Well we have been in Spain nearly a week. We visited Barcelona for the day which was brilliant before getting soaked by the most amazing thunderstorm either of us have seen in years. Barcelona was amazing and certainly somewhere we could both spend a few days or a week but leaving the dogs in the van and with just a few hours to spare we made the most of Tapas Bars, beer, wine and even cocktails before heading back to the campsite and van.
We have since travelled North to boulder at El Cogul. This tiny little village is home to a great selection of sandstone boulders and problems situated in the picturesque countryside close to the City of Lleida. The boulders are actually spread out on a dirt track which links the villages of El Cogul and L’Albages, there is plenty of parking along the track and many problems on shaded faces. I am certainly no boulderer and Jane even less so but she was keen to have a crack and I was interested to see what I could do. I am sure the hardcore ‘noropes’ team among you will be saying its way to hot for bouldering but with cool mornings and pleasant late afternoons we were happy to play about and enjoy this beautiful setting.
Jane managed her first three problems and even worked a certain 4+ for over an hour which was impressive for someone with no climbing background or much interest in the sport!!?? My final tally above 6 was: three f6A, two f6A+, one f6B, one f6B+ and one f6C. I managed to strain my wrist trying one of the harder routes which is going to take a bit of rest before Duncan comes out to join us for a few days further South. I was pretty happy with f6C however touching an f7A problem was unreal and I cannot begin to imagine how to work those kind of routes! What was even more unreal was meeting Mac from CasaCatalunya as he was parking up to have an evening at sector El Doctorat. Unbelievable that you can travel so far from the UK in the middle of nowhere and still meet someone that is originally from Chorley just a few miles from the town I grew up in!
Over two days we climbed at sector El Comalla, Mestre Mutent and Els Camps. My guidebook doesn’t have the names of the routes we did only the grades unfortunately. I hope to meet up with Ken and Graeme for a few days but for now I am resting the wrist in preparation for Duncan coming over in 10 days time.