Monday, 24 February 2014

Costa Blanca 2011 - Part 2: Jokes

The result of a particularly rainy WUCC Spain Tour in 2011.
The one liner joke craze began.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Winter Hot Rock Part 2: February (Gandia, Spain)

One great thing about climbing in the UK is that it's claimable pretty much all year round. This year has so far been an exception! Jen and I keep the February blues away with a long weekend Gandia, Spain. We were a little unprepared for just how steep the place is(!), but had a great time and got some 7's ticked. Certainly my favourite crag on the Costa Blanca, we'll be back in October, spaces in the Villa, who's joining?!

The Gandia crag is well known for it's steep, burly and sustained routes, generally ranging from 7a-7c. There are plenty of quality routes in the 6's to get in to the swing of things!

Check out my short video which captures the spirit of the harder routes out here....


And some photos....

Jen checks out Pequeno salamontes 5+ - upwards caving!
 In February the locals are out in full force!

Locals Banter: 'Chorro' 'Torro?', no, 'CHorro', 'ToRRo?' no... ahh 'Cho-r-r-o!'

The left-hand edge has some very burly routes, which aren't so high but can be very bouldery.

The strong line of Blaniulus guttalatus 7a / V5(?)
 The right hand edge is home to some brilliant longer power endurance pitches.

Sector Potent and L'os (the elephant)

Monday, 3 February 2014

Winter Hotrock: Part 1 - January (Brean Down)

The result of a cracking day at Brean with Tom Jordan, Patty and Jenni. Took a bit longer than I had anticipated to get this together, but still learning.... more to come, let me know what you think!


"There's not many places in the UK that offer shorts and t-shirt weather in January, but Brean Down is often the answer. Quite possibly the warmest crag in the country; it faces south, out to sea, and gets all the sun the day has to offer. It's sheltered from the wind due to the large hill above it. The upper, tougher, section isn't immune to seepage but recovers quickly. The routes are gently overhanging, ranging from about 6b - 8a+, many 2 or 3 star... a winter paradise!"

PS. The quality is much better if you click HD and go to vimeo...

Can't see the video? Click here