La Grotta dell'Edera (The Ivy Cave)

Climber on the wall inside the Ivy Cave
Climber on the wall inside the Ivy Cave

The Ivy Cave is a Finalese wonder. It takes its name from the ivy leaves that once covered the interior and exterior of its walls.
The first climbers who came to Finale told me of when they climbed the walls of the cave still covered with green leaves. It is a large open-air rocky cylinder 35 meters high and with a diameter of 20 meters, whose white and gray walls are among the most popular and among the best known in sport climbing.
"Lubna" (7b) is one of the most world-famous historic sport routes.
This natural well took on its current characteristics after the collapse of the upper vault, which once covered the entire cave. When you find yourself inside you feel like you are in a sort of "lost world"; the light comes from the upper mouth of the well surrounded by thick Mediterranean vegetation and a giant natural window.
Being equipped with a head lamp can be very useful because in order to access the base of the big well, you have to climb a steep wall equipped with fixed ropes but quite dark. At the end of the fixed ropes, a narrow passage (removing the backpack is a must) finally allows access to the main cave.
There is also the possibility to arrive from the top but in my opinion it is less spectacular..

Upper mouth of the cave
Upper mouth of the cave

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