Nevertheless, in 2021 I spent a few days on that route during the summer, to try to decipher that series of holds that initially seemed to be placed randomly on the smooth wall. During those attempts, I realized that two bolts needed to be repositioned to allow more comfortable clipping. Cen gave me the green light, so I took my time arranging them and adding a real rest point on the edge.
The route was now in the right conditions to be free climbed. There was only one thing missing … the cold!
The Scogliera, in addition to being a technically difficult sector, is also exposed to the south at an elevation of about 1,400 meters above sea level. This characteristic means that it’s not easy to find the right weather conditions, especially on routes like “Per aspera ad astra,” where humidity and very low temperatures were required.
So I shifted my attention elsewhere, and at the beginning of November I managed to climb “Eternit.” I had to wait another month, until mid-December, when I decided it was the right time to go back to the Scogliera to try the route.
Several months had passed since my last attempt, and that day it was still far too hot to be able to free climb the route — although it was winter, the thermometer at the base of the sector showed a good 25 degrees! So I limited myself to reviewing the sequences, trying to make sense of the route. Then came the Christmas holidays, the panettone and the gifts, then came the snow, and finally, just when I wanted to go back up there, the pandemic also arrived, which forced me to stay isolated at home. A cruel joke that dimmed my hopes of being able to return to “Per aspera …”
On January 20, my girlfriend and I were finally free from isolation. Initially, I felt fatigued and tired from the COVID, but fortunately I quickly regained my form and resumed my training and climbing routine.
Then it also came time to do a week of preparation with my teammates from the High Mountain Military Section of the Army Sports Center. The week’s menu included ice climbing and dry tooling.
For me it was a first experience, an intense and very educational week. I can only thank my teammates for the valuable advice they shared with me.