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Val Rosandra

By: Luca Bridda
Country: Italy, Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Town: Trieste (Trieste)

Describing the climbing in the entire Val Rosandra is a complicated matter because there are numerous sectors, each different one from the other, dotted across this fascinating are which, for the people from Trieste, is of particular importance.

This article serves to give some ideas therefore, aimed above all at those wishing to spend a weekend here on 2 or 3 different and highly interesting crags. To discover the area in detail check out the famous Sidarta guidebook “Arrampicare senza frontiere” in which Erik Svab has described each route in painstaking detail.

The "Valle" (the term used by the locals to describe these deep karst canyon just a stone's throw from Trieste) is protected by a park and is highly popular for weekend outings. It is crossed by the Italian - Slovenian border and represents in some respects the memory - historical and tangible - of the great alpinism that took place between the two World Wars.

The climbing sectors differ considerably in size and are dotted across this truly special valley. In short, Val Rosandra doesn't offer a single, magnificent crag but is interesting taken as a who, like a large puzzle which looses its sense of being if a single piece is missing...


sunny winter days. The sunnier right- hand side of the valley includes the following magnificent sectors: Canarini, Giardini d’Inverno, Oci de Moccò, 12 Vie, Piccola Ferrovia, La Bianca, Falchi, Falchetti, Bosco Incantato, Vergini, Parete del Casello, Stena, Montasio, Concave, Amicizie, Altari, Bedrock, Cartoonia and Pergolo. On the other side of the valley: the shady Crinale, the small rock faces Jugove, Castighi di Dio, Piccola Comici and the slab Formai close to the old chuch Santa Maria in Siaris


"Arrampicare senza frontiere. Trieste - Litorale sloveno - Istria" by Sidarta Guides, 2003

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