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Campo Solagna, climbing on the slopes of Monte Grappa

17.07.2014 by Mauro Dell'Antonia

The beautiful crag Campo Solagna located on the slopes of Monte Grappa in the Venetian Alps, introduced by Mauro Dell'Antonia.

Campo Solagna (Grotta del Rodolfo), is a mid-sized crag located on the slopes of Monte Grappa at 1000 meters above sea level, set in a dense forest of beech, hazel and nut trees. The vegetation and undergrowth are still fairly young, unfortunately during the First World War the brigade that occupied this portion of land burned and felled the entire forest to improve the view in case of an attack by their enemy.

The crag's history dates back to the early 90's, to Paolo Bessega and Stefan Bortoli who climbed the first routes and then passed the baton on to the tireless trio composed of the two brothers, Stefano Casarotto, Momi Casarotto and Sergio Boato. These three did an excellent job of bolting, climbing, and consolidating the pockets and crimps all at their expense, often exposing themselves to criticism and even some sad episodes of sabotage ... (along the lines of: those who know how to do things, do things, those who don't, instruct...). More recently Gianluca Cogo and Luca Bergamin have lent a hand at bolting the crag.

The crag is composed of grey limestone on the sides, while in the middle this changes to a pocketed conglomerate. The style of climbing varies and endurance is undoubtedly the name of the game here. The crag reaches a maximum height of 20m and offers steep roofs, 40° overhangs and slabs and even the holds vary considerably from pockets and crimps to slopers and tufas.

Climbing takes place all year round; in winter on clear sunny days during the warmest hours, all day long in spring and summer as the sun never reaches the entire face until the end of July. From August onwards though it's best to avoid the midday sun.

If you chance on a friendly chap, often with family in tow, called Max (Battaglia, 2nd at the Italian Championship in 2006, 1st at the Campitello di Fassa Italian Cup in 2004, former Italian team member), who climbs tirelessly and without rest on all grade 7 and 8 climbs, often via eliminates that only he can do: keep him happy and bear in mind he's one of the locals.

Anyway, jokes aside, the vaguely alpine environment, the cool air and the beautiful surroundings make this a peaceful and pleasant crag. Situated close to the cities, this is a refreshing alternative to get some endurance climbing done.

Routes recommended by Mauro Dell'Antonia:
Max 6+
Peter Pan 6c (2l)
Calle dea bissa 7b
Ottobre rosso 7c
Giulia 6c+
Cobra 7a+
Ballata per Stefania 7c+
Telepatia di emozioni 8b/8b+
L’eterno ritorno 8a
Liga ea bestia 8b
Adelante companeros 7a+
L’enfant terrible 7c+
Ricordati di Chico Mendez 7b+
Macondo 6c

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