Welcome to the Rodellar 2010 Upskill Climbing Camp. New places, new faces! The aim? Heaps of super enjoyable limestone, learning, improvement. Have a holiday, go home with skills! I've been waiting for this one for a while :)
So, Rodellar! What are we talking here? North east Spain, three hours from Barcelona. Limestone. 400 climbs. Lots of tufas, lots of very impressive steep routes!
|Rodellar as marked. Sport climbing centre of the universe.|
|The first walk in through the village of Rodellar never fails to impress.|
|Yeah, this goes alright!|
Day one of climbing saw us head to La Fuente which is a great sector for cleaning out the cobwebs and getting some ticks under the harness. 18 routes, slabs, 5 to 6b+ (16 - 21) on very solid limestone peppered with deep pockets. Every route has something to recommend it.
|The TEAM get their first taste of Rodellar limestone. Go team!|
|May has laser focus on Los Jumbis, La Fuente sector.|
|One of my faves on the sector, Ta Fiole Con Tonica. May leading. The amazing cave in the background has some impressive Dani Andrada 9a roof routes.|
|Kirill highsteps on Que Pasa Oues, Zagal. La Fuente.|
|How nice is that for a backdrop? The water really is that green!|
We climbed until about 7:45pm and at the end of the day, we all had at least five or six routes in the bag. Don't you love Spain?
That night it rained. And hard! And as we'd planned to eat out at the nice Kalandraka refugio, there was some walking involved. Through the torrent. Not a problem for those with Gore-Tex and umbrellas. But me? Well, I had to make my own Gore-Tex.
|I'll stay dry, let me tell you! Later: "Holy shiiiiittttt"|
El Camino was the sector for the morning. This is a sweeping concave wall of blocky orange limestone. 30 routes between 5 and 7b+ (16 - 26). Very popular with the punters, but we mostly had it to ourselves which was a welcome bonus.
|Que Majete 5 (about 16-17) was our warm-up route. Technical and slippery down low!|
|Kirsty samples the horizontals on Que Majete, El Camino. Almost like the Blue Mountains!|
|Alright WTF!? Who's the wise guy??|
|Kirsty takes a big whipper off the classic Bugs Bunny 6a+ (19). Great soft catch practice. You can see by looking at the sweep of the wall that El Camino is steep!|
|May cranks the initial overhang of Bugs Bunny 6a+ (19)|
|The techno section of Bugs took its share of scalps today. Kirill negotiates the trickery.|
The afternoon saw us at Furia Latina sector (aka Furious Latina Pasta) down on the river. The route of choice was Bolskan 6b (20). Kirsty bravely racked up for the onsight and did super well through the bouldering opening crux. A bizarre mantle over a roof foiled the onsight, but a second shot and it was in the bag. Nice! Not to be outdone, Kirill utilised his patented high step to rock-over the roof and flash the route. Top effort!
The walk out was just a little slower than usual as Sam implemented a blackberry collection competition. Blackberries grow wild all around the cliffs and on the menu for desert was pear and blackberry crumble with whipped cream. I just finished mine - yum!!