Here the names of R. Bassi, H. Mariacher, Manolo and L. Iovane still echo off the cliffs and it's easy to meet some of the best athletes in the world while climbing these faces.
Lake Garda means, overall, that you can rely on a mild climate which allows you to climb year-round on the more than 2000 prepared routes. 500 of these climbs have been carefully looked after by the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Alto Garda Administrative Council. The best faces to climb in the winter at Arco and around Lake Garda are those that are exposed to the sun from morning on.
If the weather is bad, you can go climbing in the famous Arco Climbing Stadium which also hosts the Rock Master Festival. You will find the Rock Master Climbing Stadium at Prabi, 200m from the centre of Arco and just to the north of the car park at the bridge over the River Sarca. The Rock Climbing Stadium is open to the public on payment of an entry fee and you can climb in good and bad weather here and even in the evenings. It is closed in the winter and opens between April and the end of October. For information on opening hours and prices, phone +39 334 7734133
Since 1987 Arco has held the annual Rock Master international festival of climbing where the best climbers in the world challenge themselves and each other in 3 disciplines: Lead, Boulder and Speed. You shouldn't miss the Duello (Duel) where the best 8 men and 8 women climbers in the world (based on the Permanent World Classification) race against each other over equal parallel climbs of great technical difficulty. It is an unforgettable experience to be sitting on the grass in Arco below the Duel looking up to see the best climbers in the World on the vertiginously steep cliff face of the Rock Master Climbing Stadium in Arco. During the festival, Arco becomes one big climbing arena where everyone can participate.
In 2011, the first cliff for Paraclimbers was opened at Chiarano near Arco.
Placche di Baone is a natural climbing wall with a touch map that allows everyone to climb, with or without the use of their eyes. There is good access to this site and at the base of the climb there is an area with tables and benches suitable for wheelchairs users, and toilet facilities for disabled users as well.
Don't forget the new Maroc Cliff in Cassone to the south of Malcesine on the north east coast of Lake Garda. Already well-known, this cliff was opened in 2012 and is perfect in the summer or on very hot days. The Maroc Cliffs are 4 slabs of rock and there is also a Boulder zone.
If you are interested in becoming part of the wonderful world of Rock Climbing, we would recommend you join a Base Course to learn how to climb safely. If you think that this is a difficult sport, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised: with good teaching and care for your kit, you will find rock climbing to be a wonderful sport, open to most people, which allows you to have real contact with Nature.
You find yourself at the base of cliffs and, after some hard work and concentration, you will have the great satisfaction of getting to the top of the climb, and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake, the mountains and the green of the olive groves that will ensure that you will come back for more.
See you on the cliffs!