Climbing Western Sicily Express

Sport-climbing

Bouldering

Autonomous climbers

Pic by Davide Cata

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The Place

The coastline of Western Sicily is a real amusement park for climbers. The protagonists here are the Mediterranean sea, the golden tufas, and the laid-back Sicilian vibe. Besides the world-famous Salinella cliff near San Vito lo Capo, Western Sicily has so much more to offer. Nature is still untouched here, creating countless possibilities for exploration off-the-beaten-track, and for finding yourself alone on cliffs with extraordinary rock quality and scenery, ranging from limestone crags, to sandstone boulders and to DWS on crystal clear water.

Climbing Western Sicily with Mapo Tapo

Our trips are designed for climbers by climbers: we select the best areas off-the-beaten-track and make sure you experience Sicily as a climber and not as a tourist, living the true Sicilian vibe.

  • For the whole trip, you will join Cata, a strong local climber, bolter and developer of the area, that will show you the hidden gems of Sicily
  • You will be staying 4 nights in a beautiful country-side B&B with a small outdoor bouldering gym, hot-tub, and huuuge Italian breakfasts and aperitivos
  • Our Social Mission: we re-invest part of our revenues to finance bolts and we work with the locals to boost sustainable tourism
But Western Sicily has much more to offer and there are so many possibilities to explore off-the-beaten-track and live the true Sicily.
In every place, we look for an extraordinary climber, so that you can see the place through a local’s eyes. Here, Cata: a boulderer who settled in the Sicilian countryside and is developing climbing here.
Together with his partner Giorgia they renovated an old stone farmhouse and opened a B&B: a dream place to relax after a day of climbing, nested in the beautiful countryside.
They didn't forget to add a hot-tub and a small outdoor boulder gym! This will be your base-camp for the trip: you will love the great BBQs, the vibe and the friendly dogs.
Everyday, you will hop on Cata’s van, and explore the huge variety of climbs around. From deep water solo in Cala Firriato, where if you fall, the crystal clear sea awaits you...
...To countless options for sport-climbing: astonishing tufas with sea view, overhangs, caves and never-ending walls. Best part? there are crags for any level!
But the true gem is Scorace forest! Huge sandstone boulders with perfect holes discovered and cleaned in the last 3 years by Cata. 200 blocks with grades ranging from 4a to 8a.
and you know what is the best thing of a brand new bouldering area? There are no polished holes, everything super grippy and ready to be climbed!
So friends, if you want to enjoy the Sicilian vibe, great food and rock, and support the birth of a climbing jewel, come to Sicily...as Cata says "FATEVISALIRELAVOGLIA !"

Climbing Skills

This is a climbing trip for climbers. There will be no instructors nor guides, hence you are expected to be completely autonomous in outdoor climbing. None of the activities proposed should be considered as educational. In case ropes are not your thing, you can still enjoy a great climbing week doing bouldering and DWS. Grades ranges from 5a to 8+, so any level in between is fine. We do not mind about your grade as much as about your ability to be fully independent. If you are unsure about your climbing level or need more information or if you prefer a guided tour, contact us.

Liability

Mapo Tapo selects crags and local partners with the utmost care. For any inaccuracies, however, we can not accept any liability. Rock climbing is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge and skills not to go outdoor alone. Contact us to organize a trip with a certified mountain guide instead.

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The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level -and endurance of the group

What is included

  • 4 days with local climber Cata and transport to sport-climbing, bouldering, DWS spots. This is NOT a guided service or a climbing course, the climbing activity is done fully autonomously
  • 4 nights accommodation in a double or 4-people room with private bathroom, A/C, Wifi
  • Welcome dinner at the B&B, including drinks
  • Insurance
  • Hot-tub (shared)
  • Small outdoor bouldering gym (shared)
  • Breakfast with home-made cakes
  • Crashpad rental
  • Transfer A/R to Palermo or Trapani airports (arrival Friday evening, departure Tuesday afternoon)
  • 1 print-out per person of a climbing pic on recycled-cardboard frame
  • Virtual expedition briefing before departure with Mapo Tapo team

What is excluded

  • Lunches, snacks and dinners (beside the welcome dinner)
  • Transport to restaurants during the night (possible to arrange from the B&B)
  • Everything not specified in the paragraph “What is included”