Sunday, September 14th:
Sunday, September 14th 2014 – The hiking group is 4 years old this week! Quite some time has passed, since a group of teachers/engineers/researchers from Canada/USA/India/Finland/Austria/Italy gathered on a regional train to Sestri Levante, back in September of 2010, to hike to Punta Manara. 97 hikes and 1500 subscribers later, let’s celebrate the anniversary this Sunday, by hiking in Levanto to the peak of Mt Rossola.
Veterans of the group may well know this mountain, because its silent and barren peak yields a wonderful 360 degree view over the riviera. However, those who came here two years ago may remember this as the most terrific and terrifying hike up to date: in fact, a shower of lightning bolts coming from all directions surprised us, right when we reached the peak, and scared the bejesus out of us. This is also the hike that spawned a 5 minute movie (courtesy of Leda and “rain-bringer” Marco): you may still watch it on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwRRAMnmxBs
This Sunday, we won’t need to worry about the weather, as the forecast promises sunshine. Even better, the trail that leads down to Bonassola has recently been cleaned, meaning that we won’t need to go back the same way, but can hike down to Scernio and then Bonassola.
Hike is labelled as E (medium), has a vertical gain of 600 metres and takes around 4 hours. According to one website, the descent to Scernio may be rated as high as “EE” (hard), because of it being a bit steep. Hiking shoes and/or hiking poles are then recommended, as they can help us a great deal during the way down.
By 5:00 pm we’ll likely be in Bonassola, where it should be feasible to have a swim in the sea. In order to have more swimming time, this time I would ask you to bring lunch with you, so that we can start hiking right after meeting at Levanto station (I know, it’s a crime not to stop for the gattafin pastries in Levanto; on the other hand, near the peak of Mt Rossola there’s a nice bar serving some tasty cakes)
How to get to Levanto, and how to come back alive:
Let’s meet at the train station of Levanto, at 11:00 am.
Recommended trains are:
* if you travel eastwards
IC 1533: Genova Piazza Principe 09:47 (Genova Brignole 09:58) Levanto 10:58
REG 11251: Genova Piazza Principe 08:35 (Genova Brignole 08:48) Sestri Levante 10:09
REG 24505: Sestri Levante 10:35 Levanto 10:59
* if you travel westwards
REG 24488: La Spezia Centrale 10:06 Levanto 10:34
REG 1812: La Spezia Centrale 10:10 – Levanto 10:40
* if you travel southwards:
IC 1533: Milano Centrale 08:10 – Levanto 10:58
Return will be from Bonassola station, around 6pm.
(*) For those who are catching IC trains:
If you’re younger than 26 (included) or older than 60 (included), remember that you’re entitled to a 20% discount. However, you must first signup for the Cartafreccia card. Since the card is free and registration can be comfortably done online, you should definitely consider getting it
More about Mt Rossola:
- http://www.piediliberi.it/870-la-“montagna-sacra”-di-levanto/ (in Italian)
– http://www.genova.dlf.it/escursionisti/SCHEDE/rossola.htm (in Italian)
– http://www.azimutclub.eu/01%20-%20ATTIVITA’%20AZIMUT%20-%20Archivio/2012/Schede%20trekking,%20ciclo%20e%20viaggi%202012/2012.03.25%20-%20Il%20Monte%20Rossola%20in%20Liguria%20(Sp).pdf (the map)
As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (for example, at +39 329 7203364)