Arco is situated within the Sarca Valley and offers something for everyone, from single pitch sports routes to long Dolomite style airy multi-pitch routes on the big walls of Monte Casale, Piccolo Dain and Monte Brento. The whole area is vast with many 1000's of routes to choose from at all grades on superb limestone rock. Situated just north of Lake Garda and only a couple of hours from the Dolomites it is possible to rock climb throughout most of the year and is easily accessible if wet in the mountains around the Dolomites. The rock climbing is definitely split into 2 distinct styles, which are:
There are over 50 sports crags and 30 long multi-pitch crags in the area, with the main areas shown on the map opposite and described below:
There are 2 definitive rock climbing guidebooks covering the general Arco to Sarche area, both of which are described below and can be bought from our shop.
Rock" guidebook covers all the bolted
sports routes in and around the Arco area, which features
106 different crags. Each crag has a location map, and
a good description giving a general overview of the area
and type of rock climbing to be found there. All the climbs
are described with clear topo diagrams.
This excellent guidebook for rock climbing and sports climbing for the Arco region is in English text. This guidebook has been re-printed in June 2010 and is available to buy from our shop.
Walls" guidebook covers all the long
multi-pitch rock climbing routes in the Arco to Sarche
valley, detailing all the classic and modern routes. Included
are all the crags at Piccolo Dain (with routes up to 450m
long), Monte Brento (with many routes between 800m &
1,000m long) and Monte Casale (with routes up to 1,400m
At over 420 pages long the guidebook details 32 separate crags, with each crag having a good location map and excellent topo's for each route. Grades are either UIAA or French depending upon whether the route is bolted.
This excellent guidebook for big wall rock climbing in Arco is in English text and was published in May 2009 and is available to buy from our shop.