Mountain Journeys

Rock climbing, Big ridge scrambles, and Water skiing. It’s all here on the Costa Blanca


Matt & Rachel on the first summit of Segaria Ridge

After a brief rest we headed back to the local crags, climbing 6 routes. L’Ocaive crag provides welcome shade until mid-afternoon, making it an ideal venue for warmer days. The outlook is superb and it’s only a few minutes from the house, can’t fault it then!

The steep and sharp nature of L’Ocaive took its toll on our fingers so Friday called for a shorter crag session. We had plenty of admin to be doing anyway so that worked well. During the afternoon we did however venture over to the nearby Segaria TV crags, just for a look. Well, we packed climbing kit too, just in case. As predicted, it was peaceful and in the shade. We set about choosing routes, finding a couple of lines that looked enjoyable. Both routes we climbed here were very well bolted and gave interesting climbing on impeccable limestone, we’ll definitely be back for more. With easy access, great views over the valleys and to Pego marshes, there’s plenty to recommend this little known crag.
For the weekend we were joined by friends from Castellon. Their plan being to climb on the sea cliffs near Javea. We decided to tag along too and enjoy some rock climbing by the sea. Sonjannika is a 6 pitch climb of about 180m and provides stunning climbing in quite unbelievable positions on this massive cliff. The big bonus with climbing here is the nearby beach for post climb swimming in the warm sea.
On Tuesday I had work planned guiding Matt & Rachel over the Segaria ridge. However, a last minute call from our friend Ann and an invite for us all to go water skiing saw us postpone the ridge traverse and check out some water sports. We discovered that Rachel is a natural skier, with Matt and Kate being pretty good too, whilst I don’t have sea legs so had to get ditched for a while and sunbath instead. All in all a fantastic day all round.
Wednesday became our Segaria ridge day, so an early-ish start to give us a fighting chance. This narrow, rocky ridge is over 4km long and a traverse involves numerous pitches of rock climbing, 3 abseils, and a huge amount of airy rock scrambling on the sharpest limestone ever! We made swift progress to the base of the ridge, but already the sun was tiring us. We climbed about 4 pitches of rock before an easing let us revert to solo mode and a speeding of our movement. The nature of the terrain requires constant concentration at all times, so we made sure to have plenty of short breaks to let our brains recharge.
Our cut-off time at the big col was set for 2pm, we arrived at a staggering 12.30pm. This allowed us to ease off the power a little, enjoy more stops, and check out the views.
We took the time to re-equip an old abseil station, making it safer for us and those traversing in the future. More very airy scrambling led to our final abseil down to the Segaria TV crag, bringing with it some very welcome shade and a well deserved rest! The walk down was nice and easy, initially through pine trees, then orange grooves. We all arrived back suitably exhausted, out of food and water, but extremely happy with a satisfaction that only a big mountain day can bring.  
If you’re looking for an action packed holiday, short break, or a day out during your holiday here in Spain, give us a call / email and let’s make it happen. Rock climbing, mountain walking, scrambling, canyoning, and via ferrata.

View from Sonjannika, Cala Moraig



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