France - Haute Jura & Ecrins,
- HauteJura NP - StLauren_FucineLeBas_MTB
- Haute Jura NP - Herisson et lacs - MTB
- EcrinsNP - LaBerarde - Ref. Temple des Ecrins - Hike
at Monte Cucco we climbed:
- La torre (2 pitches, 80m, 5c G.Calcagno, A.Grillo 1969.....the first route of finale and still a great logical line)
- Ecnaton 6a+
- Flash Katmandu 6c (2nd go)
- A trad pitoned, routes which i assume it was a mix between "il tetto" and "variante bassa" from Calcagno/Piotti/Grillo 1968.
- Mimi`e Coco` 6a. (1967)
Practically , this area is pretty nice with shade on different walls throughout the day. What sets this area apart is the free camping complete with bathrooms, water and a little pizzeria across the street. moreover, Monte Cucco has more than 250 route to offer.
Finale climbing history lies on this vertical slab. This is a wall of rare beauty and all of the routes, especially the oldest ones are worth climbing. The classical of the classics is "la torre" one of the first routes to be set up in Final. A jump into the past (PS. i had to" rescue" some material from a Swiss couple up there complaining it was NOT a 5c (as he knows them...) in fact i believe it was a 5c or an old style VI grade route.... i love these kicking ass 5c`s.
in Fact, Monte Cucco is the most significant climbing site of the Finale Ligure area where the first attempt to climb took place in the 60ties, where during the 70ies the most logical lines were climbed (and the old pitons are still there) and the place where in the 80ies the most famous routes were created (Frank Zappa etc.).
In summary, Mt. Cucco is a must if passing by in Finale and by trying the routes of different decades is is like having a backdrop into the past of rock climbing in Finale. You can find an up-dated list of the routes with the topo here.
some pics below:
|Le Bains ()3669m) with the Glacier de la Pilatte from the Ref. Temple Des ecrins|
|Tete du Cheret (3161m)|
|Good morning Vénéon Valley|
|truly yours and the Cime De l`Encoula (3448m)|
|Lower Vénéon valley|
|Haute Jura Nat. Park|
|Canada? no Haute jura NP ;-)|
|La Berarde - Ecrins NP|
|Plan du Carrelet - our sleeping place|
|Chardon Valley with the so called Glacier and the snowy pics du Vaccivier. Great skitour area ;-)|
|Le Bans (l) and the Gioberney (r)|
|Ref. Temple Des Ecrins|
|and more mud...|
|dirty boy taking a bat with "la Poderosa"|