This walk has
been designed as a return route after an
overnight stay @ Rifugio Orto di Donna, following the
climbing of Ferrata
on the previous
The route is "point to point" and includes a
ridge scramble and two summits, along with the descent back
to the car park at Biforco above the village of
It is essential to book beds etc. for the
preceding night at Rifugio Orto di Donna which is only open at weekends,
outside of the main summer season.
Telephone +39 347 366 3542.
URL - http://www.rifugialpiapuane.it/rifugio-orto-di-donna/
From Rifugio Orto di Donna re-ascend
yesterday's descent , now south-eastwards to regain the
Contrario ridge at Passo del Pecore, above the Ferrata
From here the Recommended Route
traverses this ridge westwards over three separate tops before
reaching La Forbice, which looks over the Finestra
di Grondilice to the summit of Monte Grondilce.
The intervening tops are all
above 1640m with up and down scrambles between them. The
rock is friable in places so care
is needed in testing holds before relying upon
The grade 1 and grade 2 scrambling is similar to that on Pizzo
d'Uccello and is generally enjoyable, with fantastic views on
both sides of the ridge. If preferred, the more difficult
sections can be avoided by traversing beneath the ridge on its
The final ascent to La Forbice should be made up its
south-east ridge, passing to the right of a group of trees. La
Forbice (the scissors) has two summits, 1773m and 1772m with a
small descent and re-ascent between the two. The west
summit provides excellent views across La Finestra de
Grondilce to Monte Grondilce and the curved ridge continuing
The easiest descent to path 186, below in the Finestra, is on
the south side of the western ridge. From here the return trip
to the summit of Grondilice takes about 30 mins before beginning
the descent back to the valley below.
From beneath Grondilice, descend south-westwards on path 186
for 700m down to a major path junction (5 paths) to
the north-east of Monte Rasore. From here take paths 37/173
westwards for 500m to where these two paths divide.
Turn left onto path 37 (south then south-west) to begin the major part
of this steep descent. The path is heavily zig-zagged to
ease the burden. After 700m you reach a 300
metre section which is very steep and exposed, after
which the descent path turns to the south-east. After
a further mile of more gradual descent it intersects a
quarry road in the valley below.
Turn left onto this dirt road and
then left again after 400m, walking north & north-east for 800m on the
original approach road back up to the car park at Biforco.