Adula - Rheinwaldhorn

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Date: 9 August 2010
Maximum height: 3402.2 m
Difference in height: 1770 m
Length: 24.8 km
Kilometers effort: 48.4 kmef
Duration: 10 hours and 20 minutes
Huts reached: Capanna Adula UTOE
Capanna Adula CAS


SAC-CAS hiking scale Dalla Diga di Compietto fino alla Cappella di Termine.
SAC-CAS hiking scale Dalla Cappella di Termine fino alla Capanna Adula UTOE e poi fino a quota 2642 metri.
SAC-CAS hiking scale Da quota 2642 metri fino all'inizio del ghiacciaio (quota 3000 metri circa) con passaggio T4 a quota 2700 metri.
SAC-CAS hiking scale Dall'inizio del ghiacciaio fino in vetta (o meglio F per via del ghiacciaio).

Comment (Automatic translation in english)

This hike starts at the Compietto Dam, where there is a car park just before the barrier. If the car park is full there is another one a little further down.
From the dam, continue on foot along the dirt road that crosses the entire Carassino Valley to the Termine Chapel. Here you can descend for a moment to the Capanna Adula CAS, or ascend directly to the Capanna Adula UTOE, along a well-marked but rather steep path. Past the hut, continue to the beginning of the moraine, where you meet the path coming from the Passo del Laghetto. Once past the fork, the red and white signs disappear, but the path is still clearly visible. We thus reach an altitude of 2700 metres, where there is a short, more difficult passage (T4) that leads us to the plateau above.
On reaching an altitude of 2,800 metres, the path gradually begins to disappear, but is replaced by numerous stone cairns, which first point towards the Cima della Negra and then slowly turn towards the glacier, which is reached at around 3,000 metres. Here, crampons are donned and the ascent begins, along snow-covered slopes, towards the summit, which is listed at 3253 metres. When you get close to it, turn almost southwards and continue under the ridge, paying attention to the material released by the latter, until you reach below the Adulajoch. Here there is the famous crevasse, which is, however, still fairly closed at this time and does not oblige hikers to make the long jump. Once over this, you climb a little further and reach the crevasse at an altitude of around 3300 metres. At this point, the route continues on the Graubünden side and the last 100 metres are climbed either over ice or rock to the summit.
If taken in the right period, the glacier does not pose any particular problems. In fact, at this time of year, there is no more snow at the bottom of the trail, but at the same time the glacier has not yet melted, which makes it easier to ascend. There is also an easy track across the glacier and the crevasse below the Adulajoch is not yet open.
As far as water is concerned, there is only the river with its numerous tributaries in Val Carassino. Then going up towards the Adula UTOE Hut there is still a river and finally in front of it there is a fountain. Climbing further up, you come to a stream at an altitude of around 2940 metres, which may, however, be covered by snow if you ascend too early. From here to the summit there is only snow from the glacier.

Map of the Path

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Comments (2)

3 August 2020 - 11:13
Grazie per il consiglio, ho provveduto ad aggiungere l'altezza nelle informazioni della gita.
3 August 2020 - 08:51
Bellissimo sito che offre molti spunti per fantastiche escursioni.
Un solo appunto: se la meta è una cima metta sempre la quota. Adula 3402 m.
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Val Carassino

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  • Panorama dalla Capanna Adula UTOE
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  • Adula
  • Ghiacciaio dell'Adula
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  • Capanna Adula CAS
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