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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 46.234, 9.5821 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Flaherty on Jan 13, 2008
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Description 

The Bergell is an alpine rock climber's paradise on the Swiss/Italian border. The routes are on perfect granite, and range from several hundred feet long to 2,500 feet. Unlike nearly everything else in Europe these days, this is a trad area, with a few museum quality pins and the odd bolted anchor.

The Italian side of the range is more friendly in that it is South-facing, and naturally has less ice and snow. The Swiss side is burlier, with some glaciers, and a lower beginning elevation that makes the routes a bit longer.

The famous route in this area is Via Cassin on the North Face of the Badile, a 25 pitch giant that clocks in at 5.10. For beta and pictures, check out the CosleyHouston.com site.

You can't beat the huts over there for bargain bed and food. Wake up to a giant latte in a bowl, climb 'til you're hammered, and head back for pasta, wine, and maybe an after dinner drink. If you need to sleep in snow caves to be happy, this isn't your cup of grappa. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag liner, earplugs, and a headlamp to be perfectly comfortable at the hut, they even provide the slippers!

The Val di Mello area from which you depart is one of the Euro hotspots for bouldering these days, and there are gobs of crags as well. You could probably spend an entire summer climbing in this place!

A note on translating climbing terms. "Exposed" in English-language climbing tends to mean a feeling of airiness. In local guidebooks, "Expo!" means there is little to no protection. In US terms, it means an R or X rating.

Credit for nearly all these pictures goes to Colin Winter.


Getting There 

Drive North from Milan towards Lecco, before navigating one of the longest road tunnel systems in the world, on to Morbegno before turning off up to San Martino. It's about two hours from Milan to the valley. There are a couple different branches of the valley that access various areas. Best to get a local trail map when you arrive.

The approaches are pretty steep, picking up about 1,000 feet of vertical per mile. The hut we went to was about 4 miles from the trailhead.


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The Nordkante is the obvious ridge on the right.

Nordkante (North Ridge) 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b  Europe : Italy : Bergell
The classic alpine ridge. Lots of roped scrambling punctuated by technical bits. Two 'crux' pitches at c. 1/3 and 2/3 height. Best beta is to hug the ridge as close as possible. Bolts will guide you through the few cruces....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Bergell Slideshow Add Photo
On the Fiamma
On the Fiamma
On Torre Innominata
On Torre Innominata
An overview of some of the walls, from the Italian side.
An overview of some of the walls, from the Italian...
The Sciora group as seen from the Vial
The Sciora group as seen from the Vial
From the top of a route, hut visible below.  It's a thigh-pumper hiking up from that valley!
From the top of a route, hut visible below. It's ...
A view from the approach.
A view from the approach.
The Big Daddy - The Badile from the Italian side.  The famous NE Face is on the left, and drops WAY down into Switzerland.
The Big Daddy - The Badile from the Italian side. ...
A chopper dropping provisions in to the hut.
A chopper dropping provisions in to the hut.
Descending the Fiamma
Descending the Fiamma
Above Albigna
Above Albigna
On Punta Albigna
On Punta Albigna
On Punta Albigna
On Punta Albigna
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