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Christmas trip to Sella, Costa Blanca

Sella panoramic view

Do you already know what to do during your Christmas holidays?

Well, you can stay at home, sit around a big table with relatives you haven’t seen for ages, make small talk, eating and drinking for days… but… if you are a climbing enthusiast like us and you are looking like crazy for a good winter destination where you can enjoy good climate, good company and good rock…

We have what you need:

Christmas trip to the beautiful spot of Sella, in the heart of Costa Blanca, Spain, where else?

Price per person: € 499 for one week

(from Saturday to Saturday)

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Our package includes:

  • 7 nights stay at our welcoming Casa / Refugio Font de l’Arc
  • 6 days of guided climbing at different crags in the area with our climbing guides from Rockbusters
  • Possibility to climb multi-pitch routes (to be agreed with the local guide)
  • Transportation from/to the airport Alicante on Saturday
  • Climbing gear (except climbing shoes)
  • Arrival dates on December 20th or 27th

Extras:

  • Airport pick up on a different day (+€ 25)
  • Possibility to book a homemade dinner at our Refugio (€ 10 per person)
  • Possibility to book two weeks (contact us for price info)

What is not included in the price:

  • Your travel and climbing insurance: make sure you have a policy which covers you during your climbing trip (some useful advice about travel, climbing & insurance here)
  • Flight tickets: book your flight as soon as possible to assure you the best fare!
  • Food and drinks: on our way back from the airport, we will stop at a big mall to buy the basic supplies for the whole week. During your stay you’ll be able to buy fresh food (bread, etc.) at the Village of Sella.
  • Climbing shoes: we provide all the climbing gear (rope, quick-draws, belay devices, but not the climbing shoes). We suggest to bring your own harness.
  • Sleeping bag and mat: the Refugio has a basic equipment, which includes a fully equipped kitchen, terrace, dining room, showers. The dorm is a spacious loft where you will camp with your own sleeping bag and mat.

Dining room Kitchen Dorm

About Sella (from Rockbusters):

Sella is one of the main crags in the Costa Blanca region.

This extensive area offers many different types of climbing. Easy and mid grade sport routes are found at the most popular main crags in the centre of the valley, whilst mid to harder grade routes are concentrated in steeper sectors like the famous Wild Side. There are also mostly bolted multi-pitch climbs in Pared de Rosaria as well as entirely traditional routes in Puig Campana. All of this on great quality limestone!

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Most of Sella’s  routes are up to 30 m of slabby or vertical,  fingery and technical climbing on little crimps and holes.

The Costa Blanca’s sunny weather makes it a brilliant climbing destination throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is from September until April. The most popular sectors in Sella have a Southerly orientation which makes them a perfect destination on sunny Winter days. Although the steep Sector Wild Side hardly ever gets the sun, summertime will generally be too hot unless you head for the North-facing crags like Pared de Rosaria.

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Sella is also very convenient in terms of accommodation, transport and cost. It is only about a one hour drive from Alicante airport. The nearest big city is Benidorm which is only 40 minutes away by car. It is easy to reach the Sella and once there you feel far away from the crowded Benidorm beaches. The Costa Blanca has a wide choice of all types of accommodation according to your taste and budget, ranging from package deals in Benidorm hotels to apartments and villas in Sella, Finestrat and Villa Joyosa. As there is a lot of climbing outside the main valley it is definitely worth hiring a car to make the most of your holiday. Don’t forget that in the Costa Blanca there is always an option of spending your rest days on the beach!

For bookings and any additional information about the trip, please send us an e-mail!

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Montserrat: multi-pitch route “Vendetta” at Roca Ponent, Vinya Nova

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Topo from www.tibalifort.blogspot.com

On a sunny November Friday we head to the magnificent Roca Ponent in the area called Vinya Nova on the South Face of Montserrat to climb the sports multi-pitch route “Vendetta”.

We park the car at the spacious parking just below the Restaurant Vinya Nova (5 minutes’ drive from both villages El Bruc and Collbató):  the wall is easy to identify looking towards the mountain into the wide valley behind the restaurant building. With a 20 minutes’ walk we reach the base of the Roca Ponent and from there we have to walk up a steep path with a lot of loose stones: better not to leave a big distance between you and your partner while walking up to reduce the risk of hitting him/her with a stone.

View from Roca Ponent

View from Roca Ponent

The route Vendetta is the first line of bolts from the left (there are two or three more routes on the same wall).  The route is 90 meters long, has three rope lengths (7a, 7a, 6c+) and is very well equipped. You just need 16 quick-draws and a single rope to climb it.

We start climbing around 1:00 pm, when the sun starts to warm up the rock (west facing). It’s a really perfect day with sun and clouds, no wind, good temperature for enjoying climbing in the sun without freezing nor sweating neither. So good!

