Typically, we have been trying to get out in the mountains as much as possible. Yesterday that involved exploring the Cresta del Maigmo ridge climb. This lies between the towns of Castalla and Agost, a little inland from Alicante. The mountains here are very quiet, empty in fact, despite their dramatic beauty.
Our planned route proved to be very accessible, only a 10 minute walk to reach the first rocks. We then had around 700 metres of increasingly exposed ridge to climb and scramble over. Due to the exposed nature of the terrain we remained roped for much of the route. As is normal for mountaineering routes, there are a few loose rocks here and there, but the majority of the ridge was nice and solid, giving brilliant scrambling throughout. Views in all directions are fabulous, with a mix of dense pine woodland, mountain, and Alicante city in the distance.
At a maximum grade of IV and mostly nearer to III, this makes for a good first ridge climb. There are plenty of escape options and it would be easy to vary the route to make easier / harder as desired.
The descent route proved quite tricky, although it is possible to take a regular walking path to the 'Balcon de Alicante', which would be longer but more straightforward.
Our chosen descent involved a steep gully, exposed traversing, and scree chutes. It all added to the adventure and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Happy New Year everyone. Thanks so much for checking out our blog and thanks too for all your good company out on the hills, in the gorges, and on the crags. We are very much looking forward to seeing you all during 2021 :-)
Mark & Kate