torek, 10. februar 2015

España 2014-2015

After coming home from Petzl RocTrip I couldn't stay long in rainy Slovenia. So I start driving to the other side of Europe. First destination was Oliana. I like routes there a lot so it was a perfect place to get back in shape. I didn't have any specific projects I just wanted to climb as much as possible and get in better climbing shape.
Mind Control, foto Luka Fonda
I can't stay long in one crag so for the rest day I went to Abella de Conca where I wanted to climb a project I tried 7 years ago. Amazing 50 meter diedre slab with small holds..... no sometimes there was no holds at all. This time I did it in my first try. I know with grade 8b is not one of the hardest routes but many have tried and nobody could get all the way to the top without falling.
Romantically dinner in Lleida :)
Diedro looks easy, but it's not. Still its fun
I had more problems with 7c next to it :)
One more project I have from a few years ago and this one is in Cueva Negra in Montanejos. So I wanted to do it but the water on resting holds was not helping me to be happy. So we continued to Valencia. 
The only route in the cave. Not BS friendly place
We visited a cool place Buñol for a few days and than we went to Chulilla. Place with some of the best climbing routes you can find. Long, slightly overhanging, good holds, nice moves... I like this place. So after few days of climbing we visited a new sector Pared Blanca where I have never climbed before. Soon I saw the route I want to climb. 70 meters long "Siempre se Puede Hacer Menos", staring with 7c, followed by 8b and for the finish it was still a project. The conditions were perfect so I started to climb. I was enjoying a lot and with a bit of screaming close to the top I did it. Even I was surprised but I was having so much fun I forgot how hard it was :). Here you can check the video of this route.
Sightseeing in Valencia
Siempre se Puede Hacer Menos, Foto: Anja Bečan
It's good to have 120m long rope for this routes. And don't forget to make a not at the end of it.
Regucillo close to Jaen was our next stop. Similar stile like Chulilla but much warmer and especially lazy climber friendly approach. You can belay from your car if you want but be careful some goats don't start throwing rocks on it (not fun when they do this in the morning when you are still sleeping). Here I onsighted some routes until 8b+ and than I decided to make a new one. Close to the car, all day in shade, overhang with big tufas... Who wouldn't like to climb this? But someone stole my first ascent. It was Red Squirlle. She was just climbing next to  me before I even put all the bolts in. Crazy animal.
One of many sectors in Regucillo

Nightclimbing is also possible

The red squirl waiting for the next rout
Slowly we had to start driving back home. On the way we stopped in Otiñar, Calpe, again in Chulilla, Montanejos (I was close to do my project and the next day it was too wet again :(. I'll be back in April) and Albarracin where we were enjoying perfect conditions with snow and temperatures below 0. It's good we have Webasto in our car and not good is it's not working. It could be perfect if it would work :).
One of the reasons I like to get back to Calpe: Fish dinner
Where are we? Where do we go? Yes we got lost :)
Perfect routes on the sun
Going down

Albarracin, Foto Anja Bečan
Albarracin, Foto Anja Bečan
Getting ready for the next perfect day
Three days of bouldering in snow was enough so we went to warm ourselves up in sauna in Abella de Conca where it was nice, sunny and friendly like always.  Here I climbed two more cool projects and than we had to go back home to Slovenia.
First OSFA of the year

After sauna you can jump in this water, foto: Anja Bečan