Today was one of those stand out days as we had the immense pleasure of introducing Edd, Lauren, and Arnett to the atmospheric climbing area known as 'Pirates of the Caribbean. I've climbed with Edd and Lauren for quite a few years now, introducing both to the delights of the Costa Blanca and teaching them a few skills and tricks along the way. To see them alternate lead this super classic 6a+ multi-pitch sea cliff today was wonderful, and they both cruised it.
I was climbing with Arnett who has only this week started climbing outdoors and today he tried abseiling, for the first time! Baptism of fire comes to mind here. 55 metres of free-hanging abseil into a sea cave is pretty intense, but he totally cruised it, loved it in fact. Whilst it isn't the ideal ground to be taking in new skills, I think Arnett still did go away with a better understanding of the skills required for multi-pitch climbing. Not that today was about learning, it was about soaking up the atmosphere of this place, simply unbelievable that a 6a+ climb can navigate through such a cave!!
Each pitch has character and interest, all are steep but with big holds throughout. Good footwork and technique pays dividends on this terrain, make sure those arms stay straight lots and weight is on your feet.
Arriving at the top we had a chill out whilst watching Edd and Lauren finish the top pitch, then it was back to Toix Far Oeste for some single pitch cragging as the sun dipped over Benidorm.
Another fantastic day of climbing, big thanks to Edd, Lauren, and Arnett.