What a special gift! But I couldn't show my happiness, because I was afraid to trouble Antonino, that lived in those caves. So, one day (I guess the day after we established the first routes in Pablo), I went there alone, and I apologized for the hassle. Antonino looked at me with eyes full of excitement and said: ”My friend, take it easy, and live these moments!“
For years I have had troubles with the landowners, and also with the local authorities, his words encouraged me.
In the end, we finished and we were ready for the big party, Antonino, for the occasion, did the best to rearrange his little cave, and prepared a table filled with all sort of Palermitan delicacies.
The day of the party……….. it rained as never in Palermo. The climbing spot was named Pablo in honor of a visionary kid, and it seemed to us happy with the streams of water caressing its shiny rocky skin.
I went back to Sicily after many years, to set another area, with a very long approach: Mezzogiorno di Pietra.
Pablo, after the first enthusiasm, was abandoned, Antonino was gone, maybe moved in another cave, maybe with a sea view. Many guys had left climbing or Sicily. Only my friend Igna was still there.
Fabrice, after fighting so long, was no longer among us, but those colors, those shapes, those rocks remind us of his memory and his passion.
Pablo is all this, and now that, fortunately, lives a new life, I hope that it becomes a classic destination for every traveling climber. Pablo, eternal rock in a living city. Ciao Pablo
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