Mountain Journeys

Lead rock climbing course – Hot rock!


Rachel leading at Murla crag in the Jalon valley

During the autumn Asti contacted us to book a rock climbing course for herself and two friends Rachel and Sylvia. None had climbed in this part of Spain before and for Sylvia it was to be her first time climbing outdoors, exciting times.

We had 2 and a half days to fit lots into, and we did.
Meeting at Sierra de Toix on Wednesday afternoon, everyone seconded a few routes up to 6a. We stayed until dark, taking time to watch the amazing sunset over Sierra Helada and Benidorm.

For Thursday we stayed local to our base in Llosa, choosing Alcalali crag for the morning.With a good mix of leading and seconding, and time spent on technical instruction, this was a very productive morning. By lunchtime, the crag had become busy, and hot! So we retreated to the coast and a little known venue near Javea. Overlooking a small bay by the sea, and with a good selection of quality climbs this proved to be the perfect afternoon crag for the girls. Everyone climbed 3 routes, including more lead climbing too. Then it was time for some exploration of the nearby cove and seashore, it's a holiday after all 🙂
Again we stayed for sunset and a darkish walk back to the roadside, fully making use of all the day.

For the final climbing day we stayed local again, this time Murla crag. The aim was to get plenty more leading done, so Murla works well for this, being a short crag, with easy access and friendly bolting. Lead climbs were achieved up to 6a, awesome!
The hot sun began to take its toll and with the arrival of a couple of friends, we retreated to a cafe. But no ordinary cafe. The amazing cake is only topped by the incredible sunsets from Coll de Rates. This was a fitting way to conclude the course, in a relaxed style but with a great sense of achievement felt by all.

Big thanks to Asti, Rachel, and Sylvia. A pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you all for more crag adventures soon.



Asti leading on the wonderful rock of Ambolo crag


Rachel at the top of a 6a -- check out the blue sky 🙂


Sunset from Coll de Rates after another brilliant day of Rock climbing



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