Mountain Journeys

Big canyons, learning to lead, and artisan markets of the Costa Blanca

We've had a fabulous few days of adventure, taking in so much wonderful scenery along the way. Even our rest day was rather action packed!

On thursday we spent a day in the Val de Gulabdar (or Echo valley) where we climbed during the morning and ventured into the nearby canyon during the afternoon. The canyon was damper than expected which led to exciting times for our wheel-spinning feet. Nevertheless it was good to be in the shade offered by the deep gorge.

Friday was the big canyon day! The awesome Barranco del Infierno. This is a very special place, full of atmosphere, and challenging until the very end. Everyone did really well and emerged from the canyon in time for a late lunch and time to reflect on the magical place we had been.

Saturday is market day in Jalon, so we all went to market in search of bargains. A few were found that's for sure.
The day was not without activity though, for a visit to Murla crag was in store for the afternoon. We climbed around half a dozen routes up to 6a. Both Edd & Lauren had more time on the sharp end too, leading a good pitch of 4+ - top effort.

Thanks for for these great times.



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