keskiviikko 26. kesäkuuta 2013

San Siro, high end climbing

Mika Huhtamaki

San Siro offers great views and demanding climbing over Valle dei laghi. Location of the crag is perfect and the approach is easy with a walk of 5 minutes from the parking. Routes can be climbed even when other crags are too hot and it offers a good shadow for the belayer. This is definitely a place for higher end climber since there are only 3 routes below 6 and there is total of 84 routes to go. Most of the routes are from 6c to 7c and the length of the routes varies between 15 to 30 meters.

Difficulty of the routes offers great challenges for medium to higher leverl climbers. But what bothers is that majority of the mid level routes are polished. Event the 7 graded routes seemed to have same problems and thus routes can be even more difficult that the actual grade states. If you have been at Massone then you know what to expect. Higher end routes of San Siro are not necessarily that badly polished but the routes  from 5-6 seemed to be slippery.

Massone and San Siro have similiar rock type but Massone's low to mid graded routes offer more opportunities than San Siro. For higher (>7) level climbers San Siro might be a good option with great overhanging walls, but still be prepared for polished rock. Still shape of the overhanging walls is great and the style of the routes is interesting. For higher end climber San Siro has a lot to offer but there are better crags for medium level climbers to climb.

Nice views.
Medium routes are polished.
Comfortable place with easy approach.

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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