Help with Euro Trip in September


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Nick Votto · Jun 21, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80
Hey MP community,
So my lady and I are heading to Italy for a wedding and are taking September 2-9th to explore somewhere, hang at beaches, and do some climbing. I've been to Italy 12+ times so I generally know the climate, areas, etc but I wanted to reach out and get some opinions.
We'll either just rent a car on the mainland the whole time and take a ferry if need be or fly where we go.

Only real requirements are fully bolted climbs (not bringing my rack) and some options in the 4a-5b grade range for her. I'd also love some easy multi-pitch. Looking to make the decision now to book everything and purchase a guidebook.

Post up if you can offer any advice on what best fits those requirements, here's the options I've explored:

Sardinia (I've been to Cala Gonone, and know it's awesome)
Corsica
Malta
French Riviera
Northern Italy

Thanks all!
Nick

Nick Votto · Jun 21, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80
Bump

that guy named seb · Jun 21, 2016 · Britland · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 0
try 8a.nu?

Brian in SLC · Jun 21, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2003 · Points: 12,590
Finale Ligure.

Nick Votto · Jun 21, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80
Brian in SLC wrote:Finale Ligure.
Brian I noticed you wrote the Finale page on MP. I actually wrote it off because I though it would be too warm there and the grades were all harder but now I'm realizing I was wrong. Good suggestion as I also work with a number of vineyards in Alba and Barolo close by....this will allow me to do some extra "work."

Now high on the list
Do you happen to have a preference between the "Finale 8.0" and the "Finale Climbing" guidebooks?

Brian in SLC · Jun 21, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2003 · Points: 12,590
I have the previous edition Finale 7.0 which is pretty good. Easy enough to navigate with and I liked the quality ratings.

I've heard good things about the other book and I have a number of Versante Sud guidebooks which I've liked as well.

Either one would work great.

Note that the adjacent areas are covered in the newer Oltrefinale guidebook. Always thought if I returned to the area I'd try to get to some of those other areas, but, in truth, the main Finale areas are superb and there's no shorage of routes across the grade ranges. The hang either nearer the beach in Finale Ligure or up by Finalborgo is great.

Temp's in early September? Might be hot in the sun, for sure, but there's so many crags with all aspects I'm sure you could chase the shade if need be. Plus, the Ligurian see will be delish.

Good food (ok, great food), via ferrata nearby and mountain biking, the sea...can't go wrong with Finale Ligure!

Name · Jun 22, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 0
Hijacking, sorry. Would Sardinia or Siciliy work in November? If so any preference?

Nick Votto · Jun 22, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80
Name wrote:Hijacking, sorry. Would Sardinia or Siciliy work in November? If so any preference?
Sardinia would be prime for hard climbing in November. Of course chance of rain is higher but that's still not a huge chance. There's a multitude of elevations and aspects and thousands of crags so you'd be in good shape.

Super cheap flights from Roma to Cagliari and I believe Meridiana is now flying direct to Olbia, either way works as it's easy to get north>south or vice versa on the island.

Brian Schroeder · Aug 24, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 0
I'll be in Sardinia September 9th through the 12th, in case anyone will be there.

Brian

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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