Second pitch

Second pitch

The first pitch seems quite bouldery to both of us, with a single hard sequence on a vertical wall at the beginning and then easy on slab with good holds. The second pitch is a fantastic 40 meters vertical wall on good, medium, to small pockets. Good endurance is required! The last pitch starts a little bit uncomfortable on overhanging not very good rock, but the bad feeling is immediately over when you end up climbing on an aerial and very compact slab with a wonderful view down to the valley.

We manage the descent with three rappels (we have a 100 m rope) to the ground.

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At the end of the day, we enjoy a spectacular red sunset on the wall we have just climbed.

This was a very good outdoor activity for a relaxed Friday afternoon, a perfect warming up for the hard sport climbing weekend! ;)

Sunset on Roca Ponent

Sunset on Roca Ponent

Posted in Crags, Routes.


From Sweden to Montserrat

IMAG1804Last week we were glad to welcome Joakim from Sweden, who wanted to discover something new for him. He is an experienced climber, but had never tasted the special kind of rock we have got here: conglomerate!

Conglomerate is a clastic sedimentary rock that contains large rounded clasts. The space between the clasts is generally filled with smaller particles and/or a chemical cement that binds the rock together (definition by geology.com). There are many different kinds of conglomerate, more or less solid, with bigger or smaller clasts, with more pockets or more protruding stones. Here in Spain we have two more examples of good conglomerate crags, such as Margalef and Riglos.

Nevertheless the conglomerate you climb on in Montserrat is quite different from these two other crags. People say it is a “non commercial” climbing style, which means that if you are not used to it, it can be quite complicated to “read” the way up to an anchor and the difficult grade of most of the routes can appear very  hard. Usually you climb on slab or vertical walls and you have to rely on very small slopers, crimps or pockets. Strong fingers and a good feet technique are required. But, with just a little bit of experience, climbing in Montserrat can become very fun and give you great satisfaction. I promise!

ae4093f3cd69be4c7c551b12a406f0a2Climb In Spain arranged a two days climbing trip for Joakim with our local guide Lisi, the best specialist for climbing here in Montserrat. The first day was dedicated to sports climbing, the perfect way for the client to have a first contact to a new style of climbing and for the guide to test the level and skills of the client and decide what multi-pitch route is more suitable for him.

The first day Lisi and Joakim went to the South Face of Montserrat and enjoyed a wonderful sunny day climbing many single pitches between 5+ and 6b (5.8  to 5.10d). Joakim reports he had a lot of fun and he finished the day talking to his fingers, trying to wake them up :)

The second day they headed to the classic area Gorros / Sant Benet for a pleasant experience on a multi-pitch route, which they also enjoyed a lot.

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Who of you understands Swedish can read the enthusiastic report of Joakim on his blog www.utsidan.se. Otherwise you can ask google translate for help.

Thank you Joakim for visiting us! Looking forward to seeing you soon again!

Posted in Climbing Trips, Crags.


Beautiful Montserrat

Beautiful view from the sector El Vermell del Xincarró at the end of the climbing day

Beautiful view from the sector El Vermell del Xincarró at the end of the climbing day

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Delight climbing in Camarasa

 

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A view of the canyon, climbing sectors on the right

This year autumn seems to have no intention to arrive… here in Catalonia we still have a lot of sun and days with 23 degrees at noon…

Well, that’s not bad to have a relaxing day on the beach, or… to enjoy climbing in the shade in nice places like Camarasa for instance!

Considering the good weather forecast and taking advantage of the kindness of a friend who offered us her house for staying a couple of nights, last weekend we decided to head to Camarasa and discover the relatively new sector Cingles de la Llum. The sector is a beautiful limestone strip with about 30 routes from 6a+ up to 8a. Most of them are between 6b+ and 6c+, have 20 to 30 meters length and very good rock. The topo of the sector is included in the new edition of the climbing guide Lleida Climbs, and you can also find a hand made drawing on this blog.

At this time of the year the sector has shade until 3 or 4 p.m., depending on the route. Just perfect for climbing in the morning.

With less then 2 hours drive from Barcelona you reach the small town of Camarasa, pass it through, but don’t forget to make a quick stop at the bakery “Forn de Pa Capdevila” (just before driving out of the village, on your right) and buy some delicious cake or bread (not to be missed: the typical catalan “coca de recapte” with tomato, meat and pepper, and different kinds of sweet “cocas”).

About 2 km after the village, just before taking a rough curve on the left and crossing the bridge over the river Segre, turn right on the road which leads to the dam. Park at the end of the road and take an evident path which goes up to the crag following the electricity towers. You reach the sector in about 10 minutes.

We decided to have a relaxed but effective day of climbing and started climbing all the routes from the right to the left: L’illuminat, 6a+ (beautiful and technical dihedral), Llum del Nord, 6b+ (super fun and very long route on good holds, not to be missed!), La Via del Oscar, 6c (beautiful and recommendable), Hot Pot, 6c+, (also very good and not harder then the 6c), Ni Hao, 6c, and finally the vertical and very technical El Cau del Xoriguer, 6c+ (interesting balance moves on small holds).

