A few hours after alighting the aeroplane at Alicante airport we had Joe on the big sea cliffs of Morro Falqui, here we enjoyed the classic 'Sonjannika' under bright blue skies. Just the tonic Joe needed after a winter in a grey middle England.
Thursday was spent at the secluded Viudes crag near Tarbena. This is high in the mountains yet feels and is sheltered, making it a good choice on chilly days too so long as the sun is shining, which it was. We climbed a number of very long single pitch routes here, until the sharp rock talked to our fingers and mentioned it was time to stop!
Friday brought a spell of inclement weather, so we had a recharge day, managed some climbing based retail therapy and squeezed in a Via Ferrata. Not bad hey.
On Saturday we welcomed the return of sunshine and spent the day at the nearby Pena Roja (Lliber) crag. Also joined by more friends we became a team of 5. I think the highlight for Joe & Miguel was the wonderful 6a+ route of La Llibertine. This is glorious jug pulling through steep terrain the whole way, magnificent.
For most of us Sunday was a rest day. For Kate things were somewhat different. 21km of mountain & trail running in the local 'fell race'. This race is part of the Pedreguer festivities weekend (one of numerous such weekends) and there were hundreds of competitors. As is normal here, the race is a big deal and well catered, with great organisation and a friendly / party atmosphere to it. Loads of families and folk of all ages out supporting competitors.
After quite a late night and not a great deal of sleep, Kate felt nervous about the race, but the nerves were unfounded, she won her age category and came in 8th lady overall. A sterling effort indeed, well done Kate :-)
Today (Monday) Joe was climbing with Ann whilst I showed Andzelika & Eugene the fine crags of Ambolo. Situated near to Javea and perched above a tiny cove with wonderful views out over the sea, this place is worth visiting for the non-climber. But if you do climb, well there's even more reason to come check it out. The rock is wonderfully sharp, pocketed Limestone. All the routes are single pitch and well bolted, starting at about 10m and the longest being around 30m. Best enjoyed during sunny afternoons and stay long enough to watch the sunset, well worth it.
It's a busy week ahead here so there'll no doubt be another blog on it's way before too long.
Thanks for reading. If there's anything we can help with, information about routes etc please feel free to get in touch anytime. We also still have some availability for guided days here in Costa Blanca between now and the end of March. From early April we will once again be back in the beautiful Lake District with all our usual offerings. We hope to see you here, or there.
Mark & Kate