Roche Melon

Roche Melon, only thirty miles west of Turin, Italy, was the first high Alpine peak to be either attempted or successfully climbed. The climber, Bonifacius Rotarius of Asti, later built a small chapel on the summit, which still stands today.

Elevation (feet): 11,605
Elevation (meters): 3,538
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Range/Region: Graian Alps
Latitude: 45.5
Longitude: 7.16667
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1358
First successful climber(s): Bonifacius Rotarius
Nearest major airport: Turin, Italy
Convenient Center: Pont, Italy

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 7 trip reports for Roche Melon.

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  • Log #14132 - by Christian Tomassetti on Aug 19, 2002
    This was my second visit to Rocciamelone's summit. We left the car at La Riposa(2205 m). It tooks almost 4 hours 'cause my friend had problem with a foot-tendon. Beautiful sight from the top.
  • Log #14133 - by Edoardo Lando on Feb 07, 2001
    I climb this peak during the maintenance of the shelter (1980)on the top. All the climbers must carry at least 20 - 25 Kg of building material (iron, gravel, cement) tiring but funny and successfully.
  • Log #14134 - by Bart Bos on Aug 29, 2000
    I climbed Rocciamelone from Bessans, on the French side. The climb first involved a long walk (~12 km) through the lovely Vallee du Ribon, then a steep climb on a not-too-clear path towards the...
  • Log #14135 - by Andrea Girardi on Aug 18, 1999
    From La riposa (2205m) to the summit (3538m) it took 1h15m with running equipment. Great panorama from Monviso to Barre des Ecrins and Aguilles d'Arves
  • Log #14136 - by Paolo Turino on July 24, 1999
    Very beautiful mountain, with glacier in the north side. The way to reach the top is easy but so hard. 1400 metres in a fantastic panorama. Today is 100 years party.
  • Log #14137 - by Marco Borello on July 11, 1999
    Bella montagna, non diffile da conquistare, posta nella val di Susa, Piemonte. Per ammirare di pi il luogo, conviene fermarsi a dormire al rifugio CA D'ASTI, 2854 m. Se avete dietro il sacco a pelo...
  • Log #14138 - by Linard Marc on Apr 06, 1999
    Easy ascent, great panorama. It's interesting coming from Bessans, in France, via the Ribon Valley and the col de Novalese. You can go back to Bessans via the Col de l'Autaret and Averole. It's a...