Palestra di roccia naturale - Monte Sarezza
CLIMB OF THE NORTH WEST SECTOR OF MOUNT SAREZZA .
It can be reached in the summer getting from Champoluc to Ostafa, on foot or by cableway or chair lift. From here, on foot, in little more than a half hour you can get to its base by going around the slopes of Mount Farezza from the West. For those who start from Crest it is necessary little more than one hour walk, while those who start from Champoluc will have to estimate about one hour and forty minutes.
It is a big and very esthetic edge with beautiful sheer-rocks on its sides. Its routes have to be considered high mountain paths, therefore, all the necessary precautions must be taken. Helmet, pitons, a hammer to check out the protections on the spot and cold-proof clothes will be very useful. Those who own a mobile phone ought to know that it is generally possible to get through in the last stretches of the ways. There are paths with 10 mm spit nails and a traditionally nailed one with some spit nailed spots.
Pterodactyle path, opened up by E. and Y. Lettry, 180 meters. TD difficulty around 5c.
Edge of the Sarezza opened up by O. Frachey and G. Pasteris – 250 meters. D difficulty max 5b.
Castugnet path, opened up by E.,Y. Lettry and F. Spataro, 250 meters. TD+ difficulty around 6a, with some 6a+ stretches.
Voie des ancêtres (Forefathers’ Way) – opened up by E. Lettry and R. Zanon – 200 meters TD difficulty around 5c. The mentioned paths are all above the height of 2,200 meters.
It is a reddish ribbing about 200 meters high. Its routes have to be considered high mountain paths, therefore, all the necessary precautions must be taken. For mobile phone owners, please notice that in case of necessity it is generally possible to get through anywhere in this sector. There are two ways with 10 mm. spit nails. The period in which one can climb on them goes from February to November in exceptional seasons, but usually from April to October. The paths, in some points, cross old ways of Oliviero Frachey and his companions. Rouge et Noir path, opened up by E. Y. Lettry, 180 meters D+ difficulty around 5b with 1 stretch 6a+ or AO. Pòuie et neige path, opened by E. Lettry and F. Spataro, 200 meters. TD maximum difficulty 6b and usually around 5b. It is always advisable to ask for information to an Alpine Guide.