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The Torri di Canolo in the Aspromonte massif in Calabria, also known as the Dolomites of Southern Italy.
Photo by Fabio Failla
Via Aragorn at the Torri di Canolo, established by Fabio Failla and Angelo La Rosa
Photo by Fabio Failla

Torri di Canolo, new route by Failla and La Rosa


On 9 April Fabio Failla, and Angelo La Rosa established Aragorn, a new route up the Torri di Canolo. Fabio Failla provides details of "the Dolomites of Southern Italy"

My story begins way back in 1998 when I got a job in Calabria. I was already keen on rock climbing I immediately set off in search for new partners and places to climb. As chance had it one of my colleagues heard about my passion and told me about a place full of rock faces called the "Dolomites of the South". Excited by this news, but also intrigued, I immediately set off to discover these mountains.

I travelled from Vibo Valentia down the infamous SA-RC motorway to Gioia Tauro, and from here I continued along the main road to reach Novigrad. Here I asked for the village of Canolo and discovered that I still had to drive on towards Zomaro and the "Merchant's pass", reach Canolo Nuovo and dip down to reach Canolo Vecchio. It was late in the afternoon when I finally caught sight of an immense rock face, illuminated in a trypical Dolomite bright red by the evening sun. I immediately fell in love and began to frequent this area regularly.

I tried to find out as much as possible about these Calabrian spires, as they were called, and if someone had already passed climbed them. And I found out that in the 70's they had been "discovered" by Fabrizio Antonioli, a climber from Rome, while they had been climbed in the 1980's by the famous Italian alpinist Alessandro Gogna who mentioned them in his book Mezzogiorno di Pietra. I therefore began to repeat the existing routes and establish new ones.

Route topo: Aragorn





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