So you thought Sardinia was only limestone?

Posted by Peter, The Lemon House
Thursday 2nd April 2009

In Lotzorai, where we live, there's a local crag and it's granite, which makes an interesting change from the limestone which forms the majority of the climbing in Sardinia. Lucertole al Sole ("Lizards in the sun"), has 20 bolted lines, of which 15-odd have been freed, including 4 last week by Maurizio Oviglia and Peter. In the sun from 1400 - good for spring, autumn, winter and summer in the mornings. Routes from 6a+ to 7b, with lots of superb jamming cracks and bouldery moves - if you are used to crack climbing will find some easy ticks. Flat and grassy underneath, great to hang out. The topo and updated grades you can find here. The hardest routes were climbed on Monday on-sight by the Czech climber Jirka Šrůtek who's staying in our flat and who in 2006 RP'ed Freerider (V, 5.13a) on El Capitan with Dušan "Stoupa" Janák, so Jirka is pretty good at climbing cracks. With his green top on the left in the photo below, as he wriggles up the crack, he seems to be a Lizard in the Sun!

Sardinia granite sports climbing: Lucertole al Sole L Jirka Incastraci Tutto 7a+ R Honza Regalo da Babbo Natale 7b

 There's also a porphyry crag, Praidas, 30' away: in the shade in the afternoon and at 900m, ideal for summer. Routes from 5b to 7b, see the mapguide to Ogliastra

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