Soglio Sandri - Menti

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
Vicenza, Italy, Europe
County:
Veneto
Activities:
Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Elevation:
5413 ft / 1650 m
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Soglio Sandri - Menti
Created On: Jan 1, 2018
Last Edited On: Feb 20, 2018

Overview

Soglio Sandri - Menti 1650 m

The Fumante is an important subgroup of the larger group of Carega, Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites) including several pinnacles and limestone spiers.
The toponym Fumante, well describing the frequent presence of the mists that run between the many towers and spiers, it is actually an ancient toponym of German origin, Fum-Bant, meaning "rocky wall." It is limited to the NE by the Passo Campogrosso which separates it from the Sengio Alto chain.

Soglio Sandri - Menti is a fine tower of dolomia belonging to the Fumante Group and located at a short distance from the Refuge Toni Giuriolo located right on the pass, at the border between the two provinces of Vicenza to the East and Trento to the West.
Both the easy and quick approach and the quality of the rock make Soglio Sandri-Menti a destination rather frequented, offering pleasant climbs running on the NNE wall, the side facing Passo di Campogrosso. Among these routes I would like to mention the route "Antonella".

Guglie del Fumante annotated panorama
Guglie del Fumante annotated panorama - Photo Silvia Mazzani

Getting There

The starting point to climb Soglio Sandri-Menti is quickly approachable from Passo di Campogrosso m. 1446, a col located in the Little Dolomites, connecting the Vallarsa Valley (Trento province) and the Agno Valley (Vicenza province). The col is accessible by car only coming from the Vicenza side, passing through the small town of Recoaro Terme; in fact cars are not allowed on the road coming from Pian delle Fugazze (Trento side).

Guglia G.E.I. from the summit of Soglio Sandri-Menti
Guglia G.E.I. from the summit of Soglio Sandri-Menti


This wide pass separates the Carega group from the Sengio Alto chain.
On the Vicenza side is located the refuge Toni Giuriolo, an excellent starting point to hike and climb in this Sector of the Piccole Dolomiti group

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il Fumante
il Fumante in wintertime - Photo Tiziana


Access to Campogrosso

- From A4 Motorway exit Montecchio Maggiore and follow the road to Valdagno, Recoaro and Passo di Campogrosso

Route: Antonella

Via Antonella description

Difficulty: IV, IV+ and V (UIAA scale)
Length: 120 m.
Equipment: bolts
Pitches: 5
Exposure: NNE

Soglio Sandri Menti and Punta Sibele
Soglio Sandri Menti and Punta Sibele
A crack on the Route Antonella, Soglio Sandri Menti
A crack on the Route Antonella, Soglio Sandri Menti

An advisable climb, mostly on excellent rock, on the NNE face of Soglio Sandri-Menti, near Passo di Campogrosso. The belays and the pitches are equipped with bolts.

Access to Soglio Sandri - Menti from Passo di Campogrosso

From Passo di Campogrosso take to the left the good path heading to the Guglie del Fumante (signpost 7 and E5) and keep it, reaching the fork on Sella del Rotolon. Take the path n. 6 crossing meadows and war-trenches and getting to Piazzale SUCAI, an amphitheater to the East of Guglie del Fumante. Before reaching the base of the Guglia GEI to the right, leave the path by bending to the left (cairns). Cross on stony ground, then descend on unstable ground in the amphitheater. Cross the landslide getting the Soglio Sandri-Menti, the last spire on the left. The start of the climb is below the vertical of the top and immediately to the left of a grassy gully, marked with a letter "A". 30 minutes from Campogrosso.

Pitch 1 - Climb the first few meters on dirty rock up to a terrace. Continue directly on slabs rich in holds, then on a small crack. Exiti to the stop on a ledge, IV, IV+, V, 30 m

Pitch 2 - Up directly on fine slabs until you stop at the base of a big crack, iv, IV+, 20 m.

Pitch 3 - Traverse left some meters and climb the big crack. Stop at the end of the crack, IV+, 15 m

Pitch 4 - Up directly on steep walls and with more scarce holds to a terrace, V, 25 m

Pitch 5 - Climb the overhang above the stop. Eventually iot's possible to avoid it on the right and reach the terrace above. To the left climb a slab, then a chimney to the right getting the stop at the top IV, IV +, V- the overhang, 30 m



Summer fogs wandering amongst the spires
Summer fogs wandering amongst the spires - Photo Silvia Mazzani


Descent - With 3 abseils directly along the route (needing 2x60 mt ropes). Be careful not to move stones. Once at the bottom, reverse the same itinerary taken during the approach.

Red Tape

No permits required, no fees.

When to Climb

Chimney-crack on the route Antonella, Soglio Sandri Menti
Chimney-crack on the route Antonella
Route Antonella, Soglio Sandri-Menti
Route Antonella
A climber on Soglio dell'Inferno seen from Antonella, Soglio Sandri-Menti
A climber on Soglio dell'Inferno









The best seasons to climb and hike goes from May to October-November

Where to stay

Campogrosso and the Carega group
Rif. Giuriolo and Campogrosso with the Carega

- Rifugio Toni Giuriolo m. 1456 - Passo Campogrosso m. 1456 - Phone +39044575030





Rifugio a la Guardia
Rifugio alla Guardia in winter

- Rifugio Alla Guardia  - Phone +39044575257

Bibliography

 

Soglio Sandri-Menti map

 

"Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni - Arrampicate scelte" Guido Casarotto - An updated and complete selection of the best climbing routes in Little Dolomites, Ed. Cierre 2015

“Piccole Dolomiti – Pasubio” Gianni Pieropan - Collana Guide dei Monti d’Italia, CAI TCI

“Arrampicate nelle Piccole Dolomiti” Guido Casarotto

Pasubio-Carega 1:25.000

Meteo Forecast

Dolomiti Meteo








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