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.
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!