|Lat/Lon:||45.85284°N / 6.97735°E|
|Elevation:||9196 ft / 2803 m|
The Rifugio Boccalatte-Piolti was originally named Refuge Grandes Jorasses (still marked as such on some maps) and is located on the way to Normal route up said summit. The hut is dedicated to Gabriele Boccalatte e Mario Piolti from Torino, fallen on the South Face of the Aiguille de Triolet in the year 1938.
The first wooded structure was built on the present site in 1881. A stone structure was built in the 1930s. A tin roof and wooden walls were installed in 1984 and in 2001 the building was equipped with solar power and the kitchen was rebuilt. Most routes on the Grandes Jorasses including the Rochefort traverse, the North Face routes, and the East Face routes pass the hut on either ascent or descent.
The place where the refuge is located was identified in 1864 by Edward Whymper, who was trying to reach the summit of the Grandes Jorasses with his guides. In reason of the strategic position of the place and the magnificent panorama it was soon built in the year 1881 and was thus one of the first refuges on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif. Initially entirely in wood, it was built with stone walls in the 1930s, and has since been renovated several times: in 1944, in 1984 and in 2016.
3-3.30h, 1200m Trail #21 starts in the large parking lot in the village of Planpincieux in Val Ferret. Walk through the village to the chapel. Here the trail begins it ascent through what was once a forest which was taken out by and avalanche in 2003. The trail switches back until it tops a rise onto a grassy field. After crossing the field, you have to cross two small streams before the trail begins to climb a rocky escarpment. At the top of this face there is a ladder which will pop you out on the lateral moraine between the Grandes Jorasses and Planpincieux glaciers. At the end of the moraine you will cross a neve to the base of the buttress on which the hut is built. The ascent of this last portion is accomplished with the help of fixed ropes.
Situation: Grandes Jorasses, Courmayeur municipality (AO), Val Ferret, 2803 m.
Owner: C.A.I. Club Alpino Italiano Sez. Torino
Guardian: Franco Perlotto +393392825034
Guarding period: from the end of June to middle September
Size: 24 people
Hut Phone: in the season at +39 0165 844070
The Normal Route of the Grandes Jorasses is the the most commonly climbed route from Boccalatte.
Mountaineering: Dome de Rochefort, Calotte de Rochefort, Col des Grandes Jorasses, Grandes Jorasses Normal route, Punta Walker, Punta Whymper, Punta Margherita