Mt Corno Grande Direttissima Route:
Here we are at last: one of the classic Gran Sasso trekking! The Mt Corno Grande Direttissima Route is a very suggestive and fun route from the Astronomical Observatory of Campo Imperatore and extends between morainic fields, boulders and rocky walls. The route is getting more and more challenging starting from the initial warming miles that approach the Mt. Aquila summit that looks north.
Once on the top, the trail continues straight up to a massive boulder marking the road at the beginning of the climb amidst a large sow divided by many species of rare species including the Edelweiss (commonly known as the Alpine Star); here and there you can also see flocks of chamois or eagles passing through. The path is signed as a green triangle and proceeds almost directly directly to the vertex. Take a moment to look around because here is the best place to get close and personal with Mt Corno Grande and dress up with the helmets (its good practice to wear it due to the possible fall of small rocks and dirt from those who are coming before you! ).
The Mt Corno Grande Direttissima Route is not particularly difficult, but like any other passage, it's best to proceed slowly and safely through the canals and rock walls: the safety rope is an advantage and definitely not necessary, but sometimes it is best to practice here another more difficult step so we lined up and ran a beautiful roped party in the toughest part of climbing on a ridge of sharp rock blades that reach a nice stopping point to rest a bit!
Once on the balcony the fun has just started! Small canals sculpted by thousands of years of raining are very easy to climb and keep focused on the surface of the rock will pass the time quickly leaving a satisfied smile on your face. Usually during the summer this route should be started from the morning because the highly reflective rocky surfaces and the scorching sun can quickly drain your forces .. so do not be lazy and set the alarm around 5:00 which is the way best to enjoy the whole hike!
Just 500 meters from the Eastern Summit you will finally be out of the canals and shelves of the south face of the Big Horn and you will be able to turn a little and see what is actually the great landscape you are. Looking north and lower you will see the famous Bivacco Bafile and the infinite beech forests scattered almost everywhere around the mountains. Its time to reach the final line and reach the cross: during the summer it is not a lonely race, dozens of people are already on the top and rest, it is a quiet and unusual sight for the mountains of Abruzzo where people are rarely visible in large groups!
The view from here is as wonderful as usual and during clear days you can observe distant places like the Adriatic Sea and the Campotosto lake! The highlands of Campo Imperatore with huge scars made by floods and temporary floods, tracing thousands of hills and more. The Mt. Corno Piccolo is one of the prominent peaks in the area and will be one of our next mountaineering trails in the coming weeks!
Resting for a while and it's time to go home, this time straight from the Normale route, which is simpler and longer than the Mt Corno Grande Direttissima Route we previously walked by. Good news for our damages! The ridges represent our best way to go back around the 2 tops of the Big Horn and where you can admire the remains of the Calderone Glacier. Once the Mt. Corno Grande and Mt. Corno Piccolo passes, the road becomes really easy but still dangerous for the rocky slopes until the last stretch of the trail brings us back to the Hotel and the Car. 8 hours of return trip spent in the best way !!