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~ Wednesday 30th May 2012

 Just back from a quick trip to the Valle del Orco in Italy. Orco is the place for trad climbing in the Alps - the local ethic has avoided bolting as much as possible and many routes are climbed completely on trad gear, even for belays. That said, there's plenty of bolted climbing too, from blank slabs to "proper" sport climbing. Add in a nice little campsite at the foot of the biggest cliff, good walking and biking plus fantastic local restaurants and it's a great place. We ate at the restaurant in the square in Noasca and at the Albergo le Fonti, both serving really good food and great value. 

6 pitches above the campsite

Trick photo making the exit from the Nicchia del Tortura look slabby...

Ibex psyching up for the Fissura del Desperatione

Diedre del Mysteria