Rocciamelone

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Rocciamelone
Rocciamelone.jpg
View from Rocca Sella, Italy (1,508 m)
Elevation 3,538 m (11,608 ft)[1]
Prominence 303 m (994 ft)[1]
Parent peak Ouille Mouta (3,565 m)[2]
Listing Alpine mountains above 3000 m
Location
Rocciamelone is located in Alps
Rocciamelone
Rocciamelone
Location in the Alps
Location Piedmont, Italy
Range Graian Alps
Coordinates 45°12′14″N 7°4′38″E / 45.20389°N 7.07722°E / 45.20389; 7.07722Coordinates: 45°12′14″N 7°4′38″E / 45.20389°N 7.07722°E / 45.20389; 7.07722
Climbing
First ascent 1358 by Bonifacius Rotarius
Easiest route Scramble, partly roped path

Rocciamelone (Piemontese: Ròcia-mlon, French: Rochemelon or Roche Melon) is a 3,538 m high mountain in Piedmont, near the border between Italy and France.

Geography[edit]

Statue of the Madonna.

Rocciamelone is located between Val di Susa and Maurienne, 50 km west of Turin.

Its summit is the tripoint where the comunes of Usseglio, Novalesa and Mompantero meet. The international border crosses the Glacier de Rochemelon 1 kilometer north of the summit, making it appear that the border is not following the watershed precisely in this sector. However, the glacier is draped over a ridge that is the true watershed and is precisely followed by the borderline.

SOIUSA classification[edit]

The mountain seen from Foresto (Bussoleno)

According to the SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain can be classified in the following way:[3]

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = North Western Alps
  • section = Graian Alps
  • subsection = Southern Graian Alps
  • supergroup = catena Rocciamelone-Charbonel
  • group = gruppo del Rocciamelone
  • subgroup = nodo del Rocciamelone
  • code = I/B-7.I-A.2.a

History[edit]

The teutonic knight Bonifacius Rotarius (of Asti) made the first ascent of Rochemelon on 1 September 1358, to bring a small metal image of the Holy Virgin as a gesture of gratitude for having survived captivity in the Holy land during a war against the Muslims. [4]

The summit of Rocciamelone is the destination of a traditional pilgrimage, every year, on August 5. A three metre high statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was erected there in 1899.

Access to the summit[edit]

Because of its easy access (the start of the summit trail can be reached in a 90 minute drive from Turin), its considerable height and the renowned panorama, this mountain is one of the most frequented of the western part of the Alps.

Mountain huts[edit]

  • Rifugio Cà d'Asti (2,854 m - Mompantero)
  • Rifugio Ernesto Tazzetti (2,642 - Usseglio)
  • Rifugio Santa Maria (close to the summit)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Géoportail IGN on www.geoportail.fr
  2. ^ key col= Col de la Resta (3,235 m)
  3. ^ Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. p. 134. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8. 
  4. ^ "L'alpinismo? È nato sul Rocciamelone". La Stampa (in Italian). 30 July 2008. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rocciamelone at Wikimedia Commons