+ 550 m
- 1000 m
∧ sect. 40°, 35°/200 m
Mount Cernera is a nice little peak just above the Giau pass.
Its north side offers a steep and technical itinerary which requires stable snow.
From the Giau pass go up to forcella Zonia (summer trail 436) and then down along the opposite steep slope, often icy in the morning. With a long ascending traverse you can reach the base of the rocky cliffs (see the pictures) and start to climb with crampons and ice-axe. The first section is very steep, till a huge open field where you continue towards the summit ridge. With a second steep section you can reach the easier summit ridge and follow it to the summit cross.
The descent follows the climbing route till the bottom of the highest steep section; then follow the ridge (leaving the climbing traks on the right) and climbing up few meters. Traverse high above a rocky cliff and reach a open and steep valley perfect for long turns. At the bottom traverse right to the opposite side of the main valley and follow it down in the forest till a little road which arrives at the Giau pass road near the tunnels (10° tornante, 1699m). Here is better to have a second car.
Gear: ice-axe, crampons and rope
Other pictures of the itinerary
The itinerary with the climb in red and the descent in green (B: climbing alternative):