this is both a Mountain and a Route page
as for this structure belongs to a "ridge" of a real mountain we can consider it not a separate summit.
This very strange looking tower is one of the most frequented summits of the "Grignetta" pillars.
A real test for climbers
On its summit a bell that must be ringed by the ones who climb it the first time,
but be gentle: it gives a very strong sound
Starting from Piano dei Resinelli follow the road till Rifugio Porta.
Follow the path "Direttissima" (mark 8) till the Rifugio Rosalba (1730m) - 2h
Once here you must go down along the "sentiero delle foppe" (mark 9) and in 10 minutes you get the starting point of the route
Route Description : Gandini
120m drop, one of the finest route of the group, technical, delicate climb, wonderful rock, 6 short pitches - 3-4 hours - not to be underestimated ...
|Starting point is on some grey rocks to get a crack.|
Along the crack (30m) till the first belay (4°/5°)
On for 12m till a not comfortable belay point (4°-)
Third pitch starts with 2 pegs and , after the key passage (6°) go on the straight till you get 3 pegs (5°/A1) and on to a belay on pegs.
Straght along till a ledge, cross to left to a dihedral to be climbed for some metres than cross to the right till a very small terrace (4°/5°/5°+)
Now you can go on directly to the summit (5°) - 25 m (rock non fantastic here) or cross to the right (3°) to get the ending small wall (4°)
|Coming down requires a rappel toward the small saddle between Torrione Cinquantenario and Torre Cecilia (the big tower on the East)|
Now the best choice is going on to the summit of Torre Cecilia along the SO edge (spigolo Marimonti - another classic route of the group)
Difficulties 3° and 4°: a relaxing climb
Coming down from Torre Cecilia is along the N wall, short and easy (2° and 3°)
|2°||PD||3 - 4|
|3°inf - 3° - 3° sup||AD||5 - 5.2|
|4° inf - 4° - 4° sup||D||5.3 - 5.5|
|5° inf - 5° - 5° sup||TD||5.6 - 5.8|
|6° inf - 6° - 6° sup||ED||5.9 - 5.11|
|7°||EX||5.11a - 5.11b|