At the end of February I bought a brand new 2016 Ford Transit 150 cargo van. More specifically it's a regular wheel base (130"), low roof with 60/40 side cargo doors. Extra options include cruise control (essential for any sort of long distance driving) and an upgraded 6-speaker stereo with Ford SYNC. Of course it's in a classy "builder's white".
Beata and I flew out from London on Friday 26th June 2015 arriving at Verona airport around 9:20PM. We picked up a pre-booked hire car at the airport and drove north on the A22 toll to Arco, arriving at our campsite around 11PM (this was a problem -- see below!). We flew back Sunday July 5 giving us eight full days to climb (not including rest days).
We both agreed we would not want to do it without the car. We drove to all crags, stashed our gear and stealable equipment and used it extensively on rest days. For €75/each for a cheap car it was a no-brainer for us.
As 2011 draws to a close I've taken a train journey to the north as an opportunity to select photos that represent my climbing throughout the year. The past twelve months have been really great; I've had the opportunity to climb with new people, on new routes in some great new locations.