It’s the end of September, and I’m sitting on the ferry in the direction of Corsica with my climbing gear packed, and two weeks of vacation to discover the climber’s playground that can be found in Corsica. To be honest, before this trip, climbing in Corsica wasn’t even really on my radar. When thinking of the “must do” european climbing destinations, Corsica is hidden in the shadow cast by the likes of Chamonix, the Dolomites, and the peaks of the Swiss Alps. While those destinations have become the accepted benchmarks used for climbers to prove themselves, each coming with name-dropping potential among your favorite group of alpinists, Corsica is a place where the highest peak doesn’t even reach 3000m and tourists at the beach come to mind.
But as I would soon discover, Corsica, with its wild landscape, dense forests, perfectly formed natural granite swimming pools, and the unique tafoni rock, offers an experience unique to any other climbing trip I’ve been on. The rock - which looks like something out of a Dr. Suess book - calls out to your inner child, and the only thing you can think is, “I want to climb that!”.