18th May 2015
Pineta Centrale/Pietraia Destra
Gratulazione Rich – 5c – Lead (with Chris)
Ave – 5c – Lead (with Chris)
Bella Italia – 6a – Lead (with Chris)
Retro Bolter – 6a+ – Lead (with Joe)
Access0 – 5c – Lead (with Joe)
A regular occurance on this trip was bumping into a group of German Climbers. I dont have a problem with this, but on this occasion they were incredibly selfish in the way they set up at a crag, dominating certain sections by leaving ropes hanging and preventing anyone else climbing the routes.
It doesnt help that Pinta is close to El Bahira campsite, with the result that the routes are a lot busier than in the northern sections. I didnt notice that they were that polished, but the area around them feels more ‘used’.
The area did have my favorite climb of the trip in Retrobolter. I did this one in the heat of the midday sun and it was a real effort, but some of the moves were excellent and the top out is exhilarating. I made it just, but sweat and heat almost did for me.
All the climbs were fairly good here. The shade offered by the trees is limited, but does make for a good retreat for lunch out of the sun which on this day was blistering.