Altitude 237m a.s.l
Turi Poma on Trinacria (7a+) at Paradiso, Bauso Rosso © Massimo Cappuccio
Bauso Rosso is a sleeping giant as a sport climbing destination. Initially developed in the early 1990s, it has remained off the radar since and never demanded the attention it almost certainly deserves.
The walls consists of stunning red overhanging limestone with an abundance of tufas, flowstone and stalactites and the views over Palermo are stunning. Many routes have very steep starts, although things don't let up much in the upper sections with power endurance being the key to success here. The crag is best for those operating at 7a and above, although there are a few mid-grade climbs which are all of high quality.
Specific first ascent details are not known but much of the early work was done by Ignazio Mannarano as well as the Mediterranean Sport Climbing Centre, which was founded by Antonio Nastri. As with most older venues, the gear can be old but much of it is being replaced and new routes are likely to be added.
From the Partanna roundabout in the north of the city, take the third exit and go rightwards onto a narrow street. After just under a kilometre, follow the wider road around to the left and then back right. Go down here to some traffic lights after 180m and turn left onto another narrow road. Follow this road for approximately 1.4km as it goes gently uphill - it becomes more of a steep single concrete track and heads round to the right. The road heading up to Bauso Rosso is found just past the gated access to Pizzo Sella. Drive up the single windy gravel track for 500m to reach the first parking area (3 to 4 cars). There are a couple more parking spots further up the track. Wherever you park, walk to the top parking spot on the track and then head into the crag from there.
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