If you like the thrill of exploring in the woods and finding a natural version of bouldering walls, the Maremma has a few local options that are well known on…
If you like the thrill of exploring in the woods and finding a natural version of bouldering walls, the Maremma has a few local options that are well known on the national climbing circuit. Close to the ex-mining town of Ravi, high on the hills above, there are some interesting routes to try if you like wild climbing on Monte Calvo.
Looking across to the Ravi climbing location.
Here there are a number of main walls with various routes up them, best looked at from a small distance, the climber can get an overall picture of the possible routes.
The furthest wall from the base with some fixed anchor points for safety ropes, this offers some fairly interesting climbs, with an easy access rope recovery point.
The upper more complicated routes of the top wall.
Close up we can see the rock is characterized by some smooth surfaces and small holds. Great experiences for those who are looking to up the adrenaline.
In the woods close to the base are smaller easier going practice walls that give novice climbers the ability to try their beginner skills.
Off to the right of the main walls are some subsidiary walls which have overhangs and are open for a freestyle climbing style.
Looking back across the Maremma to Ravi and the Amiata, the views are stunning, isolated but connected.
The rocky crags at the top of the rock walls give multiple route options and technique variations.
So climbing these walls where do we start, luckily the world of climbing has grades and those who can grade them who are also good at putting together the best route possibilities.
Eraldo Meraldi is the guide behind these guides each route has been described and graded. With suggested attachment points for ropes. Grading varies between 4 and 7 in difficulty.
Each wall has a name and with at least four routes per wall, variety is possible, climb time per rout obviously depends on climber ability but can take up to 40 minutes on more complicated routes.
Climbing spots are often closely guarded secrets, some because they are hard to access, others because people want to make sure there is not too much “traffic” on the walls. Monte Calvo is located near Ravi and is accessible by car and foot.
Park on the road and walk up.
Here in cartoon form we can see the route, it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to the base.
The path starts by the road near a fence, it’s clearly defined and has small rocks up the hill showing the routes.
A perfect trail leading people to the secrets.
Here the path passes behind the power tower.
Close by there is the abandoned mine and museum of Ravi. Below we can see the whole ridgeline is a potential rock climbing heaven.