Spanish Adventure

Last week, I headed off to Spain for a spot of climbing with my ole mucker and regular climbing  partner Big Nige. It was a cracking trip lots of climbing , banter and laughter and quite simply one of the best climbing trips I have been on for a while.

We climbed at the following crags, which are all contained in the Spain: Costa Blanca guide produced by Rockfax.

Our venue for the first day

Orihuela – Callosa Escuelas
This was our first outing on and this little crag didn’t disappoint. The limestone was almost pristine and we had the crag to ourselves. We ticked off 6 low grade routes as a precursor for the following days and I was pleasantly surprised by how well my back was holding up (on the Tuesday prior to the trip – just standing was pretty painful).

Yours truly belaying Big Big Nige on the second pitch of Prats

Marin – Sector Classico
Buoyed from the previous day we opted for a spot of multi pitching and our venue was Marin and once again the routes didn’t disappoint.

We saw two other pairs climbing at the crag so we pretty much had our choice of routes. Still nursing a sore back Big Nige took over lead climber duties and we hit three multi pitch routes and out the last route we abseiled back to the ground too. A super day out in great company.

Big Nige – checking out the venue the night before

Mula – Sector La Presta
Something had definitely clicked the day before and my back started to behave itself so we opted for a single pitch venue at Mule. This was a little busier than our previous crags and the rock a little more polished but being 10 minutes walk away from the car it was still worth it. Big Nige, by now was on fire so he took the role of lead climber and we ticked off 7 routes and we left the crag very content and possibly a little tired.

Our venue on the last day

Seirra de Toix – Toixe Far Oeste
This was a bit of a drive from our base but it was well worth the drive. Given its proximity to Benidorm it was quite a busy crag but we didn’t have too much of a wait between routes. Both the climbing and the views were spectacular We ticked off another 7 routes and have made plans to revisit to complete the main ridge traverse.

 

The pool lady

There were also some classic quotes from Big Nige – two of my particular favourites where

‘The cogs are whirring but nothing is connecting’ and ‘You stupid boy Pike’

Our next trip will be a little more UK based with a trip to the Cyfrwy Arete on Cadair Idris and a possible overnight expedition on the Rhinogs.

 

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