Back in Spain for a weeks work… or not!

The Amazing Penon D'Ifach towering over Calpe.

So I have been really busy back in the UK and had a booking for the 2nd to 9th for Costa Blanca. So I hurriedly boded a nice villa, hire car and flights. I flew over on the 2nd to sort the villa out and went to pick my clients up on the 3rd, only to realise that I am a whole month early. Massive face palm moment.

The plus side is I get another week in the sun in an amazing villa and then I get to do it all again in March as well. I have a few friends out here for some climbing starting tomorrow but today I just went for a walk round Toix, as the villa is a stones throw away from the climbing here.

Costa Again

Tash climbing the first pitch of Parle, 6a, Toix

So a friend flew out for a weeks climbing in December we hit all the classic venues before driving our way back north to get the ferry back for christmas. In particular we climb the amazing Parle again and hit up a few of the old faithful crags.

 

Riglos

One of the great 6a+ sports routes on the main Riglos Towers, that is in the shadow of The Vsiera home to Fiesta Del Los Biceps

On my way down to Costa Blanca I spent a few days climbing some of the easier classic in Riglos. Despite what I feared the climbing is not all 6c/7a. In fact there are some fantastic easy routes here has well.

We climbing the awesome Pena Reuba opposite the Mallos De Riglos via the amazing link up of Espolon De Gallego and Espolon Fuerte. Giving a three star bolted HVS that was 12 pitches or so long.

Looking up the amazing 9 pitch Espolon De Gallego, HVS.
Looking up the amazing 9 pitch Espolon De Gallego, HVS.

We also climbed a 6a+ just to the left of the impressive Fiesta Del Los Biceps, which really sucks in the atmosphere of the main face of the Visera. This route was fantastic fun and the walk off almost as imperssive as the climb as you descend past the amazing Fire Tower.

A fantastic 6b on the main riglos towers. This 8 pitch routes soaks in the atmosphere of the neighbouring Visera.
A fantastic 6b on the main riglos towers. This 8 pitch routes soaks in the atmosphere of the neighbouring Visera.

To finish our short trip off we jumped onto Moskitos, a classic ‘easy’ route on the Visera. With a stiff crux at the top over one of the areas famed bulges or Panzas. It gives you what seems like ringside seats on the Visera face and Fiesta Del Los Biceps.

Looking across at Fiesta Del Los Biceps from the easier 6a+ routes.
Looking across at Fiesta Del Los Biceps from the easier 6a+ routes.

Northern Spain Tour

Ogono the Penon D'Ifach of the North

So this Autumn I have been touring the North of Spain from the Picos to the Basque country looking for great places to run some more adventurous climbing holidays next September – November.

I have been lucky enough to visit some amazing crags  and mountains. So whether you want to have a weeks Via Ferrata Holiday, long multi-pitched trad or some nice easy sports climbing I am pretty confident that we can find it all in Northern Spain.

I have also been working on a small guidebook for the area and I think it will be a popular new destination for hot rock adventure seekers. As it is certainly not the Costa Blanca as it has some great mountain trad routes.

Spain Here We Come

Sun, Sea, Sand, Rock and a bar. Perfect conditions at Cueva Del Mar. Picos De Europa

So I head off to Northern Spain to do some writing work and climbing for the next month. I am meeting a friend at the end of November for some climbing as we then work our way south through some new climbing areas to eventually end up in Costa Blanca on the 8th December.

Can’t wait to extend my summer by commuting south again. If you’d like to book on one of our Hot rock Holidays in the new year then check out our sister site Sunnier Climbs.

A final route in the Sun

Wendigo, Red Wall, South Stack, Gogarth

So I have been busy getting my van ready for the journey south to Spain. I managed to get one last climb in, well I got a few in, but the very last was Wendigo a classic E2 leg shaker on Gogarth’s Red Walls. It was sunny though.

The hottest October Day in North Wales ever in fact. Anyway I am already in Bournemouth, awaiting a final weeks work doing a small South West Road trip, before heading onto Spain.

Cirque of the Unclimbables

So Sunnier Climbs head coach Mark Reeves spent the best years of his life travelling around the world climbing. Here is one of his most amazing trips to the Cirque of the Unclimbables. We can arrange a guided adventure here, but it is so expensive as to put most people off. It is the best route in the world though!!!

Live and ready to take you to the sun

The Amazing Penon D'Ifach towering over Calpe.

So we have managed to get the new site up and running. We are really happy to be ready to take your bookings and get you excited for your you winter climbing trip to the sun.

So it is exciting times at Sunnier Climbs.

Course Dates are coming

Looking out to the Penon D'Ifach and Calpe from a previous Villa.

We are really excited to be putting together some dates for people to come and climb with us in the sun. If you keep an eye on the website we will have them up and ready for you to book by the end of August.

In the mean time try checking out our different destinations to see what we have on offer and some great images from previous trips and courses. Hopefully you will see that we really love hot rock climbing and can’t wait to get out there for another season.

 

Welcome to Sunnier Climbs

Blaniulus gluttulatus a tricky and demanding 7a at Sector Hydrualics at Gandia.

Sunnier climbs in the brainchild of Paul Poole and Mark Reeves our dream is to provide great escapes in the sun for people over the long cold and wet winter months.

All our courses have a low ratio student instructor ratio and will be taught by one of us. We do this to ensure the quality of instruction and coaching on our courses which we believe is among the best in the industry.

We also offer fabulous accommodation, often in self-catering accommodation  like an apartment or villas. So no bunking up in a bunkhouse, but enjoying your climbing trip in a home away from home.

As such we believe that our climbing coaching holidays offer not only great value for money but also some fantastic accommodation and amazing coaching.