Well, I have just returned from a 3 week climbing trip in Spain! Mary was there also. We basically tried to hit as many areas as we could in that time. Some we definitely had to stay at for awhile, or go back to, more than 1 day.
I usually go climbing in Zion or “the Creek” when I take my spring trips. This year, at the last minute, I decided to meet Mary in Barcelona as she had already committed to going there. I hadn’t been on a “sport climbing” trip in about 10 years. I’ve never been to Europe at all either. I knew the reputation of the climbing there was that it was “world class” and now the “Yosemite of sport climbing”. It is!
We started out in Barcelona where I flew in and stayed 1 night so I could get some sleep after the huge fight. Barcellona is cool city that bustles with locals, students and tourists. It has tons of restaurants and historic architecture.
As weplanned we then rented a car for 3 weeks and headed to Rodellar (row dee ar). I knew I would love it there, Tuffas and/or jugs on almost every route! We stayed there and cranked and drank cafe’ con leche’ ‘s for a week! Then it rained and so we moved on to the Lleida area which has “much o escalada”!
Next we stayed in house that some acquaintances had a deal on in Lleida. Thats when we hit up some climbing in the Camarasa, Santa Ana, Santa Linya and Margalef areas. It doesn’t matter what areas you go to climb in Spain, they’re all good! Margalef is little diferent because it’s a conglomerate rock and has pockets and cobbles and cracks on the same route!
Then some much needed resting on the beach in Tarragona.
Then we went to Suirana to finish the trip off. Suirana is awesome! Good camping, walk to everything, and a restaurant and bar on site.
After Suirana we hit a heat wave for the last 2 days of the trip. We did do one more route. We went in search of a multi-pitch route since we hadn’t done one yet. We found the perfect route for tired and hot climbers to do. It was a 4 pitch .10 alongside a river in Sharma’s town (yes, another Shwarma name drop). It had HUGE cobbles and was vertical and FUN! The perfect end to the month long Spain trip. I can’t wait to come back here…SOON!