Climbing Western Sicily

Sport-climbing

Bouldering

Deep Water Solo

Expeditions starting from September

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7 days, €759 €569

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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

  • 6 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
  • 2-day photo shooting with a professional climber photographer
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation in a double or 4-people room with private bathroom, A/C, Wifi
  • Hot-tub (shared)
  • Small outdoor bouldering gym (shared)
  • 3 dinners at the B&B, including drinks
  • Breakfast with home-made cakes
  • Crashpad rental
  • Transfer A/R to Palermo or Trapani airports
  • 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

  • Gasoline (est. €100/ week for the whole group)
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Activities and transport or car rental during the rest day (possible to arrange them from the B&B)
  • Transport to restaurants during the night (possible to arrange from the B&B)
  • Everything not specified in the paragraph “What is included”

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.

Why Travel 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
  • For 2 days, a professional climber photographer will also join you
  • You will be staying 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

Arrival: chill, beers and BBQ

Welcome! After you land in Palermo or Trapani, Cata will wait for you in his van – as you expect, full of stickers and stories: it was once owned by one of the main Sicilian reggae group. After a 45 min drive, you will get to the beautiful B&B in the Trapani country-side.

If you land early and you have some time and energy, give it a go in the brand new crag Canyon, bolted by Cata and just 10 minutes drive from the B&B. There are routes for almost every grade, from 5a to 7c, deep in the cool shade of a canyon and with unique crux moves.


IIf instead you land later in the day give it a go with the outdoor boulder gym, hop in the hot-tub and then chat with Cata and Zia Gio over a BBQ and local wine. Time to discover which are the newly bolted crags and make plans for the week ahead depending on your wishes and climbing level.

Sport-climbing on limestone

After an early and generous breakfast with Zia Gio’s home-made cakes, hop on Cata’s van and get to one of the crags near Custonaci. Among several options, the stunning Parco Cerriolo crag is a small jewel with compact rock offering fantastic climbing on big pockets and cracks with sea-view. The crag is a perfect warm-up, with routes ranging from 5a to 6c.

Just 5 minutes drive from there, you find the Never Sleeping Wall crag, an almost surreal leaning wall up to 90m tall, with incredible tufas and grey - and orange - stripes. Here grades range from 6a to 8a+, including “one of the most fascinating 7a+ in the world” (cit. Planetmountain).

In the afternoon when the sun gets to the wall, you can stay here for a swim in the crystal-clear Cornino bay overlooking the crag!

Deep Water Solo

After driving past some of the classic crags near San Vito lo Capo, such as Cathedral in the Desert and Salinella crag, stop above a breath-taking bay.

After a short hike, you will get to this incredible natural playground! The crag is roughly 10m high, the water crystal-clear and very deep. There is a long and beautiful traverse that can be attempted by climbers of all levels, and then more than 10 routes up the overhanging cliff between 6a and 7b. If 7b is not enough, Cata can show you where to find harder routes in the bay.

When you are done, you cannot miss the short 20’ hike within the beautiful Zingaro Reserve that will take you to Venere lake and the Faraglioni rock formations.

Bouldering on sandstone

Even if you are not a boulderer, you should check out the incredible Scorace Forest and its sandstone blocks. Huge bowls with perfect holes, slopers, delicate slabs requiring precise feet movements and strong fingers, together with regular (but never banal) overhangs requiring surgical heel-hooks, await to be freed.

The forest was discovered and developed by Cata and there are roughly 200 cleaned blocks with grades ranging from 4a to 8a and in most cases soft landings. The area is cool also during the summer, given the 600m of altitude, and very beautiful.

We recommend to spend the whole day here, bring some sandwiches and snacks and enjoy this incredible playground, and have fun challenging Cata and the other local climbers on these incredible blocks.


Rest day: beach or exploration

Time to get some rest and some skin back!

No worries, Western Sicily offers much more than astonishing rock: ancient ruins dot the island’s dramatic coastline, imposing castles tower above hilltop towns and crystal-clear sea calls for a swim during more than half of the year given the low latitude.

The Saline di Trapani national park offers unique views of decommissioned windmills and saline (shallow salt pools), which in summer turn rosy pink.

In Trapani, you can hop in the cable car and head up to the medieval hilltop town of Erice for jaw-dropping views of the coastline and the Egadi Islands.  

And with 20’ speedboat, you will get to the pristine island of Favignana, with glorious crystal-clear water, relaxed vibe, and lovely coastlines.

You can organize you rest day at the B&B: ask Cata for a ride with its van, or rent a car in the village, or a sailing boat with a skipper for a tour of the Egadi islands.


One more climbing day!

For the last climbing day, you can decide whether to go back to some of the crags or the boulder forest where you left some projects to be completed, or continue the exploration of the hidden gems in Western Sicily.

If on the first day you didn’t have the chance to visit the Canyon, you should definitely head there and have some fun there.

Otherwise, go for a last dip in the beautiful Sicilian sea in the morning, and as the temperature cools down head to the incredible new crag of Point Break, on the south-east face of the San Giuliano peak, just below the medieval town of Erice. This small crag is named after the “perfect wave” of rock in the central part of the wall. You will find a very compact yellow and grey limestone, with a double roof that forces you to look up and will make your jaw drop. Despite being again another Sicilian overhanging cliff, you will not find the usual tufas, but instead, holes, slopers, and crimps. Time to empty the tank of any energy left!

Until next time!

Time to say goodbye, or better “a presto”.

But there is still something to look forward to: all the amazing pictures shot by Massimo, the climber photographer! The online photo-book will arrive in a few days, and soon you will also receive a print-out of your best pic!

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.

You want to know more?

Visit the Western Sicily page for a more pictures, videos and info about the crags and the local community!

Expeditions starting from September

Leave your email today: be notified when the expedition is ready for booking and access to a early bird 25% discount for you and your climbing buddy!
7 days, €759 €569

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No actual payment is required or actual booking contract is stipulated.
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759

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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

  • 6 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
  • 2-day photo shooting with a professional climber photographer
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation in a double or 4-people room with private bathroom, A/C, Wifi
  • Hot-tub (shared)
  • Small outdoor bouldering gym (shared)
  • 3 dinners at the B&B, including drinks
  • Breakfast with home-made cakes
  • Crashpad rental
  • Transfer A/R to Palermo or Trapani airports
  • 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

  • Gasoline (est. €100/ week for the whole group)
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Activities and transport or car rental during the rest day (possible to arrange them from the B&B)
  • Transport to restaurants during the night (possible to arrange from the B&B)
  • Everything not specified in the paragraph “What is included”

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