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Avane (Vecchiano) Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 150'
Location: 43.78449, 10.40032 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Nicola on Jul 18, 2014
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This extraordinary spot, also called "Rocce della Baccanella", is just outside Pisa, with more than 100 routes spread over many crags.
Rock is limestone, and the quality is generally quite good. In some classic routes the rock is greasy and slick due to the use.
All the routes are nicely bolted (sport climbing) with fixed anchors too. Bolts are very close to each other (we are not in Yosemite!) and make the climbs pleasant and safe.
It is a typical destination during weekends, so expect crowds. In summer, temperatures during the day can be unpleasant, like the mosquitos at the base of the crags.
There is an excellent site containing pictures with tops of all the routes:

Getting There 

From Pisa, go toward Pontasserchio, cross the Serchio river and turn right after the bridge, toward Avane. After 200 meters, park long the road on the left. Make sure to not leave any valuable in the car, in the past some window got broken and some radio got stolen. Once parked, walk on the obvious trail toward the crags. Depending on which sector you are interested in, keep the left or the right.

Climbing Season

For the Italy area.

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Avane (Vecchiano)

PointFive 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Europe : Italy : ... : Gommamania e Abside
Scramble up to the 4th class to the base of the climb (where the label is) and begin a face climb along a series of vertical and diagonal cracks. Good challenge, as some holds aren't obvious. Route is moderately polished...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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