Sacrario militare del monte Grappa
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Caupo is the northernmost and longest (17.4 miles / 28 km) route up Monte Grappa. This route may offer the most spectacular views of any of the11 routes up the mountain. The lower portion of the climb involves the inevitable Monte Grappa tornanti and some nice views down at Caupo di Seren from whence we came.
2016 Brevetto del Grappa stamp for Caupo here
1 of 8 tornanti in first 4 miles/6.4 km
Gateway to some incredible views
Looking northeast towards Parco
Nazionale delle Dolomiti Belunesi
We are blessed with some unbelievable and breathtaking views of the southern Dolomites as we ascend. The huge dolomite walls and glacier formed valleys and passes are quite visible both to the northwest and northeast from several vantage points from miles 4-6 (km 6.4-9.6).
Caupo is likely the most spectacular view route of all 11 Monte Grappa ascents.
Caupo is a once in a lifetime climb with memorable views
Caupo/Cismon intersect Seren here 12.6m/20.2km
On our way to merge with Romano (16/25.7)
All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect. At mile/km 11.1/17.9 Cismon enters from the right (west), then Seren from the left (east) at 12.6/20.2, next Romano from the right (south) at 16/25.7 and finally the southern/eastern routes from the right at 17/27.4 (.4/.6 from the top; Semonzo, Crespano, Fietaa, Possagno, Cavaso del Tomba, Pederobba and Alano).
As with all routes up Monte Grappa, there are monuments and/or remnants of WW I and WW II (to a lesser degree) along this way:
WW I and II Memorial in Caupo dis Seren (start)
Memorial to the Patriots and Resistance near top
Alll 11 Monte Grappa routes end at the Rifugio Bassano a Cima Grappa which is a cafe with many outside chairs and tables and is frequented by many cyclists each day - this is a very popular Italian cycling destination. The Rifugio is just below the Sacrario del Monte Grappa which is a monumental burial site for approximately 20,000 of the Italian and Austrian soldiers who died in battle on the hillsides of Monte Grappa during World War I.
Steps leading to Sacrario militare del monte Grappa
Steps leading down from Sacrario militare del monte Grappa
To the upper parking lot - Rifugio in background.
Walkway on top of Sacrario militare del monte Grappa
PJAMM 6 DAY 11 CLIMB MONTE GRAPPA CHALLENGE
Photos clockwise from top right: 8-27-16 Romano d’Ezzelino + Caupo;
8-28-16 Seren + Cismon; 8-29-16 Semonzo + Possagno
Photos clockwise from top right: 8-30-16 Alano + Fieta;
8-31-16 Pederobba + Cavaso del Tomba; 9-1-16 Crespano