Just back in the UK from a ace extended week in the Costa Blanca. There was a massive gang of people there over the New Year period and so we were lucky enough to snag a doss with our friends Steve & Sandra! 😀
Here are a few pictures from the trip…
El Diamante follows the pillar in the centre just right of the pale yellow area in six pitches. Although I managed to spurn the 6a+ pitch thinking it looked too easy! What a fool. Ah well, I climbed a nice 6c pitch instead! 😉
Steve figuring out the line of the penultimate pitch of El Diamante
Steve happy back on the ground after El Diamante, and with no stuck ropes after all the abseils!
Clair on the abseil approach to Magical Mystery Tour – the ladders are a relic of fishing (or perhaps smuggling given the theme of the route names hereabouts). They are VERY unsafe, dropping some 40 metres attached to the rock with nothing more than electrical flex in places!
Clair on one of the easy traverse pitches of Magical Mystery Tour
Looking back to the belay on the penultimate pitch of Magical Mystery Tour – Clair led the last crux pitch – good job!
A select gang enjoying a more traditional Spanish dinner at a tiny local restaurant in Calpe
Steve starting the second 6a+ pitch of Vuelo del Aguila in the Mascart Gorge, a tricky chimney carried on above Steve
The top of Vuelo del Aguila with the Penon and Calpe beyond
Laetitia walking on New Years day – on the way to take a peek at the Barranc de l’Infern
The waterway scenery below of the technical section of the Barranc de l’Infern
The supposed “duck” at the end of the technical sections of the Barranc de l’Infern – how deep does the water have to be to make this in to a duck?!
Crowded scenes at the climbers gathering bar, the Arenal
The stunning abseil in to the Parle sea cave
Steve climbing out of the awesome (a word that is used too often, but in this case correct) Parle sea cave
Pete, Keith, Fiona, and Steve at Toix West – enjoying a chat, the sun, and then some more routes!
The gang at the new crag De L’Atzúvia (not in the Rockfax guidebook). Many of the routes were not properly shown on our poor topo, and most were graded “approximately” – anyway I did a great 6c route to finish my trip on! 🙂 Venues