Paolo, alias “Fossile”,
is not a famous name among Italian
apritori italiani. That is maybe because
he prefers Dalmatian rocks to the
Dolomite crags: Paolo has often left
his mark on the walls overlooking
the Adriatic, but first ascents down
there are not as interesting news
as an ascent on the Alps… Paolo then
decided to try with Sardinia, and
he gave us two beautiful routes on
dream rocks (“Por el pueblo oprimido”
at Monte Oddeu and “The sound of silence”
at Surtana) which immediately leapt
into the hit parade of the most repeated
routes on the island.
They cannot be compared to “Hotel
Supramonte” as to difficulty, but
it is interesting to notice that no
news on these two routes was released
by the specialized press. Fancy magazines
show us a world monopolized by super
heroes, but that is not the truth,
when we all meet at the beginning
of Paolo’s routes we discover we are
all human, we stop dreaming about
the “Hotel” holds, and we start to
climb only to have fun and really
be as we are and not as we would like
to be. That is why we have to thank
Paolo for coming to see us once again…
Do you love
your homeland or would you want to
live somewhere else?
I love Trieste very much as Dalmatia
and the Velebit.
How did you
Magazines and friends,
then a guide, I think Pietra di luna...
Do you come
I would like to but there
is so much to do in Dalmazia and I
have few spits and vacations left
rocks have something special?
The magic union sea/rock
as in Dalmatia and the silence in
Supramonte - maybe because I was there
only in the winter - but I believe
you also have crickets!
What if there
wasn’t the sea in Sardinia?
You would save the money for the ferry!
I’m kidding, I would come anyway,
but an island has a special charm!
like to live on the island?
Which one? In Sardinia certainly,
but there are also smaller ones (Corsica!).
impressed you the most?
The red Gorropu Gorges, the silence
in Tiscali, the industrial archaeology
in Masua and the Iglesias area, the
Aguglia and its blue sea and... in
the end almost everything!
a route which is worth a trip to Sardinia
Wait a munite, I would like to go
on Punta Giradili, but Monte Oddeu
and Surtana alone are worth a vists,
as well as Capo Testa!
And a route
that you would like to repeat?
La mia Africa with no thunderstorms
I bear no grudge.
you do if you lived on the island?
I would definitely open
routes too and I would drink lots
of good wine on the shore with my
friends from the island and the mainland.
Do you believe
that too many routes damage or increase
the value of an area?
It depends on the size
of the area and the manners of those
who go there, especially if guests.
Do you think
that there is enough space for everybody
on Sardinian rocks?
Why not, you just need
some imagination and good will.
And how long
will this last?
While there is rock there
is hope, negative tectonic movements
permitting ... !