Jôf di Montasio

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Jôf di Montasio
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Montasio mountain group seen from Cima di Terrarossa.
Highest point
Elevation 2,752 m (9,029 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,596 m (5,236 ft) [1]
Isolation 31.5 km (19.6 mi)  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 46°26′18″N13°26′02″E / 46.43833°N 13.43389°E / 46.43833; 13.43389 Coordinates: 46°26′18″N13°26′02″E / 46.43833°N 13.43389°E / 46.43833; 13.43389 [1]
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Jôf di Montasio
Location in the Alps
Location Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Parent range Julian Alps
First ascent 18 August 1877 by Hermann Findenegg and Antonio Brussoferro [2]
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View from Dogna.

The Jôf di Montasio (Italian, Friulian : Jôf dal Montâs, Slovene : Montaž, German : Montasch) is located in the Province of Udine, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy.


With its elevation of 2,752 metres (9,029 ft), it is the second highest mountain of the Julian Alps, surpassed only by Triglav. The Julian Alps are part of the Southern Limestone Alps System.


Since medieval times, the steep rocks of the Montasio massif, stretching about 20 kilometres (12 mi) in an east-west direction, formed the natural border between the Imperial Duchy of Carinthia in the north and the Venetian Domini di Terraferma in the south. In World War I the mountain crest up to the Sella Nevea pass was part of the Italian Front and permanently manned by the Alpini. However, no hostilities happened here as the northern slope of the mountain was too steep for an attack by the Austro-Hungarian Army.


In the valleys around the mountain, local people speak four languages - Italian, Friulian, Slovene, and German. The original German name for the mountain was Bramkofel, while the original Slovene name was Špik nad Policami or Poliški Špik. However nowadays they mostly use Montasch and Montaž, borrowed from the Friulian name.

At the top of the mountain stands a cross and a bell in memory of Riccardo Deffar.

Climbing routes

There are many climbing routes from all sides. Many of them are hard rock climbing routes and ferratas, in particular from the north-east side. The normal mountaineering route is from the south side. It passes the Rifugio Brazza, at round 1650 m above the sea level. After that you can choose either the direction towards the Pipan ladder, or towards Findenegg Couloir and Suringar bivouac which is at 2400 m above the sea level.

The Ladder is 60 meters long steel structure and you should have ferrata equipment. Some sections in the Findenegg Couloir route are a bit exposed, and you also have some simple scramble at several places above the Suringar bivouac.

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