Walkway on Sacrario Militare del Monte Grappa
Looking towards observation tower from la Madonna del Grappa.
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Mama Mia, that is some monster climb!!!! This is the least traveled of the 11 Brevetto del Grappa routes up Monte Grappa, and for darn good reason! First, this brute is not paved. Second, this is not just a gravel and dirt road, there are some rocks and stair-step sections to get up and over on the trail. Finally, it is very Steeeeeeeeeeppppppp at 11.5% average grade for the first 5 miles / 8 km. You must use a mountain bike or gravel bike with wide tires for this climb.
However, we are very glad we accepted the challenge of the “bonus climb” of the Bretto del Grappa (#11 on the list). The location of the start is at Santuario Del Covolo and we are soon on a very rugged rock and dirt road that takes us 5 miles to Rifugio Ardosetta (on SP 141 from Fietta, Possagno, Cavaso del Tomba, Pederobba and Alano). We cross SP 141 and travel on dirt and gravel 1 mile / 1.6 km to our intersection with SP 140 from Semonzo, turn right onto SP 140 and ride on pavement the remaining mile / 1.6 km to Cima Grappa.
There is a higher concentration of switchbacks on Crespano than any other Monte Grappa Climb - 25 in the first 2 miles / 3.2 km and 36 in the first 5 miles / 8 km.
Santuario Del Covolo
The gravel begins soon after the start
Views to the south towards Crespano del Grappa
Many hiking trails intersect our route
That’s where we trying to get!
Roadway cut into mountain upper left.
On pavement at mile 5 / km 8 (Rifugio Ardosetta)
Back to the gravel/dirt for a mile/1.6 km
Our 1 mile/1.6 km second gravel/dirt section
All 11 routes up Monte Grappa ultimately connect. At mile 5/km 8 we cross SP 141 (western routes of Fieta, Possagno, Cavaso del Tomba, Pederobba and Alano); after crossing SP 141 and travelling another mile/1.6 km on dirt, we merge onto SP 140 at mile 6/km 9.6 and finally onto SP 148 at .4 miles .6 km from the Cima Grappa.
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.
Monument to the partisans and to the resistance - WW I
Monte Grappa Sacrario di Cima Grappa
Museum below Sacrario di Cima Grappa
Crespano was Brevetto del Grappa climb #11 in 6 days for us - all Journey Book stamps secured
Rifugio at the top of the climb.
Our completed Brevetto Monte Grappa card
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