Mountain Journeys

First few days back on the Costa Blanca

So we're back out on the Costa Blanca, and yes it's very sunny as is so often the case.

After the 35 hour drive from Ambleside I was feeling a little worse for wear and a rest day was in order, so me & Colin had a day by the pool and did some shopping.

Saturday came and the crags were calling, but still wanting to take it easy we opted for single pitch on the Toix crags of Calpe. A good afternoon was enjoyed climbing straightforward routes with a few thought provoking moves here and there.

On Saturday evening a few more friends arrived and on Sunday we had a team day at Murla crags in the Jalon valley. Having visited before but not climbed on this crag I was super keen to try it out. Although short, the routes pack a punch, many with slight overhangs right at the start!

Deb & Graham ticked a load of routes in the 5 to 6 range. We enjoyed a few 6's but today was far more eventful than that. Anna & Colin both led their first ever sport climbs, top effort from both.

The sun beat down on the crag all afternoon, the warm Limestone, sharp to the touch and providing plentiful thought provoking moves gave us a delightful day of single pitch 'cragging'. This is what the Costa Blanca is so good at.

The photos below give an idea of the crag and what we were up to. The first is Anna going through the process of what to do at a 'lower off' on a sport climbing crag, this was in preparation for her first lead of this kind. All went very well.
The second shot give an overview of this part of the crag - short but sweet.

Tomorrow Anna, Colin and another friend Kim will traverse the Bernia ridge whilst myself and Jill are on walking duties with Don, circumnavigating the Bernia with a visit to the Fort along the way.

We have good availability for January. So if you're thinking of escaping the UK weather for a few days or a week, and would like to try 'sun rock' or 'multi-activity' please do get in touch. 

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