Friday, 7 January 2011
Road to Rodellar
We have just arrived back in town, after spending the last week and a bit out in Rodellar in Catalunya. We flew out on Boxing Day to Barcelona and headed to the tiny little village of Rodellar where we spent the next 9 days climbing in the gorge and staying at the Kalandraka refugio. We were joined on the second day by Jersey’s latest export Ted Kingsnorth. The next few days were spent enjoying some of the best limestone sport climbing around and we had a great time out there!!
We realised that most of the famous, steep tuffa lines would be wet but new that there would be enough routes to pick and choose from. In the end we climbed some awesome lines. Highlights included onsighting some radical 7b+’s such as the famous Pince sin rire and then doing one of the best routes ever Made in Mascun 7c+. I also nabbed a few cheeky redpoints of Gracias Fina 8a and El lado oscuro de la fuerza 8a+. Ed got pumped after doing the amazing 40m Evasion 8a+ (after hold loss), another 8a+ and finished in style with an ascent of El salto del angel for his second 8b+.
We basically had the gorge to ourselves each day! Again the Kalandraka were great and a big up must go to Alexandra and Sole for helping us out and organising a great party of New Years Eve.
Back in the UK now and keen to start getting out a bit more, if the weather ever lets us. Plans are to get a few more Grit routes under the belt and some trips over to Malham. We are also saving up to buy a van for a summer Roadtrip. Venga Vamos!!!!!