The Costone Eynard is a powerful shoulder of rocks and steep grassy slopes located just west of monte Chiadènis. The name Eynard comes from the commanding officer of the front line garrison during the First World War.
A very evocative hike that represents a very unusual alternative to the ascent to the Calvi refuge. The route, in fact, follows a nice ledge that cuts the Costone Eynard that was identified and used by the Alpini soldiers who, every day, needed to reach the front line during the First World War. It was equipped with metal cables on the initiative of the Veneto Region. This very high and scenic route requires caution along the final section at the end of the long stretch where the track climbs a steep and very exposed grassy slope without a wire cable and the final, equipped, rocky gully.
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Follow itinerary n. 23B (in the Walking section) as far as the sharp 90° turn close to a large information board on the routes of the First World War. Continue along the mule-track that climbs straight northwards, before zigzagging amidst thin woodland, beyond which, becoming a path, it points westwards, crossing a grassy slope to the base of the first rocky cliff of the Costone Eynard where the equipped ledge begins. Follow this uphill for some way to its end at a steep grassy slope that a narrow path climbs with tight zigzags, aiming at a near-vertical groove with a metal cable. Having reached a first small grassy saddle a path following a few wide turns leads to the saddle with the remains of military infrastructure practically opposite the Calvi refuge.
The return can take place along the itinerary used for the ascent. Alternatively you can reach the Calvi refuge in a few minutes and from there along the convenient unsurfaced road to the large car park. Following back along the provincial road n. 22 for c. 500 metres you are at the crossroads of Casa Vecchia dairy farm, the starting point.
You will thus have completed the Costone Eynard ring.
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