Sicily SunRock

A very early start saw a dozen Rucksackers gathered at Manchester airport for a 6.20 flight to Catania. 4 hours later, after various hire car shenanigans, we were off on the 4 hour drive across the island, with a planned stop for a quick route or two to break the journey.
Speeding along the A19 on mostly elevated viaduct motorway, you get a real feeling of volcanic nature of the island. Mt Etna dominates the start of the journey like a giant snowy cone, and then the road heads high over the central uplands through territory like a cross between peak moorland and NZ south island. This is definitely not the Costa Blanca!
With a few navigational challenges we finally find the crag above the town of Collesano – impressive 100 high cliff but we’re only grabbing a quick blast so settle for the single pitch slabs on the shoulder.

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The climbing is okay rather than awesome, thin and slightly dusty slabs, but it’s just great to be out of the car and active after such a long journey. Final arrival time at the villa in San Vito lo Capo is after 9pm – 17 hours after the alarm went off!

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