Thursday, 24 November 2011

Espolon Central Direct

Ron, Ian and I went to Puig Campana today for some climbing and walking. The weather was great and very much appreciated after the heavy rain of the past two days.
Ron and I climbed Espolon Central Direct then abseiled back down to where Ian was enjoying the sun, views and our picnic. After lunch we walked around Puig Campana to pick up the summit track to walk back to Font de Moli and found some caves to play in on the way.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Marin - a return trip

Back to Marin for some more cragging. Lots of photos on Ron's blog here.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Cuevas de Canalobre

Heavy rain forecast so we went to visit the cavern at the Cabezon d'Oro, fantastic limestone stalgmites, stalactites, walls, shapes...all sorts!of weird features dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Warm and dry too which was not what could be said about the weather outside!
Photos were not allowed in the cave.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Barbeque at the villa

Ian doing the cooking!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Cragging at Marin - pockets, puddles and red dots

Ron and I had to drive to Alicante to pick Ian up from the airport in the evening so we took the opportunity to visit Marin sort of on the way! We found the rock on the lower grade multi-pitch routes a bit polished and certainly the rock on the harder routes seemed much better. Whilst the rock was dry, many of the pockets were filled with water and Ron even discovered a small pond at one of the belays.
At the bottom of the crag I found a moving, little red dot which, on closer examination, turned out to be some kind of bug. After a bit of googling it appears to be a predatory running mite!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Rain and thunder

Heavy rain, thunder and strange clouds over Puig Campana.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Cragging at Echo 1.5

A damp day but we still managed to get a bit of cragging at Echo 1.5 before the rain began.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Via Julia, Puig Campana

Another great day at Puig Campana climbing Via Julia and ending up with a bit of climbing on Espolon Central to reach the abseil point for the descent.
More on Ron's blog, click here.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Cragging at Echo Playa, Echo Valley

Some cragging locally with rain not far away. Photos on Ron's blog here.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Cragging at Castellets

A pleasant day cragging at Castellets, a new area for us. We had the crag to ourselves and climbed some of the sport routes in the Flakes area.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Echo Valley - Mistaken Identity and the villa

Back to Echo Valley again today. It's great to have such a good climbing area right on the doorstep!
Ron and I climbed Mistaken Identity on Echo One, The Bay and encountered some large and prickly bushes on our way to the first belay. Above was some lovely slab climbing with a fun little overlap to pull through.
Back at the villa, Ron obviously had not had enough of prickly bushes as he went exploring amongst the orange trees in the garden!
More pictures from Ron on his blog, click here.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Echo Valley - Gecho at Echo and Diedro Edwards

Another day of sunshine and blue sky so Ron and I went climbing in Echo Valley on Diedro Edwards, one of the classic multi-pitch routes of the area.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Puig Campana

Just a few photos from today - a beautiful sunny day on Puig Campana.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Sunny Spain

After arriving in Spain on Saturday to find the weather was actually better back home, it was great to get a lovely sunny day today to get out climbing in Echo Valley on the trad route, Diamond Solitaire. Surprisingly this route doesn't get any stars in the guidebook but it gives some fun climbing up slabs and steep corners, especially the second pitch.
We did get some cragging on Monday on the sport routes at Echo 1.5 before the rain began!
For more photos from Ron click here.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Lots of trips to Moy

I think this must be the lazy way to update my blog with all our recent trips to Moy! Here are the links to Ron's Blog where he has uploaded lots of pictures. Click on the date to see these.
Monday 24th October - 7b clip up
Friday 28th October - cragging and chatting
Sunday 30th October - almost november
Tuesday 1st November - 1st november in the highlands
Thursday 3rd November - dry rock and plus 16 celsius