lauantai 4. elokuuta 2012

Multipitch day at Corno di Bo'

Mika Huhtamaki
Corno di Bo'  is located nearby Torbole.
Parking wasn't convinient.
We decided that today we climb the first multipitch ascent. Our goal was to complete a 100 meters wall. When it comes to climbing, early mornings are becoming a standard because climbing during the afternoon is exhausting. Well, our goal was to start early but we couldn't keep the schedule. For some reason we forgot our second rope to the residence and we noticed that once we arrived to Corno di Bo'. There was only one option, to get back to the Villa Nicole and pick up the damn rope. That wasn't enough! It seemed that the holiday traffic starts to accumulate just after 9:00 and it was already 9:30 when we headed back. Basically the main road at Torbole was full of slow moving cars and the temperature started to increase slowly but surely.

Mika on the edge.
St that stage our schedule was badly late and we were afraid how the climbing would go. One lesson that we learned during our training session was that the sun starts to shine just from top of the Corno di Bo' around 10:00. That is annoying for the climber because reading the rock becames diffucult. Other lesson that we had learned was that the black tips of the climbing shoes are terribly hot once sun has rised above the wall.
Sami at the top anchor.

We still chose to climb. Luckily it looked like that the weather wasn't the hottest possible. Sky was partially covered by white clouds that blocked the sun enough to keep the temperature reasonable 30 celcius degrees.

Overall the climbing went  generally well. Personally I got some additional excitment at the second pitch by choosing slightly wrong ascent path. Traversing on top of a ledge of a polished slab without any visible holds or cracks nearby and having more than 4 meters of rope hanging out wasn't most encouraging experience.

View from the top.
 The climbing part wen't well and every one of our team got a 100 meters 5a multipich ascent. Number of the pitches surprised us slightly because topo listed only four pitches but we had to climb five pitched to complete the route number 6 "Norex".

Corno di Bo' had also additional bonus to offer, beach was only 50 meters away from the routes. A nice way to complete the very first multipitch adventure.

I'm proud of our team's progress and skills. We are ready for new challenges.

See photos from Flickr

Well done!

Mika Huhtamaki / Author & Editor

Mika Huhtamäki is a part time amateur rock climber, mountain biker and a snowboarder from Finland who travels often in Italy.

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