Like any opportunities to clear one’s mind this plague year conceded, opportunities for climbing have been few and far between. Unlikely times, unlikely places. Molise, a beautiful mountainous region usually overshadowed by the more popular ranges of the Abruzzi Apennines, has actually quite a lot to offer. One of its many hidden treasures, La Rocca di Oratino, is a solitary rock formation topped by the weathered keep of a medieval castle.
Apart from the remnants of the castle and an annexed hamlet, both obliterated by a cataclysmic earthquake in 1456, this curious spot accomodates a bunch of sport climbing and trad routes, the latter being of recent date. For our first visit, we decided for Cresta della Rocca, without doubt, the most panoramic one and of moderate difficulty (PD-, IV+ max, A0).
And, indeed, this seemingly odd choice turns out to be at the root of some memories I would not want to miss. I guess we were simply having fun. Boy, that’s rare these days!
It seems that neither of us cared much about taking pictures that day. So, here is just a small handful of snapshots from a different perspectives:
ROCCA DI ORATINO – CRESTA DELLA ROCCA, Valle del Biferno – Molise (12.07.2020)