In January 2010 a new route was established on Monte Ginnircu at Baunei, Sardinia. A first pitch was created in 2007 by Fabio Palma and Matteo Della Bordella, and in January Fabio Palma joined forces with Domenico ‘Dodo’ Soldarini to complete the line.


The new route runs 15m to the left of “Oltre confine” (first ascended by Palma, Della Bordella and Soldarini) on the rock face dubbed “Amor de mi vida” on Monte Ginnircu, Sardinia. Genius offers 7b obligatory climbing and although the second pitch still awaits a free ascent, Palma describes the line as “one of the most beautiful in Sardinia and further afield, too, thanks to the incredible way the rock has been sculpted. According to Palma the Monte Ginnircu is “a great challenge for routes first ascended ground-up. There is no other face, in Sardinia and perhaps the entire Mediterranean, with a potential for new routes like this one.”

fabio Palma sulla via Genius, foto Riky Felderer, L3

GENIUS by Fabio Palma
In the beginning we called it Murales, but we had to change the name, I’d forgotten that there was a route nearby with the same name climbed by Maurizio Oviglia. The name therefore is Genius and I think the name is perfect, seeing that during the many days spent establishing the route I started off the day writing my book which has the same title.

Those who have seen the route were as amazed as us by the incredibly sculpted rock on many pitches, really unique. From a technical point of view it is certainly the most demanding on the entire face.

What remains is one pitch still to be freed, this shouldn’t be too difficult, ( THAT SINGLE PITCH WILL BE FREED BY MATTEO DELLA BORDELLA two years later, 8a+/8b) and many memories connected to the start (2007 with Matteo), the continuation (2008 and 2009 with Dodo) and the “guests” (Paolo Spreafico, Luca Matterella and Riky Felderer).

I think that my relationship with this rock face, which is the way Mount Ginnircu opens up onto the sea and which I called “Amor de mi vida”, has come to an end. The other possible lines offer difficulties which are inaccessible for me unless I switch to a style of first ascending which I, which we, have always avoided.

Dodo and I fought hard against the pitch which remains to be freed, for 5 consecutive days during the first ascent and with the strong doubt that we wouldn’t be able to climb it. It’s obvious that we need to pass the baton to others for harder routes, unless that are unpredictable leaps in our ability.


BLUE LINE: E non la vogliono capire
RED LINE: Genius
GREEN LINE: Oltreconfine

The most beautiful memory is linked to the opening of the second pitch, the most difficult. A week to open it, which was like this: 
I woke up at six, and I started writing. Dodo got up at 7. I kept writing, I was finishing Genius, the novel, until 11, and I reached the beach. 
At 13 we left and we were on the wall for 15, just gone in the shade, and from there began the fight. A battle that mentally defiled Dodo, w
ho could not take it anymore !! How many flights did we have on the obliged section, which I think is from the parts of the 7c? A whole day, 
to get out of it. With Dodo discovering an absolutely invisible grip and ... 
I do not say anything else, I then find a balance on the fifth flight at least, and then the fight to stop, and put the bolt. 
To continue, it would have been a forced 8th, but I did not have the heart.
The length later meets the most sculpted rock I've ever met, a real natural gem. 
Even here, some flights, more than ten meters, but safe. Then a pull on the 6th of Dodo, which on my encouragement decided to continue without protection, 
resulting in the discharge of swear words.

Then, in the overhanging part, a shot that I opened all of me, fighting for two days, and the length of the roof that Dodo ... 
well, I was doing it from laughing, stopping, listening to his "fears". Matteo intervened only in one shot, the first from the ledge, 
which I started and continued him, pulling out a forced 7b of great class and aesthetics. Two days even there for a length ... 
finally the two final pitches, about 6c, with distant bolts
I suspect that a break start is a bit of a strong heart, I do not know.

Mount Ginnircu, Sardinia, Italy
Grade: 6b, 8?, 7b+, 6a, 7c+, 7c+, 7c, 6c, 6c
7b obligatory.
Gear: a set of camming devices will be found useful. Run-out protection.
First ascent: Fabio and Matteo one pitch in 2007, Fabio and Dodo all the other pitches.
Note: Grades confirmed by Paolo Spreafico. The second pitch is estimated to be about 8a+.

Fabio Palma sulla via Genius, foto Riky Felderer