Crossings to other refuges:
  • To the Soria refuge(1840 m.), tel. 0171 97 83 82, over the colle di Fenestrelle (2463 m), difficulty E, 3.00 hrs.

  • To the Morelli refuge(2430 m.), tel.0171 97 394 over the colle di Chiapous (2526 m), difficulty E, 3.30 hrs.

  • To the Remondino refuge(2430 m.), tel. 0171 97 327, over the passo di Brocan , (2892 m.) difficulty E, 4.00 hrs.

  • To the Cougourde refuge(2090 m.), tel. 0033 493 03 26 00 over the colle della Rovina (2724 m.) difficulty EE, 4.30 hrs.

Main peaks around the refuge:

  • Cima Sud dell’Argentera (3297 m.): the highest peak in the range, magnificent views, 5.00 hrs, difficulty PD-, exposed stretch after the passo dei Detriti.

  • Cima Nord dell’Argentera (3286 m.): reached by crossing the altopiano del Baus, 5.00 hrs, majestic surroundings, difficulty F.

  • Cima dell’Agnel (2927 m.): via the bassa dell’Agnel, 3.30 hrs, a worthwhile peak on the Italy-France border, early in the season there may be snow on the route.

  • Cima Brocan (3054 m.): by the south-east gully or the north ridge, depending on snow cover, 4.00 hrs, difficulty PD.

  • Il Baus (3067 m.): from the altopiano del Baus, 4.00 hrs, another magnificent view-point over the valley.

  • Punta Ciamberline (2792 m.): 3.00 hrs, enjoyable outing to a peak that poses few problems.

  • Cima della Valletta scura (2862 m.): over the colle della Rovina, 4.00 hrs, few technical difficulties, panoramic.
Climbs on classic routes:

There are numerous classic climbs, because of current climbing trends they are not much used. Some are mentioned here, for a full list and descriptions see the bibliography.

  • Cima del Baus, Torre Patrizia, Sperone della solitudine, 700 m. , D+: very nice route, one of the most interesting climbs in the Maritime Alps, opened in 1979 partially equipped.

  • Cima del Baus, Sperone Silvia, 400 m., difficulty TD: great route, more difficult than the former, it leads into the easier Sperone Bruna in the upper part.

  • Cima nord dell’Argentera, east ridge, 350 m., difficulty D: opened by S. Savio in 1977 an interesting alternative to the normal route to the cima Nord.

Modern climbs:

On the path to the Genova refuge you will pass below several routes. They are one or two lengths and range from 5+ to 6°b.

La falaise del Genova:

A few minutes from the refuge a crag that was bolted by Cesare Ravaschietto an excellent area for training in safety or for children on their first approach to climbing.

Bouldering:

Plenty of good rocks in the grass around the refuge are well suited to this ever more popular activity.

Snow gullies, sci alpinismo:

  • Cima dell’Agnel (2927 m.), west gully, difficulty AD-: good climb normally best in May and June, according to snow conditions and refuge accessibility, currently popular with many skiers. .

  • Cima di Brocan (3054 m.), east gully, difficulty AD-: interesting, seek information regarding snow conditions beforehand.

Bibliography:
  • E. Montagna, L. Montaldo, F. Salesi, Alpi Marittime, Volume II, CAI-TCI, Milano 1990.
  • E. Montagna, L. Montaldo, F. Salesi, Alpi Marittime, Volume I, CAI-TCI, Milano 1984.
  • A. Gogna, La Valle Gesso, Tamari Editori, Bologna 1975.
  • Michel Dufranc, Massif de l’Argentera, CAF Alpes-Maritimes, Nice 1970.
  • AA.VV., La guida del Parco Alpi Marittime, Blu Edizioni, Peveragno 2000.
Maps:
  • IGM, Carta d’Italia, 1:100.000 f. 90 Demonte.
  • IGM, Carta d’Italia, 1:25.000 S. Anna di Valdieri,Entracque, Ciriegia.
  • IGC, Carta 1:50.000 f. 8 Alpi Marittime e Liguri.
  • Parco Alpi Marittime, Cartoguida 1:25.000
  • Didier et Richard, Carte 1:50.000, Haut Pays Nicois.