Via Ferrata del Cabirol, Capo Caccia, Sardinia
The beautiful via ferrata del Cabirol, located high above the sea at Capo Caccia in Sardinia.
The Via Ferrata del Cabirol was created recently above the high sea cliffs at Capo Caccia on the west coast of Sardinia. The itinerary is never particularly difficult as it almost always traverses along a series of narrow exposed ledges which, every now and then, are interrupted by short stepped vertical ascents.The environment and panorama out onto the sea and drammatic coastline render this ferrate - the southernmost outing in Italy - quite simply unique
Ferrata del Cabirol The history of a "strange" solo creation
by Corrado Conca
When I moved from Cagliari to Sassari in 1998 for work reasons I began to spend many days searching for the best crags in the area. For me this was an attempt to recreate "my" climbing area close to my new home.
I've always loved atmospheric sport routes which are not particularly difficult, so the short violent single pitches at the local Casarotto crag - the most famous in the Sassari area - didn't really satisfy me. I began to explore, if this is the right term, all the vertical arenas within an hour's drive from Sassari and that's how I began to bolt some long routes on the sea-cliffs above Capo Caccia.
All that time wasn't wasted however since my documentary work flowed into the climbing guidebook to the area (Editor's note. Arrampicare ad Alghero, Sassari e dintorni di Corrado Conca, Edizioni Segnavia).
I dedicated much of my free time to that portion of the promontory which looks west and is located between Isola Foradada and the lighthouse: a vast wall, extremely complex and articulated, up to 200m high and totally virgin! In 1982 the Italian mountaineer Alessandro Gogna observed the area from a dinghy and wrote "the possibilities on these walls are practically limitless."
While I was bolting the sport routes and searching for access to the routes and how to escape from them I left fixed ropes in place which I then used for my subsequent projects. Slowly but surely I began to get to know every square meter of this complex limestone cliff and then the idea came to mind of fixing the ropes so that I could walk along the ledges in complete safety.
Without even realising it I had started a project which required, on and off, almost ten years. I opted to explore and equip the entire via ferrata on my own and I transported all the gear there and placed it all on my own. I don't know how many days I invested in this project, perhaps a hundred, possibly even more...
Now though the route can finally be defined as a Via Ferrata and I've called it Via Ferrata del Cabirol because on that rock face, just a couple hundred meters to the south, there are the historic 654 steps which since 1954 lead 110m down to the tourist cave Grotte di Nettuno.
The use of stainless steel in-situ gear has deliberately been kept to a minimum, the visible impact is minimal so as to enjoy the route in complete safety and enjoy the natural scenery. The gear used is all stainless steel aisi 316 and the U-steps were created specifically by an Italian company. I funded the entire project out of my own pocket.
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