keskiviikko 17. kesäkuuta 2015

Get up and climb on a fresh rock face

Mika Huhtamaki

Being an iconic and popular climbing center has its downfall. Climbing on a fresh rock is not the expectation for most of the fellow climbers who visit in Arco. That might be true if you just hang on the crags next to the nearest buss stop. But there is still plenty of fresh and good rock even nearby the city if you just know where from to look at. 

For the summer season opening and the 1st climbing day we chose our last years's favorite Le Piazzole which is not included in the older climbing guidebooks and thus unknown for the masses. It is partially maintained by the Project Outdoor Park Garda Trentino

Crag is at 530 meters from the sea level and facing to the south-east  making it perfect for a late afternoon climbing sessions. What makes climbing excellent here is the fact that you completely on your own when climbing. No chalk marks nor polished holds screaming the way up and over the next crux. Bolting and anchors are excellent and the surroundings are well taken care of. Approach is not short when compared to other crags nearby but still reasonable 250 vertical meters and 25 minutes walk from the parking. 

Oh and about the grades, you can pick lines from 5b up to 7b from varying length of 12 to 22 meters.

And how was our climbing, well we got lucky the weather was partially clouded and the temperature was around 26 celcius degrees, perfect for summer climbing and for a season opening. Total of 6 ascents wasn't too bad as a starter.

Crag grade: 5/5
Rock quality: 5/5
Bolting: 5/5
Surroundings: 4/5
Approach: 3/5

See all photos:
Arco, le Piazzole, 17.6.2014

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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