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Bouldering in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada

Working us through the E-Bloc guide, we of course had to try some conglomerate bouldering in Sant Joan! A bit tricky to find the way though, and the old sign that said “Fiasa” was very old. This pretty small area offered a nice parking lot (read: campsite), some really cool lines and, believe it or not, a whole bunch of local climbers! It was really nice to meet some locals who were more than happy to show us around and give valuable beta.
To be honest, the nicest lines were pretty hard. The Missil boulder in the picture below is just a boulderers dream. Hardest line climbed so far is 7c+ (be aware: the guide book shows the wrong line, according to the locals) and is probably worth some work if you have strong shoulders (and long arms…)

More Missiles
Anders on the Missile boulder. Topout is a little to the left.

The Submari sector, which is situated in the middle of the boulder area, has some really impressive boulders. They are very high though, but landings are mostly perfect. Here you’ll also find some nice and technical 6a’s of a reasonable height.

Hard 6a in Sant Joan
Me on hard, and beta-depending, 6a in Submari 1.

The locals confirmed what’s said in the guidebook about some other boulders lying somewhere apart from the main area. We saw some but didn’t put much effort in searching, but if you go to Sant Joan for a longer time you will probably start looking for some more stuff to hang on to.

And at last, don’t try to drive all the way up after rainfall if you’re not a lucky owner of a 4WD vehicle.

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