/ A few thoughts on Sicily
Great setting: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=215312
Bumpy seas: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=215315
From the road the cliffs look a bit scrappy, but the climbing was excellent almost without exception, the routes of all grades tend to be steep and the bolting is encouraging. Many of the pitches are very long and a bit on the sharp side - the norm for Med limestone I guess.
In summary - a great spot that deserves to become popular, the combination of sea-side setting, the great climbing, the easy accommodation and superb accessibility sure take some beating. There are 'only' around 600 routes in the whole area at the moment - compared to Kalymnos's 1700 - but that is a great starter - there is a lot of rock out there.
Top marks to Jim and Scott Titt plus all the other equippers have done us a great service.
A few climbing pics:
Not to mention all the other areas were you could climb near there and the great food! Oh, but we had very bumpy seas when we were there as well! Very windy and that was Easter.
I'll second that having spent a week out there a few years back. Some good bigger routes the other side of town as well.
Thanks very much Chris
> the routes of all grades tend to be steep
You got me interested there Chris until the phrase above!
Another vote for the Titt brothers, great effort.
Chris would never keep up!
Hary Röker (the Gebro guide author" was also there last week to check out the new routes, there´s about 50 not in the current Sicily Rock guide.
The UKC logbook count isn´t up to date. From the 2012 guide it is:-
plus whatever of the new routes fits in these grades.
We´ll probably bolt another 25 or so over Easter though the easier routes take a hell of a lot of cleaning!
For some of the routes a quick look at some of the more esoteric lower-offs, and how to thread them, produced by Mr Titt might not go amiss - I had some head scratching at the top of a couple of routes!
> For some of the routes a quick look at some of the more esoteric lower-offs, and how to thread them, produced by Mr Titt might not go amiss - I had some head scratching at the top of a couple of routes!
Yes - they could deffo do with one in the campsite to practice on!
(I can't remember which one it was!), we bumped into Scott and Jim in there one evening after they'd recommended the place to one of our group, hopefully Jim or Scott can confirm which restaurant it is/was!, both eateries are right next door to each other at the bottom of Via Faro. google maps will show you the way..
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