The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Finale last week

We arrived in the Dolomites late Saturday night & woke up to snow on all the hills and the roads looking impassable, which was without going over any of the higher passes – 10cm of new snow in Cortina!
After a coffee & a fresh look at the forecasts for the week we saw freezing overnight temps and more snow flurries, so we decided to bail out and head further south.
We arrived in Finale on the Mediterranean coast 4hrs later and were greeted to 26 degrees with the forecast predicting it to get even hotter – fantastic

Finale Ligure

You’ve just got to love it here, it’s a beautiful little Italian old town situated right on the Mediterranean coastline with quality limestone cliffs scattered everywhere.

Finalborgo - the old town of Finale

Immaculate steep pocketed limestone

Looking down to Finale & the beautiful Mediterranean Sea beyond

Ali enjoyng the climbing high on a remote cliff

Ali enjoying steep multi-pitch climbing at Monte Cucco 

The fantastic cliffs of Monte Cucco

Great views across the valley from Monte Cucco

Ali enjoying leading at Monte Cucco, a beautiful wall of great pockets & edges

Fantastic climbing at Crag Telematica in Colletta nr Castelbianco

The village of Colletta nr Castelbianco

Sea cliffs right in the town of Finale Ligure
Will enjoying the sun rock Mediterranean experience

The climbing here in Finale & surrounding areas is so varied with plenty of multi-pitch routes with many crags in a remote setting. It was also a great time to visit with warm but not too hot temperatures and also few other climbers around. I also love the Italian way of life, it always feels very chaotic but relaxed at the same time with everyone out making the most of the sunshine with a healthy work life balance.
Me - back in the Lakes at the weekend to cooler & slightly wetter and very windy conditions and a couple of sessions at both Ingleton & Kendal walls just hasn’t been quite the same! Although it is firing me up for another trip in the not to distant future!

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