Mountain Journeys

Mountain walks and sport climbing on the Costa Blanca


On our way to Castell d'Axia

It’s been crazy busy here over the passed couple of weeks, so a bit slow on writing updates. 
As well as enjoying some wonderful walks, we spent a day showing Kitty, David, and Megan the delights of Limestone rock climbing at Marin crag near Alicante.
For visiting climbers Marin has quite an appeal for its location is such that it is a feasible ‘airport day’ crag. It’s a popular choice with locals too, and anyone staying north or south of Alicante can get to it pretty conveniently, so good for many. Add into the mix a very easy approach walk, stunning views, and a wide range of single and multi-pitch climbs and it’s easy to see why it can occasionally become busy here.
We started with a few newly bolted short routes near Sector Cuevas, these were nice warm-ups. We then enjoyed some scrambling on our way over to Sector Classico, here we climbed more newly bolted routes, these were longer and more demanding.
With temperature near perfect, the air clear, and the rock nice and grippy it was easy to make this a very enjoyable day, and it was, very enjoyable. As well as all the climbing, we looked at a few technical skills such as belay techniques and tying in to the rope using a figure of eight knot.
By mid-afternoon the sun was making us all feel a little weary, so with some further scrambling, we made our way back to the cars.
There’s been plenty of hiking going on here too. One route that quickly comes to mind is a circuit of Castell d’Axia (Castle of the princess), which we can start from our house in Llosa de Camacho. I was joined by a couple of friends Mila and Alex, both originally from Pedreguer so know the area well.
The route provides excellent walking that is constantly varied and with some great views, even as far as to Ibiza!! The route is mostly straightforward to follow and on good paths with way-marking. The remains of the castle are barely visible, but as the castle was on the summit, it’s super impressive up there anyway. Some rain joined us for the return walk, but this simply added to the adventure and feeling of wilderness. We covered around 15km in 4 hours 30 minutes, with lots of ascent too, so were all quite pleasantly tired upon arriving back at Llosa.
A cracking few days spent with lovely people.

Enjoying a fine outlook and great climbing at Marin



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