/ Family sport climbing October
In the past years we have been to Cyprus and Mallorca which fitted the spec perfectly.
Any thoughts on where this years trip should be? Sardinia? Costa Blanca? Ardeche?
Sorry this has probably been asked on the forum before I have done a search but couldn't see anything specifically referencing the easier familiy friendly single pitch stuff.
Sardinia Cala Gonone has lots of crags in a small area, lots of 4-5s on slabs, beaches etc. Might be quiet, you should be able to rent an appartment for a good price.
San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily.
670 routes, 120 grade 5 and below. Best Beach in Italy (Trip Advisor), Zingaro National Park next door. 4 star campsite/bungalows in the middle of the cliff. Flights with Easyjet, Ryanair and every scheduled airline.
Remember Sardinia is bigger than Wales with higher mountains, and just llike Wales there are lots of areas each with its own characteristics.
Good luck Peter
Here in Ariège would be absolutely perfect except that the nearest beach is about 2 hours away. Other than that though there's stacks of lovely grade 4 & 5 single pitch on 3 rock types all within 15 minutes drive, there's family stuff like caves, castles, birds of prey, etc. and of course there's every kind of walking terrain.
Weather in October is probably more reliable than any other month and it's often cool enough to climb in the sun rather than seeking shade - expect sun and low 20's with maybe one day of unsettled in a week.
Let me know if I can help with any more info.
Locals are lovely (as were in Mallorca). San Vito beach is stunning.
The Zingaro trail to secluded beaches is cracking with things to do and see on the walk in.
Big towns nearby (including one on the top of a hill with fun drive up to it (Erice, googlemaps 38.035695,12.590684) and is very picturesque and a tourmap for kids to run round finding attractions.
And no lager louts going to Magaluf on the flight is a big bonus!
> Remember Sardinia is bigger than Wales with higher mountains, and just llike Wales there are lots of areas each with its own characteristics.
> Good luck Peter
In reply to Peter Herold: Would add that Peter and Anne run a lovely place there, and the walking I've done - some with them - has been great..
thanks again everyone.
Flights to Sardinia are looking a bit awkward, to get there on the low cost airlines from up north involves a flight to somewhere like pisa/ milan and then, a second flight to Sardinia, of course with good planning that could mean a evening exploring a different place but does add a bit of hassle. Sicily sounds promising and the idea of doing some via ferrrata from Nice is attractive. I did consider the dolomites/ via ferrata but it sounds like there is too high a possibility of snow there in october. We looked into Tenerife as well but the air fares seem to be a lot more in line with the longer flight.
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