Jan 09 11
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New Year on the Costa Blanca proved to be much warmer than the UK. After a stressful incident at the airport with ropes – 2 out of 3 allowed through as hand luggage, the other refused resulting in an excess baggage charge of £80 [be warned] – we arrived at Benidorm caravan site, 3500+ vans. :eek:

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Monday we went to Marin via a wet Toix West, lots of slab climbing.
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Tuesday saw us head north to meet expat AMC member Dave at Aventador. More slabs but steeper.
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New Year’s eve we joined the hordes at Toix West. New Year’s day up to Echo 1 for Via Esther; 4 pitches of trad no bolts!
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Friday saw us at Sella, probably the Costa Blanca’s most popular venue, followed by dinner at Molli 2 [under new management?]. Rain stopped play on Saturday, though no one seemed to care probably due to sore fingers and toes! Sunday was an early flight home to a very cold UK brrrrrrrr!

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