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Pietrasecca Vena Cionca

By: Cesare Giuliani
Country: Italy, Region: Abruzzo, Town: Pietrasecca (L'Aquila)

Pietrasecca is located beneath the village in the Marino Valley and hosts circa 70 routes from 5a to 8c, with numerous in the 6a/b region. This historic crag located at circa 800m is characterised by an obvious jutting overhang and offers technical face climbing.

The crag has been re-equipped recently thanks to the local Yama Assocciation, and Pietrasecca recently made headline news with the first free ascent of "Shanghai", a 20 year-old project freed at 8c in June 2008 by Roberto delle Fratte. "La Morte" is the final big challenge through the steep overhang still waiting for its first free ascent.

GETTING THERE

take the motorway A24 Rome - L'Aquila, exit at Carsoli, then turn left following signs for Pietrasecca. park your car in the carpark beneath the crag on the righthand side of the road.

THE CLIMBING

Vertical and just off vertical technical climbing on small crimps. The overhanging sector on the otherhand is characterised by slopy holds.

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

Camping at Tagliacozzo.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

In Cerca di Guai 2 by Piero Ledda; Arrampicare in Abruzzobydi Sergio Di Rienzo. Abruzzo verticale, 40 cragas and 1400 routes in the Central Appennines by Tommaso Sciannello and Andrea Di Donato, Verdone Editore (2011)

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Ideal in spring and autumn and sunny winter days. In the summer climbing is possible until 11.00 am and from 18.00 onwards

HEIGHT

40m

ROPE

70 m

GRADES

5a - 8c

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Limestone

ORIENTATION

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yama.it

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70

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