Neil Gresham
Rock World Tour
Sicily 2007
Grande Bleu, 7c, 1st solo ascent
Once again, it was Mike Robertson’s idea to go crusading around the coast of Sicily in search of Deep Water Soloing. He had been tipped off-by a local climber, Danielle Arena, who had bolted some routes on a steep limestone cliff near the town of Taormina. It turned out to be a worthwhile excursion and Mike, Gav Symonds and I managed to make a few cool solos on this one crag. However, we didnít find any other worthwhile DWS in spite of searching the rest of the entire coast of the island for a week!

At Taormina, I soloed a steep, juggy bolted 7c called ‘Grande Bleu’ up the central leaning ship’s prow and a new 7b just to it’s left. Meanwhile Gav added a bouldery 8a, which he named Tarantella, with a desperate crux dyno, on the blank leaning wall just to the left. Mike Roberston also added a host of easier routes to the nearby bay. For more information see Mike’s DWS guide, published by Rockfax. The sport climbing in Sicily also comes highly recommended, not to mention the ice creams and the party scene!
Grande Bleu, 7c,
1st solo ascent
Grande Bleu, 7c, 1st solo ascent
Photo: Mike Robertson