1st Outing: 6 May 2011 - Orso Grigio
Inauguration of the "DoloMitiche" tour with the repetition of the Orso Grigio ("Grey Bear") route to Croz dell'AltissimoCentral Brenta Group (length 800m / diff. 7, A2 / opened by E. Covi and M. Pegoretti in 1989)
On Sunday 8 May we finally inaugurated the "DoloMitiche" tour with the repetition of the Orso Grigio route to Croz dell'Altissimo.
This is a nice route, first climbed by the strong Pegoretti-Covi party in the autumn of 1989, on one of the highest faces in the whole of the Brenta Group.
The relative low altitude and the favourable exposure make it particularly suitable for the beginning of the season, but there are also other reasons why I chose to start right from here.
I met Marco and Edy, both instructors at the Graffer school in Trento, during my first climbing course, about ten years ago, and it seemed nice to come full circle and return some of the passion for climbing and its history that they helped to transmit.
That said, when repeating the Orso Grigio (my climbing companion in this outing was Armando Grisenti, an alpine guide) we were able to ascertain in person the insight and determination of the openers, who established a really sustained route.
One should not be misled by the more or less classic difficulties on paper, since the face characteristics require an often very trying climb through dihedrals and cracks, with the constant presence of grass to complicate things a little. In general, this should be considered a comprehensive route, perhaps little rewarding in some individual sections, but leaving repeaters with the satisfaction of a ride on a great face.
Access: from the town of Andalo, follow the road that goes up from "Maso Ghezzi" to Rifugio la Montanara (first stretch surfaced, then unsurfaced). At Baita Pineta turn left towards Pradel, from where you can continue on foot. The Sat 340 path to Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo runs right along the base of the face. 50min
Return: from the plateaux on the summit move to path 352 which takes you back to Rifugio La Montanara, then follow the ski run, in its final section, down to Pradel.