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Boy-Roca in Montserrat

Belaying after the 3rd pitch

Another good weekend of climbing started with a bouldering session on sandstone in Savassona, a day on granite in Solious on Saturday and finally another amazing Montserrat-adventure on Sunday.

Clipping the first bolt
Clipping the first bolt

Adventure route? But isn’t it bolted? Yes indeed, like many of the routes in Montserrat it is bolted. But what does this mean? In this case only that you don’t need to bother with too many quickdraws on the first pitch. You need exactly one quickdraw and you will only get to use it if you actually find the one bolt in 50 meters… On the photo above Bàrbara is just about to clip it, after that she safely could do the next 10 meters to the anchor.

Me and Bàrbara following pitch two
Following the second pitch

Pitch 2 offers more run out but two bolts and no ground fall. Pitch 3 was aided during the first ascent, giving me the chance to free climb an amazing 6a+. So perfect!

At the top!
At the top

Pitch 4 and 5 gives way to more easy climbing and after that you have arrived on the top of this very nice tower with views on the Pyrenees, Barcelona, the sea and of course the rest of Montserrat. I really enjoyed this route and I look forward to many, many more of these classic Montserrat climbs!

Topo
Currently off-line but it will be available at La Noche del Loro. Look for Montserrat -> Sant Benet -> Elefant.

Update: Here is the topo.

Gear
Double rope & 14 quickdraws.

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  1. pere says

    Hi!
    Just to give more information, in this blog you’ll find the explanation and some pictures of the restauration of this route first climbed in 1959, and re-bolted in 2008:
    http://pescadordestels.blogspot.com/2008/07/restauraci-via-boy-roca-lelefant.html

    The route is amazing because it follows all the trunk of the Sant Benet’s Elephant!
    Cool post dude! 😉



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