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Tuscany Villa Holiday - Mountain Walk Detail

Monte Pisanino from Rifugio Val Serenaia

(Anybody choosing to follow this walk does so at their own risk and is entirely responsible for their own safety)

 

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Main Roads
Minor Roads
One-Way Journey Time

19 mi E on SS63 and then SS445 to Casola
9 mi S through Minucciano to Rif Val Serenaia
1:00 hours

Tuscany North Book
Bocchi Book
Map details

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Walk 1, Page 30
Carta del Sentieri e Rifugio No. 101/102

 

Recommended Route Description

 

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Overview
The Recommended Route is exactly as Bocchi. It is a clockwise circuit directly from Rifugio Val Serenaia. At 1947 metres Monte Pisanino is the highest of the Apuane mountains and, from the SW appears largely grassy-sided.

However, the summit sits on top of a very narrow and prolonged ridge and therefore the middle section of this walk is very exposed (similar to Crib Goch). There are also a couple of short sections requiring low grade, easy scrambling.

This walk should not be attempted after or during wet weather. Both the grass and the limestone are very slippy when wet.

Detail
There are no mapped footpaths over the Pisanino Ridge although there are reasonably clear paths on the ground. Ascend NE from the refuge, initially following the left bank of a small gulley, and then zig-zag Blue 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
 
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Turn R to climb this ridge Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos which is increasingly narrow  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  & very exposed  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  but remains largely grassy Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos as far as the false summit of Bagola Blanca (2.0 miles). Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos

From here a short descent and re-ascent Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos gives access to the main ridge, Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos which in turn leads to Pisanino's summit. Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos This rocky ridge is very narrow and severely exposed on both sides. It is largely walkable but for many the reassurance of  'hands on rock' may prove essential at times. Blue 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
 
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The spacious summit plateau Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos has wonderful 360* views Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos over much of the Apuane Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos and is an ideal spot for lunch. Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos

From the summit descend steeply, Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos initially on the S ridge, Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  but then via a gulley Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos on the W side of this ridge,  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos to Foce Altare on the S side (1.0 miles from the summit). This is also a perfect spot for a somewhat later lunch  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. This descent route is marked with blue paint splashes.

From Foce Altare, descend round the E side of Pizzo Maggiore Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos and across Rio Rondegno before ascending again to Foce di Cardeto (1.0 miles). This section involves walking Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos rather than scrambling but crosses a number of sloping slabs Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos which can be slippy when wet. Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos

From Foce di Cardeto Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  the descent NW down the valley  Blue 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
 
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Statistic Recommended Route Variation 1- Minimises Exposure Variation 2
Walk Style Circular Out & Back  

Height Profile
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Walk Description

As Above

Use the descent of the recommended route for both the ascent and descent.

Monte Pisaninino's summmit can be reached with less exposure but a slight increase in distance

 
Walk Start Rifugio Val Serenaia Rifugio Val Serenaia  

Paths Used

Ascent(E), Ridge(EE+), Descent(E), 178(E) Ascent(E), Ridge(EE+), Descent(E), 178(E)  
Walk Grade EE+ E/EE  
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) 1500m from Bagola Blanca to Foce Altare Small section on ridge (30 m)  
Scramble/VFGrade EE+ and EE EE  
Maximum Height (metres) 1947 1947  
Flat Speed (mph) 1.5 1.7  
Walk Distance (miles) 6.6 8.0  
Walk Ascent (metres) 986 1086  
Walk Time 6:00 6:24  
Rest Recommendation Lunch on summit of Pisanino Lunch on summit of Pisanino  
Rest Time 1:00 1:00  
Total Hill Time 7:00 7:24  
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 9:00 9:24  
Leave Papavero @ 08:30 08:30  
Return to Papavero @ 17:30 17:54  

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