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Arco and Surrounding Area Rock Climbing 


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Arco is at the northern tip of Lago di Garda, just northeast of Riva del Garda. There are amazing limestone formations that are swarming with busy bees on the weekends. Many long, run out multi-pitch climbs on rusted pins blot these walls. There are also a number of beginner crags to practice on (5.0 even). A car access crag is Nago wall, where wall to wall 1P sport 5.6-5.13 await. There are remote crags yet to have bolted lines betrothed to them. There are also many climbs around Lake Garda. There are climbing shops spewing into the streets from every corner of Arco-town where deals are good and so is the food. Guidebooks in every western language are plentiful.

While exotic and uncommon for North Americans, the Arco/Lake Garda area is a major tourist destination in Europe. Please keep this in mind as thousands of central Europeans drive down from the Netherlands, Austria and Germany clogging the roads, streets and generally everything. School breaks in nearby Germany can mean that all nearby town's double or triple in population and that oftne, German is as useful as Italian in the area.

Nevertheless, prices tend to be slightly cheaper than central Europe although gas prices are more expensive than Austria and Germany. Most lake Garda tourists will not actually visit Arco but given that it's a 10km distance away, traffic and crowds can be a real problem.

Getting There 

From Verona (or A4) Take E45/A22 to Marco, then take SS240 to SS240dir to Arco

Coming from the north (Austria/Germany), you'll head south from Innsbruck towards "Brenner" (the Brenner pass) and first pay about 10 EUR toll for Brenner in addition to the Austrian highway tax sticker you must buy to use Austrian highways.

In Italy, you pay the highway tax according to use, so you'll get a ticket at the entrance and pay when exiting. From Austria to Arco is about 11 EUR. The last stretch from exiting the highway into Arco, while short consists of small two lane roads clogged with tourists and can easily take over an hour. Get on the road early!!!

Climbing Season

For the Italy area.

Weather station 17.2 miles from here

76 Total Climbing Routes

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Photos of Arco and Surrounding Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on Placche Zebrate slabs.
Climbers on Placche Zebrate slabs.
Rock Climbing Photo: The big limestone of Arco.
The big limestone of Arco.
Rock Climbing Photo: While best known for climbing, Arco is a beautiful...
While best known for climbing, Arco is a beautiful...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arco's little river with the competition cente...
Arco's little river with the competition cente...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arco's castle and a taste of the limestone wal...
Arco's castle and a taste of the limestone wal...
Rock Climbing Photo: La Sportiva's Arco location. Prices are better...
La Sportiva's Arco location. Prices are better...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arco's La Sportiva store. Prices are better th...
Arco's La Sportiva store. Prices are better th...
Rock Climbing Photo: The winding streets house loads of climbinhg shops...
The winding streets house loads of climbinhg shops...
Rock Climbing Photo: There are at least two dozen climbing shops in the...
There are at least two dozen climbing shops in the...
Rock Climbing Photo: The pleasant and narrow streets with Castello di A...
The pleasant and narrow streets with Castello di A...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arco is home to many competitions and festivals.
Arco is home to many competitions and festivals.
Rock Climbing Photo: The north end of Lago Garda with Nago and Torbole ...
The north end of Lago Garda with Nago and Torbole ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crossing the bridge over the river Sarca and into ...
Crossing the bridge over the river Sarca and into ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arco from near Mori
Arco from near Mori
Rock Climbing Photo: The Arco valley from above arco.
The Arco valley from above arco.

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