Gino Rainetto Bivouac
Description of the route
Altitude: 3,047 m
Location: Petit Mont-Blanc
Sleeping places: 9
Open: always open
Trail sign: 14
Ascent: 4h from La Visaille
Coordinates UTM- WGS84: EAST 332186
Coordinates UTM- WGS84: NORTH 5072693
The bivouac, inaugurated on 2nd August 1964 and named Giovane Montagna bivouac, was dedicated in 1972 to the memory of Gino Rainetto (1927-1971), who died in a ski mountaineering tour to Croix de Chaligne, Great Saint Bernard valley.
From La Visaille carry on along the road until you come to Lake Combal and from here head towards the moraine of the Miage glacier, where there is the refuge Cabane du Combal (1970 m).
Carry on to the left on the path n. 14, climbing diagonally on steep, grassy slopes with debris.
Carry on up towards the basin between Mont Tseuc and the Aiguille de Combal and cross the stream. The path continues with a steep climb entering a gravelling valley. Be careful not to make stones falling on the part of the path below. Depending on the season, it is possible to find snowfields. Then the slope decreases and some cairns show the right direction. Carry on upwards crossing some snowfields and pass the steep rocks that lead to the rocky shoulder where the bivouac stands.
Equipment: blankets, melting water.