Photo by John Earl Hill
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Milan and Bergamo|
Thanks to Enrico Bestetti for adding this peak.
Grigna Meridionale or Grignetta (m.2177) rises between the Lake of Como and Valsassina near Lecco. It's a rocky dolomite mountain, its slopes are covered with needles and pinnacles with steep gullies and notches, where you may find hundreds of hiking trails and climbing routes from easy to very difficult. The paths go through steep slopes and fixed ropes help you especially with snow. Grignetta is a very popular mountain, destination of many and hikers climbers in every season; it was and it is the home mountain and training place of some word wide famous climbers: Riccardo Cassin and Walter Bonatti. The standard route goes up Cermenati ridge from Piani dei Resinelli, it a steep and rocky path and near the summit some fixed ropes help the hikers (2 hours, 800m.) The panorama from the top is spectacular, you may see Pianura Padana, the lake of Como and the whole Alps from Monviso to Monte Rosa, Cervino, Finsteraarhorn, Badile, Bernina, Cevedale, Adamello and Prealpi Lombarde. Other popular routes to the summit are: Canalone Porta (F, hours 2,30), Sentiero della Direttissima and Cecilia (EE, hours 3,20), Cresta Segantini (II-III, hours 3,30), Traversata Alta (EE, 3 hours) from Grigna Settentrionale top (m.2410). In winter and spring a great attention is required with ice or snow. Torrioni Magnaghi, Sigaro, Fungo, Campaniletto, Torre, Guglia Angelina, Ago Teresita, Punta Giulia are the needles with the best climbing routes.
Thanks to Enrico Bestetti for this description.