Now we are off to Spain on board the rolling palace ironically named "Spydy". On board: Francisco, Pyd and Juan! We drive with a calm rhythm and pass the beaches of the "Cote d'Azur" and then along the "Costa Brava" all the while drinking a Mate.
We go through Barcelona to pick up another Argentine friend – Yoel. He recommends we go to a sport climbing crag called "Grau del Masets". We leave the city and in 40 minutes are at the crags. There we are joined by Esther, Pau and Julia, climbers from Barcelona. The cliffs of the crag dominate the entire valley, the place offers a fantastic view. A small forest on the plateau gives us a good space to build the camp and allows access to the cliff on foot in just 5 minutes.
The style is very particular. The rock is a smooth, but featured sandstone. Odd, technical and off-balance moves are often required here. We had a nice few days at Grau del Masets (pronounced "Macho"). We enjoyed climbing with the Argentines and went or a drink on the way back to Barcelona.
In Cataluña it is the "Fiesta de la Mercè". This festival’s celebrations include a ton of music, arts and cultural celebrations in the street know at - "Correfoc". We take this time to rest and act like tourist in Barcelona. We come to find that there will be a free Saturday night concert headlined by Manu Chao. We go to get some lactic acid to our legs instead of our arms for once.
In the chaos of the "urban jungle", we are fortunately able to crash near some routes! Sure, the routes are just plastic but they pack a bunch. Here, under the tunnel the "Foixarda" - the Catalans had the brilliant idea of installing artificial sports routes. This provides a place for passionate locals to stay strong and enjoy quality climbing close by. The best part- its free.
We finish our time in the city and head back to sweet mother nature.It's time to get a little exposure and its with Melina, Yoel, Juan, Pyd and Francisco that we go to the spire of :
Multipitch, sports climbing or bouldering - there is enough to satisfy every climbing style here! There is even trad! The only problem with trad is the rock: conglomerate. It feels like anything 6a (5.10) or below has a secure piece of protect only every 8 to 15 meters. Within a few days we have our fill of terrifying trad climbing and drive two hours to our next destination
SEE YOU SOON !