Got the wintertime blues and want to get outside and climb?
Join Rockbusters in Spain's Andalusia, the most southerly extreme of the European mainland and home to some of the top winter climbing destinations on the Continent. Climbing here is as rich and varied as the local culture. From athletic overhangs to technical slabs, from tufas to crimps. With average rainfall very low and 5 - 6 hours of sunshine even throughout the winter, this is the place to go for some incredible climbing conditions when the weather is nasty elsewhere.
And there’s more to it. Forget about famous Spanish climbing destinations like Siurana, Margalef or Chulilla that get so much attention of the international climbing community. As well as a huge amount of visitors, unfortunately. Join us for this trip and discover a less known, non-crowded and superb-quality climbing spot you may have never heard of.
We’ll spend our time in Jaen, a Spanish province known as the largest olive oil-producing region of the world. Let us show you why Jaen is well worth visiting for its climbing though it lacks the reputation of the easily accessible areas in the north of the country. This place is much harder to get around without any knowledge of Spanish and thus it gets far less visitors and no crowds at its crags. The great thing is that it has much better rock than a lot of the well-known spots.
With us, you can enjoy a week or two of great climbing in a breathtaking landscape shaped by mountain ranges surrounding the city of Jaen and the never ending olive groves.
As with all our trips, we welcome all novice and expert climbers excited to climb, and cater our coaching to each client’s individual needs. If you have any questions about your specific skill level, please contact us directly.
What you will learn:
how to belay safely, set up a top-rope, and lead climb. We’ll also cover other technical aspects to build up your knowledge
how to use a guide book and local knowledge to get to know a climbing area in order to choose routes that best suit your style
how to use climbing calls and communicate efficiently so you won’t sound like a rookie
basic and advanced movement skills for improved efficiency and better climbing
How to cleaning anchors and a gain basic understanding of outdoor risks so everyone gets home safe
different techniques for slabs and verts
efficient movement, saving energy and resting
From technique coaching you can expect:
Focusing on footwork, you will learn how to work with your balance, finding the most efficient and effective way to move on the rock.
You will experience a wide range of techniques and skills in practice, which will increase your confidence and performance while climbing overhangs. You’ll develop skills to help you handle climbing steep rocks, save energy and climb more confidently and efficiently.
Onsight / red point
This part of the course is well-suited to climbers who are confident enough with their leading skills, and who want to focus on more challenging routes (in their personal climbing limits).
Guiding and Coaching.
All safety equipment including quick draws, ropes, harness , helmet - but feel free to bring your own.
Airport pick up and drop off is provided or organize with shared rental cars (FREE of CHARGE).
Transport between crags (FREE of CHARGE).
Shared accommodation in mountain cottage (FREE of CHARGE).
Flights, travel, climbing insurance and food are not included. You will also need to BRING YOUR OWN CLIMBING SHOES
Evening group meals can be organized on request at a cost of 15€ each.
Siutable for people with some CLIMBING EXPRIENCE (belay, lead belay, top rope, lead, ...). From sporty beginners through to experts leading at F8, our experienced team will plan the days so that everyone climbs as much they can and gets all the coaching they need.
Day 1 - Pick up from airport at times to suit the group as a whole. Common dinner on the first night and a relaxed discussion about the week ahead, people's abilities and ambitions for the week.
Day 2 - Introduction to climbing. Getting a taste for the rock and some warm-up routes. Reviewing safe belay, top-roping and a refresher on leading for those with goals.
Day 3 - More climbing, top-roping on some trickier routes for the beginners. Gaining confidence and improving lead climbing technique for intermediates and advanced.
Day 4 - First lead climbs for the beginner group on easy terrain. Advanced belaying and controlling falls dynamically.
Day 5 - Time to add some technical coaching. Finding and working a red-point project for the advanced.
Day 6 - Discussion and practice on red-pointing, flash, and onsight methods. Making sure everyone is having fun and progressing their technique on the rock.
Day 7 - Consolidate our weeks work. Finish those projects we started and lock in the skills we learned. It's time for the farewell dinner and party for those with some energy.
Day 8 - Everyone gets back to the bus station or airport safe and sound and we say goodbye - until next time.
Note: Everyone needs a rest day but we don't fix these into the itinerary. Listen to your body and take break when you need it.