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New routes in Sardina. Rolando Larcher frees "Il vecchio e il mare" 8b Millennium cave.

Cala Gonone is increasingly becoming the Mediterranean climbing Mecca. Climbers visit the island from January onwards, for the obvious irresistable mix of sun, rock and sea, but also for the considerable number of new routes. Maurizio Oviglia has sent us the following brief report:

Rolando Larcher freed what he believes to be his best route ever, the 60m, 150 move "Il vecchio e il mare" in the Millennium cave. This 8b was swiftly repeated a few days later by Luigi Billoro who confirmed that, given the route's vicinity to the sea, its grade depends very much on the prevailing conditions. Maurizio Oviglia bolted "Bugiardo" in the same cave, which was freed by Manolo and graded 7c+.

At nearby Cala Fuili Riccardo Scarian onsighted Totem 8a and Calibani's 8a dyno, before freeing "Morbillo" 8b+ and "Speedy Gonzales" 8a+/8b.

For the mere mortals, Enzo Lecis added an easy variation to Gymnopedie at the Aguglia di Goloritze, creating "Easy Gymnopedie". And finally, at Goroppu, Maurizio Oviglia and Giorgio Caddeo climbed the 300m 6b+ multi-pitch "Bottega di Filosofia" to the left of "Sogni di Sara."



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Rolando Larcher freeing his "Il vecchio e il mare"
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