This cliff rises in front of the village of Sanfront and offers the biggest concentration of routes with technical grades from 4a to 7c+. The rock consists of a type of gneiss that allows a vast array of climbing styles, from slabs with small unevenness over vertical and pendant rocks to pockets and ledges. The optimal orientation of the rock faces allows climbing all year round except for the hottest months. More than 500 routes are situated on the sunny Monte Bracco rock faces which face South and East. The Falesia delle Ninfe, with its golden rock, offers some of the most beautiful climbing in the area. The Bracco Vecchio bouldering area is located immediately above the crag, immersed in an ancient forest, and with its 11 boulders and 90+ problems it is certainly one of the most important areas in the SW Alps.
Monte Bracco is reached by driving up the Po Valley from Saluzzo to Sanfront (18 km). At the roundabout head towards Paesana and then turn off right following signs for Frazione Mombracco. Continue past a few hairpin bends for circa 1.5 km to reach the large car park. Continue on foot, along the tarmacked road, to Rifugio Miravidi. From here a beautiful path leads off right into the chestnut forest; follow this for cica 30 minutes to reach the crag.
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Rifugio - Trattoria Miravidi Via Madonna delle Grazie 15, Località Mombracco - 12030 Sanfront (cn) Tel +39 0175 948835 - +39 0172 93275 - Mobile +39 328 2006709
Monviso Rock Climbing Festival 2012
The Monviso Rock Climbing Festival will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2012. The meeting is open to all those who wish to sample the delights of rock climbing in the Po valley. Click here to find out more.
Falesie del Monviso: 1400 vie in Valle Po e Infernotto by Flavio Parussa, Gianluca Bergese, Franco Giacottino. Graph Art, 2010.
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