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Sport climbing holiday – in Sunny Spain

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Fine views from El Bovedon crags, Gandia

Over the last few days we've welcomed back Rachel for her 3rd climbing trip to Costa Blanca this winter!

Each day we climbed at a different crag and over the course or her stay climbed at:

Echo valley: this area is home to a wide variety of crags, from single pitch bolted routes to multi-pitch trad adventures. We enjoyed 8 friendly routes at Echo 1.5

Bovedon (Gandia): Just north of our Llosa de Camacho base, lie these wonderful crags with a massive amount of routes. The local climbing scene around Gandia is strong and this is ever apparent when visiting the Bovedon crags, with so many newly bolted routes. Today we were also joined by Stig from Norway and Kate was climbing with us too. Can't remember how many routes we all climbed, but the highlight for us all i'm sure was a big pitch of 6b+ 'Jovenes a los 70' (young at 70)! The rock at Bovedon is super sharp, by the end of the day all our fingers were feeling battered and shredded, but still we walked away from the crag just before sunset as the magical light shone over the orange groves and onto the rocks, beautiful.

Sierra de Toix & Morro Falqui: Today the weather didn't play ball and a little rain came along!! So we delayed our climbing and instead had an explore of the Mascarat gorge prior to touching rock at Toix. This plan worked well as the rain stopped and the rock dried almost instantly 🙂 We were joined by Steve from the Midlands and we climbed a couple of mega long pitches before Steve took the led over on Toix Far Oeste. More rain came our way and we rain away! Me & Rachel drove north to seek the shelter of Morro Falqui and the classic 'Coming Out'. As expected, this was completely dry and sheltered from any rain and we enjoyed another fab climb before it was time for Rachel to make her way to the airport 🙁 

Temperatures have risen over the last few days and currently conditions here are perfect for climbing on most of the valley and mountain crags.

Thanks to Rachel, Stig, Steve, and Kate

Mark

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Cragging at Echo valley with views of Ponoch beyond

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Rachel cruising 'Coming Out' at Morro Falqui

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Kate & Don - enjoying another sunny day at the crag

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