tiistai 1. lokakuuta 2013

Red and white walls of Rocca di Corno

Mika Huhtamaki

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Rocca di Corno offers enjoyable routes on red and white walls. Wall consists of 6 separate crags or sections located around the corner.

Approach is relatively easy if you are familiar with narrow roads and steep turns, here small car is recommended. From the parking it took about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the walls. Small detail from the appraoch is that it passes an ancien Roman route with a well-preserved bridge, Ponte delle Fate.

During the day we visited at the Ghiro and Futura walls. Routes in the sectors are mainly vertical but there are few overhanging sections.  Both, Giro and Futua are well bolted and have routes from 5a to 7a. Majority of the routes were graded 6
Melted rock shapes.
and length of the routes varies between 10 to 23 meters. Overall grading was tight, routes are not undergraded but definitely hard for the given grades. Rock quality is good and routes are not too polished.

Environment was quiet and relaxed. Only the noices of birds and the nearby farm's rooster's sound was on the background. On some parts the wall looked like a melted organic material. Silence, weird rock shapes and the strong colors of red and white made the atmosphere unique.

During the day we climbed 5 routes from Heta's 5a to mine 6b+ top rope project.  Hardest route of the day was definitely the 6b+  Igor with small pockets (one finger pockets) and delicate exit. Route required finger strength, was consuming and took some time, energy and dedication to get it through. Final route for the day was a bit easier our own variant, combined accent from 5c and 6a+ that wasn't walk in a park either but I completed it onsight.

See all photos:

Finale Ligure, Rocca di Corno - Futura - Giro, 1.10.2913

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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