keskiviikko 1. elokuuta 2012

Multipitch training at Corno di Bo'

Mika Huhtamaki

Corno di Bo' - Grey slab between Torbole and Navene
Corno di Bo' is an ideal slab for training multipitch climbing. It is a small crack located beneath a tunnel nearby Torbole. Crack has total of 10 routes and 7 of them has between 2 to 4 pitches. Grades are from 3a to 5c. Thou the crack is called multipitch training you can still ascend admirable 100 meters on four pitches. The biggest drawback is that the whole crack is a big slab and slightly polished from the bottom.

Climbing a 5a or 5c route is not diffiult for us, but polished slab is not our favorite type of climbing. Personally I feel more familiar on holds, cracks or lists on a straight or slightly negative walls, positive slab felt irritating. On the other hand I have to admit that the bolting was well done and secure for the multipitch training purpose.

We headed to the crack early in the morning to start with few single pitches. Soon we noticed that it was a good idea to come early. Pain in the climbing shoes increased at the same pace with the sunrise. Most of the pain came from the tips of the black climbing shoes when sun heated the rubber. After an hour or so at the straight sunshine climbing shoes on felt like an oven. At the end the pain was so terrible that it was impossible to keep shoes on.

Still the training went well and we accomplished our initial target to climb two pitches. We were more than ready for the next training session.

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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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