20th May 2015
Never Sleeping Wall
Silent Sleep – 6a+ – lead Dog Chris
Harrisa – 5c – TR Chris
Boy was this a hot day. Fortunately we arrived early enough to catch the crag for a while out of the sun, because when it came around onto the face, the place turned into an oven.
We drove in via Custonaci (what a great name) with a stop to scout out Rocco di Cerriolo. This is an impressive block of limestone and its a shame we never climbed on it. The massive overhang that underpins the main face has some evil looking starts, although its breached in a couple of spots by more amenable grades. Its definitely one for if we return.
And so on to Never Sleeping Wall. Wow! Tuffa’s everywhere and every one polished like marble. It was clearly once an amazing venue but I think traffic has rounded it to a finely honed glaze. That said it was fun, if a lot of effort. I continually felt like I was about to come off, but managed to dog my way up a few climbs.
The most fascinating aspect was the crackling bushes, which popped and crackled in the heat. Proper mediterranean flora, all thorns, thin leaves and olive colours. Beautiful if a bit whithered. We finished early because of the heat and headed towards the mountain with what appeared to be a town perched on top.
Called Erice it is a beautiful place with amazing vista’s across the coast and down to Trapani. Its like an ancient fortified town, with massive walls. I would say its almost impregnable.
A slice of Pizza topped the visit off and we headed back down to the heat. The town was noticeably cooler because of the altitude.