Sicily Rock and Fire

Sport-climbing

Bouldering

Hiking

Certified guide included

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The Place

How often do you get the chance of climbing on the slopes of an active Volcano? Sicily is renowned for its good food and amazing sea... now get ready to experience the Mediterranean Island from a less-known perspective, by exploring all the wild environments and unconventional climbing gems it has to offer.

Mount Etna is Eastern Sicily's symbol: with its 3357 meters it has a history of overlooking the city of Catania and its inhabitants. Its slopes are home to a variety of unique environments and breath-taking sceneries for climbers. Climbing here means peeling-off your fingers on basalt rock and appreciating the specific climbing movements that this rock entails... all while discovering the newly equipped crags!

There is no better way of experiencing to the fullest all the climbing possibilities Mount Etna and its surroundings have to offer than with a tailored program, created by Mirto, local climber and your expert alpine guide for the trip. Born and raised in Catania, he is definitely the one to turn to for a true off-the-beaten-track Sicilian experience.

The full experience

Get ready for a full week of immersion in Eastern Sicily's beauties. During the trip you will be in the good company of Mirto, whose local expertise suggests the following itinerary to appreciate to the fullest what the island has to offer:

  • Day 1. Arrival to Catania. After getting settled at the local accomodation, we're off already to the first crag! We'll be exploring "Salice", a unique crag on the slopes of Mount Etna. In the evening a first taste of Catania's night life!
  • Day 2. After a revitalizing breakfast, it's back to the crags again. You will explore and climb routes situated in a canyon of rock lava in the town of Linguaglossa. After climbing all day you'll be thirsty... enjoy an "aperitivo" with the group in the town of Aci Trezza, a quaint town of fishermen, famous for its sea stacks.
  • Day 3. It's bouldering day!! The boulder area is located in a wide valley on the west side of Etna. The valley is scattered with blocks of sandstone of excellent quality, while the surrounding oak forest offers a suggestive environment. In the afternoon have a taste of products typical of the Bronte area (especially famous for the production of pistachios).
  • Day 4. A comprehensive tour of Etna is a must! Departing from Catania the group will reach the "Sapieza Refuge", starting point of the excursion. From there a cable car will take you to 2600m, from where a 3-hour walk towards the summit craters begins. Compatibly with the volcanic activity and weather conditions we will take a tour of the summit craters and then descend South and witness the lava front from the latest volcanic activities and a cave of lava flow. The afternoon can be dedicated to tasting of typical Etnean wines.
  • Day 5. We head South! You will experience a change of scenery as we head towards Syracuse and climb in one of the local crags. A change of scenery requires a change of rock...you will be climbing on excellent limestone, a guarantee for all climbing levels. In the evening, it's back to Catania, in time to enjoy some typical street food in the lively historical center.
  • Day 6. Last day of climbing! After breakfast, meet with your group for one last day of full-climbing in one of the crags surrounding the town of Buccheri. In the late afternoon have a taste of the local dishes with the group, and then it's off to Catania again, where you can enjoy a last night in the lively historical center.
  • Day 7. Departure from Catania and time to go home - already, unfortunately!

A glimpse of what to expect

Our basecamp

Climbing Skills

No minimum climbing level is required, as Mirto is a fully certified mountain guide. The only thing you will need is an adventurous attitude and thirst for exploration! You will find grades ranging from 5+ to 8a and all the crags will be selected depending on the level and the preferences of the group. The best thing about climbing with the locals is that you can decide last minute depending on the weather and wind conditions to always get the best out of the day!

Liability

Mapo Tapo selects crags and local partners with the utmost care. We can for any inaccuracies, however, accept no liability. Rock climbing is a risk sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge not to go outdoor alone.



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The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level -and endurance of the group

What is included

  • 7 days climbing and exploring all that Eastern Sicily has to offer with local climber and certified UIAGM IFMGA mountain guide Mirto.
  • 6  nights accommodation in the most central Hostel in Catania. Located in a luxurious 16th century palace, with the city's grandest monuments and thriving night life just a few steps away. (Accommodation is shared and possibly mixed, contact us for a double or private room).
  • Breakfasts at the Hostel.
  • New Year's Eve celebration and dinner (for trip including New Year's Eve)
  • 1 dinner (for dates after New Year's Eve)
  • Transfers to/from the crags
  • Climbing equipment: ropes, quickdraws, belay devices, harness, helmets.
  • Accidents insurance ITA or ENG

What is excluded

  • All dinners and lunches (except New Year's Eve).
  • Climbing shoes (possibility of renting them out)
  • Everything not specified in the paragraph “What is included”.
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