We planned to hike all around Mount Cofano and if possible get to the summit as well. It is the big mountain just above the town of Cornino, where we are staying.
We took the car to get to the start of the hike even if it was only 1.5km from where we stayed. We didn’t want to add a boring 3km to an already intense hike under extreme heat.
We started with the hike up the ridge, on the right side of the mountain. There were cows and huge stones that were escavated from a mountain nearby.
We got at an intersection where we had the opportunity to reach the summit. We decided to give it a try. The beginning was steep but technically easy. The next section was more like rock scrambling. At least it was marked with red dots. Tina is afraid of heights and it was becomming a challenge for her. Then we saw a lader with ropes to access the upper section of the mountain. It was balancing and was just next to a 250 meters high cliff. I knew Tina would not enjoy the way up, even less the way down. She opted for a little pause while I was given 30 minutes to run to the summit, take a few pictures and run back down. 🙂
Then we went down the technical section:
Once back at the intersection, we realized that we were low on water and we had over 6 km left to complete the loop, with high temperature, no clouds.
We decided to continue on and ration the water. We passed through a cave, and took that opportunity to eat our lunch in the shade.
We got back to the car a bit desydrated, with our bottles completely empty.
Later in the afternoon, we visited Erice. We even found a free parking up there. 🙂
We could see Mount Cofano in the back.
There is a castle at Erice. It makes nice pictures!
Erice is also nice to visit at night.
After such an extreme effort, we needed some sweets and bought some pastries in one of the most famous pastry shops in the area.