The Signalkuppe (in German, pronounced seen-yall-koo-pay) also known as Punta Gnifetti (in Italian) (4,554 m) is a peak in the Pennine Alps on the border between Italy and Switzerland. It is a subpeak of Monte Rosa. The mountain is named after 'the Signal', a prominent gendarme atop the east ridge, named Cresta Signal.
The first ascent was made by Giovanni Gnifetti, a parish priest from Alagna Valsesia, together with J. Farinetti, C. Ferraris, C. Grober, J. and G. Giordiano and their porters on 9 August 1842.
The highest hut in Europe, the Margherita Hut (named after Italy's Queen consort Margherita of Savoy) lies on the summit of the mountain. Work started in 1890, supported by the Italian crown, and Queen Margherita opened it in 1893. The new hut, effectively a high-altitude Faraday cage, is clad in sheet copper to shield against unwanted electrical fields.
There's a difficult alpine trail (T6) leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is Rifugio Capanna Regina Margherita located 9m/30ft ENE of the summit.
By elevation Punta Gnifetti is
# 11 out of 60693 in the Alps # 1 out of 390 in Vercelli # 6 out of 1787 in Valais/Wallis # 6 out of 345 in Visp # 11 out of 42694 in Italy # 6 out of 4320 in Piemont # 6 out of 614 in Verbano-Cusio-Ossola # 6 out of 10817 in Switzerland # 6 out of 2009 in the Pennine Alps
By prominence Punta Gnifetti is
# 86 out of 390 in Vercelli # 96 out of 345 in Visp
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