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Grotti

By: Nicola Milanese
Country: Italy, Region: Lazio, Town: Grotti (Rieti)

Many articles have been published about Grotti, but most date back to the early '90's when this crag had only just been discovered. Many believed Grotti might become one of the largest crags in Italy, but after this initial euphoria things soon died down.

The situation has changed recently though, and new routing activity has now begun in earnest with the discovery of a new sector, La Curva. 70 new lines have been created here and many established routes at Grotti Classica and Grotti Alta have been rebolted. The entire crag now boasts over 230 routes, with plenty more still to come.

Many of these new routes are significantly easier than the older ones, making the crag more accessible to the wider public. Nevertheless, Grotti remains enormous and you'll never have to queue for a route. At times the pockets are painfully sharp, so much so that rest days are obligatory to let the skin recover. Just the right moment to stop off at Ferentillo, a mere 40 minutes from Rieti!

GETTING THERE

Grotti lies roughly 100km NNE of Rome. Drive to Rieti if coming from the north. From here follow signs for Aquila and turn right immediately for the Valle del Salto to arrive at Grotti after 8km. Park discreetly on the left near a hunting shop before entering this small village. From here walk left past a chicken pen up to the crag (10mins). If you come from the south leave the A24 at the exit for Valle del Salto and follow signs for Rieti to Grotti.

THE CLIMBING

Magnificent pocketed limestone. The left-hand sector transforms into conglomerate limestone. Well-placed glued-in resin bolts ensure you won't pick up too many air miles!

La Curva 5c+: 2 6c+: 17 7c+: 33 8a and above: 11 total: 63

Grotti Alta 5c+: 2 6c+: 31 7c+: 81 8a and above: 41 total: 155

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

There are no campsites nearby. If you're lucky enough to own a camper you can spend the night in Piazza delle Feste, 100m from the center of Grotti. The alternative is to find a cheap room in nearby Rieti.

NOTES

News archive Grotti

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The most updated guidebook is "Arrampicare in Abruzzo" by Sergio Di Renzo. It covers Grotti and all the other main climbing areas in this region.

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