Monte Leone

Elevation (feet): 11,657
Elevation (meters): 3,553
Continent: Europe
Country: Italy/Switzerland
Range/Region: Lepontine Alps
Latitude: 46.249722
Longitude: 8.110278
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1859(swiss ascent),1868(italian ascent)
First successful climber(s): Veggiotti 1868(italian route),swiss army officers(swiss route)
Nearest major airport: Milan Malpensa
Convenient Center: Domodossola,San Domenico di Varzo(Italy),Simplon,Simplonpass(Switzerland)

Thanks to Francesco Musetta and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Monte Leone is the highest peak in Lepontine alps,rising on the border between the Lepontine and the Pennine ranks.The NW side features some ice routes(among which is via della paretina,200 m,3-4hrs from bivacco Farello).The N,NE,E and S sides feature rock routes.The italian normal routes follows the S side and ridge(6hrs.app. from Alpe Veglia,some friable rock).The swiss normal route,which is advisable,follows the w side,the Homattugletscher,reaches Breithornpass and crosses the Alpjergletscher(look out for crevasses),then gets to the top following the south ridge.This is easy but the rock is quite friable.6hrs app. from Simplonhospiz.From the top wonderful view over Weissmies rank,Mischabel,Berner Oberland,Lepontine alps

Thanks to Francesco Musetta for this description.

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