Sassolungo di Cibiana 2413 m
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Beautiful summit frequented enough, the Sassolungo di Cibiana is a mountain located in the Zoldo Dolomites and dominating with its vertical North wall the namesake pass, through which it passes the road connecting Val Zoldana and Cibiana, then joining Valle del Boite (Cadore). When observed from Passo Cibiana it appears as a slender and compact rock pyramid, beautiful and inviting. Despite the not very high altitude, it's an excellent viewpoint over the Dolomites summits of the surroundings, especially over the nearby Sfornioi and Sasso di Bosconero, and further in the distance over some giants of the Dolomites, like Antelao and Pelmo. Not to be confused with the more famous Threethousanders Sassolungo/Langkofel in Valgardena and Sassolungo/Lenkstein in the Vedrette di Ries, Sassolungo di Cibiana is also called "El Cimòn" by the inhabitants of Ospitale di Cadore and "Sasslòngo" by the inhabitants of Cibiana. Very impressive if seen from North when crossing Passo di Cibiana by car.
Sassolungo is part of the small Bosconero Group and it's the fourth summit in order of height after Sasso di Bosconero 2464 m, Sasso di Toanella 2430 m and Sfornioi di Mezzo 2425 m. It has a pyramid shape with an oustanding rocky wall on the North side above the valley of Cibiana that has made it interesting for climbers. The wall is the most imposing point of a long ridge made of many pinnacles and peaks with an east-west direction, starting from the summit of Sfornioi Nord and finishing with the Sass de Mezodì. The South side is a smooth gravelled flank covered of bushes and small trees totally enclosed into the Campestrin valley.
Sassolungo di Cibiana has been probably climbed for the first time in the 19th century by local chamois hunters.
The group is located into the “Dolomiti di Zoldo” region. For people coming from “Po Valley” the fastest way is reach the village of "Longarone", not far from the city of "Belluno", and in Longarone take on the left the road entering Valle di Zoldo. Another way to reach the Valle di Zoldo is from Feltre and Belluno across Agordo and Passo Duran (road n. 203). From Turin or Milan or Venice: motorway A4 - Mestre - motorway A27.
By plane The nearest international airports are "Treviso", used for many low-cost flights, and "Venice" "Marco Polo".
By train The nearest railway station is Longarone; Belluno station can also be used as the DolomitiBus service leaves from there for Longarone/Pecol.
By bus Various buses of the DolomitiBus service leave from the Belluno bus station (opposite the railway station) and reach Val Zoldana in approx. 1hour.
There are two main Normal routes to the summit, one climbing on the South side and starting from Casera Campestrin, the other one climbing the sector of the West wall located nearby the NW ridge, across ledges, small walls and scree gullies, and starting from Forcella del Sassolungo. Between this two normal routes the most frequented is the route running on the West wall, the most enjoyable, though not the easiest one.
West route From the "Forcella Ovest del Sassolungo" - II UIAA, 300 m
Mountaineering interesting itinerary with many rock passages, ledges and debris. It requires good orientation, standing foot and a bit of rock climbing experience. Red markers along the route.
From the parking lot on the Cibiana pass 1530 m, located near the "Baita Deona", take the gravel road passing near a couple of small traditional huts, the Tabià Dèona, and getting soon a fork. Follow the left branch in the direction of the Casera de la Ronces (signposts to Forcella Bella and Casera Campestrin, 483 AV3. At a second fork follow the right branch. At the third fork take again the path on the right (signposts Forcella Bella, Bivacco Campestrin and Casera Bosconero), entering the wood. Following the shady path, getting to the fourth fork. Here ignore the two branchs on the right (path n. 482 and 485 to Forcella de le Ciavazole, Casera Bosconero and Baita Darè Copàda) and turn to left, always following the path n. 483 in the direction of Forcella Bella and Biv. Campestrin. The path crosses the Northern scree slopes of Sfornioi, getting a first wide saddle not allowing the descent. Afterwards, following shortly the ridge, we get another saddle, Forcella Bella 2112 m. From this saddle the path descends about 70 meters southward in the direction of Val Campestrin, getting a grassy terrace with a cairn. Here ignore the main trail n. 483 which continues to descend and take on the left a well worn track that cuts on level the base of yellow walls. After the horizontal stretch, the trail rises steeply but shortly to a wide saddle, the Forcella Ovest del Sassolungo.
At the base of the grey wall on the right (facing West), nearby the left edge, it's situated the starting point of the route (red mark). Let's climb soon a short wall (I) up to a groove, then reach a sloping slab and a ledge. Follow the ledge leftwards to turn an edge. After some scree gullies, small walls and ledges the route reach a dark chimney with a jammed block. This is the most characteristic move of the whole route. Climb 3 meters inside the chimney, then exit the chimney through the hole formed by the boulder (II) and continues easily on scree ground and rocks to a rocky ledge. Follow the ledge traversing left; after a fine grey wall (II) the route reachs the wide South ridge of the peak, from which you climb briefly to the summit.
Descent: reversing the same route
Normal Route from South From the Casera Campestrin - I/II UIAA
From the shelter get above the gravel South flank throught the dense wood and than to the summit - easy (I UIAA). The South flank can also be reached traversing from the "Forcella Ovest del Sassolungo".
Here will be listed some others classic routes.
North-West Pillar: B.Crepaz/S.Gobbo - From "Forcella Cibiana" - III/IV UIAA, 300 m - Bad rock at the begin
From North: (via diretta) - III/IV UIAA, 500m - (III°/IV°) M.Bianchi/E.Urban
North wall Via Al sole delle Dolomiti - IV, 450 m S.Casara/M.Canal/F.Stefani/L.Panozzo
From East From "Forcella delle Ronce" - I/II 420m
From South-East From "Casera Pian de Fontana" - I
No permits, no fees and no particulary restrictions in hiking and climbing, but the whole area had been acknowledged inside the Unesco World Heritage natural sites list and requires the best care and respect. More info about Dolomites Unesco World Heritage on SP: Dolomites, living mountains by Silvia Mazzani .
The best period goes from middle June to the end of September
Camping is permitted in the whole Bosconero group and it doesn't require any red tape. Otherwise the nearest possibilities of accomodation are the huts and the hotels situated on the Passo Cibiana.
On the South side of Sassolungo di Cibiana we find a small shelter, it's the bivouac "Casera Campestrin".
Casera Campestrin 1649 m
Open from: permanenly Telephone: none Keeper: none Property: CAI sez. San Donà di Piave Places: 12 From Passo Cibiana, path 483, 2 hours EE From Ospitale di Cadore, path 483, 3,30 hours E
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