Winter climbing in the Orobie Alps / New mixed route in Valle di Trona
In Valle Trona (Val Gerola, Orobie Alps) Cristian Candiotto and Benigno Balatti made the first ascent of Holly, a new climb up Mt. Stanislao. Candiotto provides the report.
At the start of every winter I venture out into my backyard Orobie mountains, a fascinating playground just waiting to be discovered. And this is how I happened to stumble across a fantastic line on the fore-summit of Mount Stanislao peak above Lake Zancone in Valle Trona. I was with a client of mine, and old friend, Attilio, when it sprang into view. I pointed it out to Attilio, who immediately replied "surely you don’t want to take me there?"
"No no, don’t worry, I’ve got just the right partner for this one."
And so two days later legendary Benigno Balatti and I started up this beautiful drip. After almost 3 hours in temperatures down to -12°C we topped out onto the summit plateau, having climbed past some thin mixed sections and up dry, glassy ice. This was our Christmas present.