Altitude 2233m a.s.l
Climbing on Punta Emma in the Catinaccio Group © James Rushforth
At a first glance the tower of Punta Emma can be hard to distinguish from the broad mass of Cima Catinaccio. However closer inspection reveals an elegant little peak perched directly above Rifugios Preuss and Vajolet.
The tower derives its name from the first ascensionist, Emma della Giacomo, who climbing with Tita Piaz, reached the summit in 1899 via today's descent route.
Punta Emma is, for good reason, one of the most popular peaks of the Catinaccio group.
The approach is relatively short, the face gets a good amount of sun and the descent is uncomplicated. The routes are on good rock and provide superb climbing without exception.
Take the Pera-Rifugio Gardeccia shuttle/taxi. From Rifugio Gardeccia take the large path 546/7 north for 40 minutes until you get to Rifugio Vajolet. From the rifugio, Punta Emma is clearly visible to the west.
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