Camping out in the wine district of Priorat
Climbing in the province of Tarragona, home to Siurana, Montsant and Margalef, can be more than intense. So why not mix up the hard climbing with some great cultural experiences? And when the culture we’re talking about is wine – who can resist! Maybe you didn’t know but DO Priorat and DO Montsant are known as two of the best and most exclusive wine areas in Spain with plenty of price winning wines.
The impressive terraces of Priorat
The main village for Priorat is called Gratallops. Around this village you have about 15 wine producers and some impressive installations to visit, a lot of money has been invested here the last decade. All wine producers offer tasting and guided visits. It’s best to call ahead or pass by and ask when the next visit is and be prepared to come back, especially during the harvest season (september-november) they have several visits every day that you normally can join.
If you’re in Siurana you can visit a the local vine cooperate in the village of Cornudella de Montsant with very good wine.
Tasting the wine from Scala Dei
If you want to find the roots of the Priorat wine you can visit Scala Dei. The wine the monks produced in the old monastery brought a lot of money to the area, if you decide to drive the extra 5 minutes up to the monastery (now in ruins) you’ll see this first hand.
Olive oil in chocolate with sea salt on top – taste explosion!
Next doors to Scala Dei is a small olive oil shop. We had a proper oil-tasting, starting with drinking it from a cup, then trying with bread and a special breathing technique(!) and ending with chocolate, their top oil and sea salt. Wow, what an explosion! The woman running in the shop told us that all the oil they sold was from her own land, her son was now responsible for the production. Really a great, great experience! And of course we came out from there with 3 liter of price winning olive oil…
So, during your next visit to this beautiful corner of the world make sure to add some wine culture to your climbing trip. And for the full experience, of course you should rent a van through Climb in Spain and sleep in the middle of the vineyards!
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These last months were a fun climbing season, travelling up and down through Catalonia, meeting new people, consolidating old friendships, enjoying life outdoors, good food, good company and good climbing conditions. This is my personal photographic homage to the past winter. Hope to have an even better one next year!
November, 22nd, 2014 – Climbing at Balcó de la Ermita in Margalef and meeting new friends. So many nice people climbing around…
December, 2nd, 2014 – Discovering a new amazing crag in the province of Huesca, Aragón. San Pelegrin… simply good!
December, 10th, 2014 – Some friends from the Pyrenees discover Montserrat. Sun, rock and a lot of fun!
February, 7th, 2015 – Freezing cold days in Margalef… sometimes, instead of climbing, you just pick up your backpack and go hiking for getting warmed up…
February 12, 2015 – Easy cloudy Friday: climbing a three-pitches sport route at Roc d’en Betriu, Perles
February, 14th, 2015 – Re-discovering old crags around Barcelona, such as Pas de la Mala Dona (Garraf). Fun vertical to slightly overhanging routes with tufas and as extra feature you can enjoy sun and a peaceful sea view.
February, 15th, 2015 – After a delicious breakfast at Vilafranca del Penedés, we head to Coll de la Barraca, another small crag 1 hour drive from Barcelona, where you can find short and bouldery routes on good limestone.
February 20th, 2015 – Best breakfast ever at La Vinya Nova in Collbató and then multi-pitching again: this time the route is El Kraken at the Pastereta area of Montserrat South.
February 27th, 2015 – Short trip to Thailandia 😉 In this case it isn’t an Asian country, but rather an amazing crag, lost in the middle of the natural park of Garraf. Tufas, tufas and much more tufas!!
March, 1st, 2015 – Projecting in Siurana. Still one of my favorite crags.
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It is a not very usual sight, but this year we have got it! So we want to share this spectacular and rare view with you. February 2015: big snowfall in Catalonia. And Montserrat looks like that…
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On the Road
In collaboration with rockbusters
The Spanish Road Trip has already become a classic for rockbusters people — every year at springtime they offer you the great opportunity to get to know the best crags on an exciting trip on the road. You’ll get in touch with real Spanish climbing lifestyle, enjoy the best Spanish rock from excellent limestone, to sandstone and conglomerate, and taste all the climbing styles, from vertical fingery lines in Siurana or Montserrat to overhanging boulders in Albarracín.
Next trip scheduled: from April 04, 2015 to May 02, 2015.
Read more about this trip: here
For bookings, information and details, please send us an e-mail!
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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)
You can find all the information and details about this trip: here
For bookings and any additional information about the trip, please send us an e-mail!
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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
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!
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.
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
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Last 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!
Climb 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.
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!
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