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~ Tuesday 13th October 2009

 Back from an excellent week in Corsica - hot sun, beaches, and some of the best granite rock climbing I've ever done. I didn't know much about Corsica - this was my first visit - but I'm impressed and will be going back!

We started in Restonica with some single pitch sport climbing - bolted granite cragging at its best. The rock here is exceptional quality and weathered in to some incredible features. 

Next we headed down south to Bavella. Another day cragging at the Col de Bavella, then the Petit route on the Punta de l'Acellu - good climbing, worth taking a few friends along as the bolts are a bit spaced. 

Pitch 2 on the Petit route

 

                              

                                     

                 Keen for more, we battled up through the woods to the Punta Rossa to climb Alexandra. 5 Pitches of flawless granite.

 

Pitch 2, Alexandra

      View to le Dos d'Elephant                      

                                            

Back north again to Restonica for more cragging and a night in the excellent Auberge de la Restonica - very comfortable hotel, great food and some eccentric staff!

Last route of the trip was the classic Symphonie d'Automne on the Point des Sept Lacs at the head of the valley - again, 5 pitches of perfect rock in a beautiful mountain setting.  

Pitch 4, Symphonie d'Automne