keskiviikko 2. lokakuuta 2013

Climbing over sea - Capo Noli

Mika Huhtamaki

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We were seeking for something different for a change and Capo Noli has it. After few days of harder routes and active climbing we decided to have more relaxed session in a spectacular environment.

Climbing on top of a water sounded a good idea so we headed about 6,5 kilometers to west from Finale Ligure to the Capo Noli. Capo Noli has four sectors of routes and all of them are just over the Mediterranean Sea. Normally most of the routes are climbed with a top rope. That is understandable because in many cases there is no ledge for a belayer and seaside bolting won't last as long as normal bolting. It is also a good idea that belayer stays at the top to watch all the gear left behind. We noticed several fellows who just waited a right moment to check our back bags.

Capo  Noli has a pretty good selection of routes from 3a to 7c, most of the routes are still at the 6 range. Length of the routes varies from 10 meters to 400 meters traverse next to the sea level. On some sectors it is slightly difficult to locate the right route from the top. Some of the routes have anchors in place and several routes are belayed from guardrails with slings. During the day we climbed easy 5 warmups and the hardest route was Delicate and Hard 6a+. We climbed all routes with a top rope. 

Day went fast and we ran out of time sooner what we initially thought. Our idea was to swim afterwards at the nearby beach but had to skip that until the next time. Still the nearby long beach looked good as well the small
rocky beach just between the Dancing Dalle and Easy Dalle.

Relaxed and not too demanding climbing but a great day!

See all photos:
Finale Ligure, Capo Noli, 2.10.2913

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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