ROCK CLIMBING at Rocca di Sant’ Ippolito
Period: from September to May
Locality: S. Ippolito
Contributors: AspromonteWild, SAGF (The Finance Police’s Alpine Rescue Service)
Difficulty: from 4c to 6b
Altitude of cliff: 726 metres above sea level
Maximum height: 20 metres
Exposure: south east
Number of roadways: 1 (to be increased)
Latest update: November 2015
At the moment although only one route is riveted, the climb is involving and presents various degrees of difficulty from the fourth level to beyond the sixth: from the top of the cliff there is a stupendous view.
The location consists of a sole crag, but the programme involves climbing around every side of it, using small single pitches leading to other more difficult pitches. In summer, as there is no shade, climbing is unadvisable, except in the evening a few hours before sunset. The rock is excellent, fairly rough, with good holds and is well riveted. The setting is peaceful and quiet and provides breath-taking views.
Arriving by car
Upon reaching Pietrapennata go through the village and take the small road leading to the cemetery. Along this road you will notice a rock about 25 metres high, nestled on a small ridge.
Source: Guida Naturalistica della Calabria Greca – Alfonso Picone – Rubbettino Editore – Collana Parco Culturale della Calabria Greca.
Text and photos by Demy D’Arrigo.