Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Length: 14.3 miles (23 km) from starting point at Quintino Alto @ Monterosso.
Duration: 6 hours total: 4 hours before lunch at Antichi Sapori in Sorisole and then 2 hours after lunch.
Elevation: Total elevation gain 4,689 feet. Max elevation 3,622 feet. Min elevation 843 feet.
Location: Parco di Colli di Bergamo, Bergamo, Province of Bergamo
The last hike of 2015 took us from the historic Bergamo city center to the top of a nearby peak, Canto Alto (3,760 ft or 1,146 m), part of the Bergamasque Prealps. The Parco di Colli di Bergamo provides a good opportunity to do this kind of hike because it includes 18 square miles of mixed town and country around Bergamo and the the surrounding communities of Almé, Bergamo, Mozzo, Paladina, Ponteranica, Ranica, Sorisole, Torre Boldone, Valbrembo, and Villa d'Almé.
To start this hike, we took a the number 6 (ATB) bus to Quntino Alto to cut off 3 km of city walking and start fresh on the trail sentiero 533. But, we did walk all the way back to the center of Bergamo. Once on the trail, follow the red and white signs and chart your own way. There is always more way than one to get somewhere. We plotted our hike around lunch in Sorisole at the wonderful Trattoria Antichi Sapori. 10 euro lunch with several courses, a good deal.
The hiking tally for 2015 is 11 hikes and 127 miles.
Left: Start of sentiero 533. It starts steep. Middle: Winter trail near Forcella del sorriso. Right: Unexpected splah of color on the trail.
Left: Sentiero 533 leads to Croce dei morti; Center: At Forcella del sorriso (“saddle of the smile”); Right: A man takes a motorcyle up sentiero 220. Woah.
Left: Walking down from Canto Alto. Right: Crocus and brown leaves.
Other views of the hike route. Route was done counterclockwise in images shown, starting in Quntino Alto and ending in Bergamo centro.
Left: Signage on sentiero 220. Right: Canto Alto cross.
Left: View north from Canto Alto; Right: View north from Via alla Porta San Lorenzo looking toward Canto Alto.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Left: View toward Monte Viso from Cima Pigna. Right: Trail route from Rastello to Cima Pigna, we went in a clockwise direction. The other red line is previous day hike in Valle Pesio.
Hike NotesLength: 12 miles (19.3 km)
Duration: About 6 hours, with a little rest time near Rifugio S. Comino.
Elevation: Total elevation gain 5,265 feet (1,605 m), started at 2,485 feet (757 m) @ Rastello, max elevation 6,154 feet (1,876 m) @ Cima Pigna.
Location: Valle Ellero, Province of Cuneo, Piemonte
Other information if you are thinking about a hike in this area:
- The hike described here is just outside the Parco Marguareis eastern border.
- You can see trails for this area from this Provincia di Cuneo mapping application. Drill in to the area of interest.
- This hike is at the edge of what is also called the Pian Marchisio. For more serious hikes for better weather, see Cuneo 360 Itinerari.
- You can download detailed maps from the site for Piemonte Regional geographic data.
- This article describes the origin of the villages of Rastello as coming from words meaning fence.
Left: Le Vie della Raschera map, Comune di Roccaforte Mondovìi. Right: Hike route (in blue) shown on a map generated from the Provincia di Cuneo Sentieri Alpini mapping application.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Hike NotesLength: 5 miles (8 km)
Duration: About 2.5 hours.
Location: Valle Pesio, Province of Cuneo, Piemonte
OverviewOn our previous trip to Piemonte in 2013, one of our hosts suggested a trip to Pis del Pesio. We didn't make it there, but the name stuck in my head and I was determined to see it this time even if it was the middle of winter. Well, sort of winter. It's been unusually warm here and very little snow, therefore when a free day came up during our Christmas visit to relative, we decided to take a look.
We drove up to Rifugio Pian dell Gorre part of the Parco Marguareis (www.parcomarguareis.it).
For resources about hiking in this area, see the post Valle Ellero, Rastello to Cima Pigna Hike.
Left: Giro del Marguareis map. Right: Parco Naturale del Marguareis map.
Left and Center: Signage for Cascata del Pis and the H10 trail. Right: Description Pis del Pesio.
Gias Fontana. "gias" comes from giaciglio, a place for animals in Occitan language the Dizionario escursionistico - alpinistico - valdostano.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Here are two last bits of Seattle graffiti and street art -- at least for a while -- before we head off to Italy for a while. We snapped these photos from a car speeding around town frantically getting for our departure.
We covered this lot near the corner of Eastlake Ave E and Harvard Ave E before in Street Art in an Abandoned Lot. I suppose when we return to Seattle, a building will have be occupying the lot.
This shot was taken on Dexter Ave N where development is in full swing. Appropriately, the artist chose the Notice of Proposed Land Use Action sign as the canvas.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Left: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (2013) by Rone; Right: "Capax Infiniti" (2014) by Faith47. Located @ SW12th and Washington in Portland. We were in Portland for one day and as we were heading to the Mark Spencer, we saw these two great pieces.
Other Portland shots. Left: "Buy the Lie" sidewalk stencil on SE Division St. (cross street SE 30th Ave) Center: Portland Central Library dome. Right: Collaboration between Troy Lovegates and Paige Wright @412 SW 12th Avenue.