Scopi e Pizzo del Corvo

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Date: 6 July 2022
Maximum height: 3190 m
Difference in height: 1420 m
Length: 15.3 km
Kilometers effort: 34.2 kmef
Duration: 9 hours

Difficulties (Automatic translation in english)

SAC-CAS hiking scale From the Passo del Lucomagno up to the altitude of 2953 metres (with some T2+ passages).
SAC-CAS hiking scale From the elevation of 2953 metres to the summit of Scopi (with some T3+ passages).
SAC-CAS hiking scale The traverse goes from an altitude of 3070 metres to the south ridge of Scopi (200 metres in length).
SAC-CAS hiking scale The entire ridge to Pizzo del Corvo and then to the summit Q2831 (1 passage T4 90 metres south of the summit Q3084).
SAC-CAS hiking scale From the summit quoted 2831 metres to the altitude of approximately 2600 metres.
SAC-CAS hiking scale From the altitude of 2600 metres to the path coming from the Alpe di Bovarina, before the Gana Negra Pass.
SAC-CAS hiking scale From the Gana Negra Pass to the Lukmanier Pass.

Comment (Automatic translation in english)

I had wanted to climb Pizzo del Corvo for a while, a relatively easy three-thousand metre peak that I had missed. I decide to reach it starting from the Passo del Lucomagno by following the path up to the Scopi. While I'm there, I'll also make a detour up the latter, since I haven't been back there since 2011.
I start walking from the pass northwards, along the dirt road that runs above the tunnel. Having reached the point at an altitude of 1970 metres, I take the path that climbs to the right. Up to an altitude of 2500 metres its slope is fairly regular and one climbs it without too much effort. Then the next 100 metres are a little steeper but never difficult. Afterwards, the path becomes easy again until an altitude of around 3100 metres. At that point, the path crosses a somewhat rocky area where one must pay a little more attention.
On the summit there is a military installation with a radar whose purpose is to monitor Swiss airspace. In the midst of all the infrastructure one hardly notices the presence of the cross inside which is the summit book. Today I am lucky because, unlike in 2011, the sky is clear and I can admire the surrounding panorama.
After my lunch break, I go back down the path to an altitude of 3070 metres, where I find a gully that allows me to descend to the south-west face of Scopi. At that point I cross a slope full of scree, but it holds my weight well and does not slide down into the valley as I had expected at first. I thus reach the wide south ridge of the mountain, which easily leads me to the summit at 3084 metres. I then start to descend on the other side for about twenty metres until I reach a rocky drop that I pass thanks to a small gully slightly to the left (T4). I then continue to follow the ridge until I reach Pizzo del Corvo. This summit is peculiar because it does not have a single metre of prominence in relation to the ridge and you only realise you have reached it thanks to the satellite navigator and the small stone cairn built almost on the exact spot.
After a short break, I begin to follow the ridge again, which now descends to the east, until I reach the Punta del Corvo, not to be confused with the previous peak. At this point I descend into Val di Campo along a fairly steep and treacherous grassy slope, due to the slippery grass, with the intention of reaching Passo di Gana Negra. In order not to lose altitude unnecessarily, I decide to make a traverse of over a kilometre along the southern slope of the Punta del Corvo until I reach the path coming from the Alpe di Bovarina. This stretch turned out to be the most tiring of the whole trip and with hindsight I think I would have done better to descend immediately to the bottom of Val di Campo, even at the cost of losing a little altitude.
Having reached the Passo di Gana Negra I finally descend to the Passo del Lucomagno where this trip ends.
As for water, there is a fountain near the car park and then nothing more.

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