Graham was on gardening leave from his city job. He had time and, in recent months, he’d found climbing. He was seriously hooked and, having cut his teeth on the crags of the Snowdonia and the Peak District and with many sessions at his local climbing wall under his belt, he was ready for something different.
A return to work was looming and when we discussed what he wanted he talked about long routes in the sun. We smiled – the sunny limestone crags of the Costa Blanca offer everything from bolted single pitch to longggg sun drenched multi-pitch classics. Within a couple of days we had a plan together, Graham booked his flights and we were away.
The Costa Blanca area has a wealth of options and so, having housed ourselves at the comfortable Orange House in Finestrat, we were ready for action. A day on the single pitch and shorter multi-pitch crags of Toix gave us the chance for Graham to do some leading and the opportunity to streamline our techniques and, over a delicious meal back in Finestrat, we made our plan for a long day tomorrow.
An ascent of the famous Epsolon Central on the Puig Campana is an amazing adventures. 14 pitches of quality hard sever scrambling and an exciting scrambly descent make this an Alpine style day, but all in an amazing position overlooking the sea!
With return flights looming we had a shorter final day and so headed to the world famous crags at Sella. This extensive venue has everything from single pitch test pieces to multi-pitch cruises and we managed to pack in a bunch of routes before heading for home.
It was the perfect trip and an amazing adventure to share. It was time for Graham to get back to the office but it is great that he has kept up the climbing and we’ve since had several other adventures both on two wheels and in the mountains.