulty: AD+, 4c max, 4b obbl. (French scale)
Length: 400 m., 12 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: F. Burdino, D. Genero and E. Serafino 21-9-1952

This route is a great classic one “mountain style”; an interesting climb on homogeneous difficulty and good rock running quite on the East ridge lying within a stone’s throw from Giacoletti Hut.

Punta Udine North-East routes

North-East routes: A East Ridge - B Diedro Raffi - C Tempi Moderni


On Tempi Moderni, Punta Udine

Slabs on Tempi Moderni

***North East Face

- Diedro Raffi

Difficulty: TD, 6b max, 6a obbl. – Equipped
Length: 200 m., 5 pitches to the joining with Tempi Moderni
Exposure: NE
First ascent: Francesco Raffi – Paolo Rattazzini july 1964

A beautiful classic climb running on the obvious corner on the left of Tempi Moderni.

- North-East ridge

Difficulty: D, V UIAA – Equipped
Length: 400 m., 12 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: G. Bisotti – L. e F. Gentile 28-9-1969

- Tempi Moderni

Difficulty: D+, 5c max. - Equipped
Length: 300 m., 7 pitches for Tempi Moderni, upper part along the NE ridge
Exposure: NE
First ascent: F. Michelin – B. and W. Canepa

Great route climbing fine and compact slabs, some overhanging moves.

- Alice 120-80

Difficulty: D+, 5c max. - Equipped
Length: 320 m., 8 pitches on Alice, upper part along the NE ridge
Exposure: NE
First ascent: F. Michelin – B. and W. Canepa

Another great route on the right of Tempi Moderni.

- Udine Roma Ridge – Via Claudio Bocco

Difficulty: TD, 6a max, 5c obbl. (French scale) – Route equipped with bolts in the first 5 pitches, the further pitches are not equipped (4c max)
Length: 170 m., 5 pitches
Exposure: E
First ascent: F. Michelin – B. Canepa august 2004

This fine route climbs the first spur starting from the ridge joining Punta Udine to Punta Roma and coming down towards East. Approach from Giacoletti Hut in about 10 minutes. The route is entirely equipped with bolts. It’s possible rappelling from the fifth belay, otherwise it’s very satisfactory to climb the upper part of the spur – not equipped – getting to a notch along the ridge joining Punta Udine to the near Punta Roma, named “Cresta Roma”. Once getting to the “arête” there are two possibilities: towards right the ridge leads to the summit of Punta Udine, towards left - longer – to the summit of Punta Roma.

 

Punta Udine map

 

***Short sportive routes

On the steep pillar lying on the right of the classic East Ridge, 100 meters high, there are 3 shorter sportive routes on excellent rock.

- Lo spigolo

Difficulty: TD, 6b+ max, 6a obbl. (French scale) – Route equipped with bolts
Length: 90 m., 4 pitches
Exposure: E

- Sgùra la pelle

Difficulty: TD+, 7a max, 6a+ obbl. (French scale) – Route equipped with bolts
Length: 90 m., 4 pitches
Exposure: E

- La fessura

Difficulty: TD, 6a+ max, 6a obbl. (French scale) – Route equipped with bolts
Length: 90 m., 4 pitches
Exposure: E

Descent from Punta Udine: from the summit scramble down on the NW ridge (Normal route) to Colle del Couloir del Porco and Couloir del Porco leading to the hut

Hut


Rifugio Vitale Giacoletti 2741 m - C.A.I. Barge – 55 beds, open from 15-6 to 15-9, phone +390175940104 – Guardian: Andrea Sorbino

 

Giacoletti Hut

Giacoletti Hut

Red Tape


No particulary restrictions in hiking and climbing.

When to climb


Best season goes from the end of June to middle September.

Meteo


METEO REGIONE PIEMONTE

METEO ALPI

Guidebooks and Maps




Guidebooks

“Monte Viso – Alpi Cozie Meridionali” by Michelangelo Bruno – Collana CAI-TCI Guide dei Monti d’Italia

“Pays du Viso – Escalade en Queyras entre France et Italie” by Sylvain Pusnel and Guillaume Vallot

Maps

"Monviso-Valle Varaita-Valle Po-Valle Pellice" - IGC sheet 106 1:25000



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