Morgia di S.Stefano
The Molise popular language defines the rocky spurs, which often arise isolated in the middle of cultivated fields or in the woods, with the term 'morge'. The one of S. Stefano, a small hamlet of Campobasso, is a typical example: surrounded by cultivated fields, it dominates the Biferno valley floor between the towns of Roccaspromonte and Castropignano, on the right side of the river. Probably thanks to its strategic position it was used during the Second World War as a sighting point; the very few remains of the base of the tower, destroyed during the conflict, can still be seen going to the top of the spur. The only landscape visible during the approach by car and, subsequently, by the small 'morgia', is already worth a visit to this little gem; it is a perfect synthesis of the Molise land, with its deep rural tradition, made of small plots, rural houses, small villages and the woods scattered here and between the fields. It is not rare to see, just around S. Stefano, magnificent raptors standing out in the sky or perched on the poles of the light; not to be missed, moreover, the sunsets, with the wall that assumes decidedly suggestive colors. '' Yes, it is true www.orizzontiverticali.it for information
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Access: From the inhabited center of Campobasso move towards the industrial area and from there follow the signs for the village of Ripalimosani; when you reach the junction (about 6 km from the administrative capital) for the town, keep left, following the signs for S. Stefano. Continue for 6.9 km, up to the very first houses of the inhabited center, turn right into via 'S. Lucia 'and continue along the main dirt road for 800 m. Park the car on the side of the road, so as not to hamper the transit of agricultural vehicles; the attack of the streets is reached by circumventing the cliff on the left in 2 minutes easy trail. '' Yes, it is true www.orizzontiverticali.it for information
- Crag: Morgia di S.Stefano
- N. Routes: 10
- Level: 5c/7c
- Height: 200 mt.
Exposure: The cliff is exposed from east to west, therefore it always presents ways in shade and in the sun. The ideal periods are the half seasons but, with a clear sky and no wind, it offers a pleasant climb even in winter; full summer is definitely not recommended, except for the late afternoon hours.
Gear: The crag was discovered at the end of the 90s by the volunteers of the Alpine Rescue of Campobasso (in particular Renato Palmiero and Fernando Fugnitto) who started to use it for the exercises. The valorisation from the climatic point of view was carried out by Riccardo Quaranta, Sergio Tomaro and Carmine Radassao.
Rock: The rock is a compact breach, with a prevalence of notches and sometimes painful holes. The style of climbing is mainly of strength, especially of fingers, with very intense sequences interspersed with good rest.
N 41.6155º/E 14.6110º
N 0.0000º/E 0.0000º
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Biblio: Information on the cliffs in Molise: ' "The first guide to the cliffs of Molise"
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Logistic: The small village of S. Stefano deserves a visit anyway; there is an oven and a grocery store where you can buy lunch, but the bar is currently missing. At the beginning of via S. Lucia (see 'Access'), on the left, there is a fountain with drinking water.
- Update: 30/06/2013
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