Ended up tired but happy, having covered a distance of at least 150 meters rock!

 

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The day ends with a good cold beer at the bar Can Pere, talking about routes and crux moves with some friends who were climbing at different sectors such as La Selva or La Font.

If you want us to arrange a guided climbing trip to Camarasa or if you  are just interested in good lodging options around this area, please send us an e-mail!.

 

 

 

Posted in Articles, Crags, Taste menu.


Mallorca DWS and sport climbing trip

Save the date!

From October 18th to November 1st 2014

In Order to offer you more and more climbing trips and courses, Climb In Spain decided to start a collaboration with the international climbing guides team Rockbusters. They are all experienced climbing guides from different European countries, live in Spain or spend every year many months climbing in Spain and they all speak fluent English. They will guarantee you the best climbing experience!

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Mallorca, Cala Varques, Metrosexual sector

In October you may discover one of the best DWS and sport climbing destinations in Europe. Our professional climbing guides will show you around the area and make sure you will make the best of your days on the island.

Mallorca offers an incredible amount of top quality sport climbing sectors and some of the most famous DWS spots of the world: Cala Varques, Cova del Diable, Portocolom…

Famous climbers from all over the world are coming here to enjoy the good weather and rock conditions and have fun on the cliffs. These days for example the film production company Namuss Film from Barcelona is filming in Mallorca with Daila Ojeda, Olivia Hsu and Carrie Cooper, three beautiful and very strong female climbers. Soon they will publish nice videos and pics. Mallorca is always full of life!

Our trip proposal is designed mainly for climbers who already have got at least some indoor climbing experience (and know how to belay and tie on) and who want to improve their performance on the rock and get more deeply into the climbing culture. If you like, you will be provided with one-on-one coaching to get even more of your stay on the island.

How to get there? Book this offer, fly to Palma de Mallorca using one of many low-cost airlines, hire a car and start enjoying this magnificent island!

You can book this offer with a 40% discount if you make your reservation right now and through Climb in Spain!

Interested in joining? Read more about the trip!

Posted in Climbing Trips, News, Offers, Taste menu.


ROCKtober is here!

Margalef, Finestres sector

Margalef, Finestres sector

Hi to everybody!
October is starting, the best month for climbing here in Catalonia and the beginning of a long climbing season, lasting to the end of June. Yes, because autumn, winter and spring are all very good for tasting a little bit of Spanish rock.

Now the weather is amazing, the days not too short yet and climbing conditions are simply perfect… so… what are you waiting for?? It’s time to go out and climb!!

We were quite for a very long time, fully absorbed in other projects, and we are very sorry for having the blog and the web page forgotten for so long.

But now the crew Climb In Spain is back on work and we are up for putting online a lot of new content and special offers for you.

Our goal is still the same:  We want to make it easier for you to Climb in Spain. We organize climbing trips to Spain and especially Catalonia with everything you need: accommodation in a beautiful and well-located rural house, guided climbing with a qualified climbing guide, pick up service from/to the airport and all the transfers from/to the climbing areas during your stay.

We provide all the information you need and spare you all the communication and logistical problems related to the organization of your trip.

With us, you will discover the stunning walls of Montserrat, our home mountain, visit the most famous climbing areas such as Siurana, Montsant, Margalef and Rodellar and also discover many other little treasures, hidden in beautiful corners of Catalonia and the rest of Spain.

Very soon, we will publish our special reopening offers: stay tuned!

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House in Targasonne

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Looking for a good place to stay while bouldering in the excellent granite area known as The Chaos of Targasonne? Look no further, the Gite Chaos is what you’re looking for!

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Open last year and located only a kilometer from the bouldering this is the perfect basecamp for your bouldering vacation. If you’re interested, please send the friendly owner Roberto an e-mail at info@gite-chaos.com. And of course you find all information about pricing and rooms available at gite-chaos.com.

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Climbing on Ibiza

We received a mail from The Climb Ibiza-team regarding their new web page:

We visited you page today and thought you maybe interested in linking a page which we are currently working on.

climbibiza.wikidot.com/

It contains route information, crags, deep water soloing info and general information about climbing in Ibiza. The site is a wiki, so registered users can log in and edit route information, add new routes or post routes with bad bolts etc… In this manner it is the most updated information available on climbing in Ibiza.

Anyway you may be interested in providing a link from your webpage so more people will be able to access this information.

Let now hope we all get a chance to go to Ibiza and climb once in our lifetime. :)

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Video: Monrebei Masters

Our guides was quite busy last winter. Climbing a lot and putting up a couple of new long traditional routes in the impressive Monrebei-area. Now Lisi and Salva have put together a little film from their adventures. Thank you very much for sharing! This is a wild area and it’s not often you find interesting videos from climbing here.

More of this, please!

Posted in Routes, Site, Video.