ALBARRACIN - Spain Climbing Trip 2021

03.04.2021 - 10.04.2021

Viva España on our legendary Spanish climbing trip. Discover all the best crags with the help of our team and enjoy an intense climbing experience that’s enough to make most climbing freaks weak at the knees. 

The Rockbusters Spanish road trip is always one of our most popular events each year. It’s a tour that gives you a unique chance to discover the best Spanish crags. These are notoriously some of the best in the world so do yourself a favor and don't miss out. Trust us on this one. It’s an intense and epic tour that every climbing freak should experience.

 

Apart from getting a great introduction to great climbing areas all around Spain you’ll also benefit from some world-class guiding. Our top performance coaches will help you develop your skills and you’ll have a blast with some great climbing company. We guarantee you a varied month full of fun and loads of new climbing experiences. Try out a massive range of different styles too, from vertical fingery lines in Montserrat to overhanging boulders in Albarracin – plus plenty more.

 

Join the tour for as many weeks as you want. At the weekends we stop at nearby airports to drop off and pick up clients who can't make it for the whole trip. Although we’d love it if you could come from beginning to end and think you will too.

 

This is a Rockbusters climbing trip so expect to focus on the following:

  • Slab/vertical ground to improve footwork and climbing efficiency

  • Balance and foot placement to develop better technique for more confident climbing and strength building (leading comfortably F5 or more)

  • Overhangs and steep sections to develop strength and confidence on more challenging climbs (leading comfortably F6c or more)

  • On-sight/red point aimed at climbers who are confident enough with their balance, footwork and have already acquired the basics to progress at a faster rate

 

1st week: Sella/Costa Blanca

 

The biggest and best climbing area in the region, Sella boasts a load of easy and mid grade sport routes in the centre of the valley. Mid to harder grade routes are concentrated in steeper sectors like the famous ‘Wild Side’. There are also some bolted multi-pitch climbs in Pared de Rosaria, as well as entirely traditional routes in Puig Campana. All of this makes for some great quality limestone crags to crank.

Most of Sella’s routes are up to 30m of slabby or vertical, fingery and technical climbing on little crimps and holes. It can get a little busy but our expert guides know all the best spots to go to avoid the crowds. And, of course, this being Spain’s Costa Blanca, you can expect some pretty lovely climbing weather too.

 

2nd week: Albarracin (bouldering)

 

Albarracin is definitely the most important Spanish bouldering area, which is why we here there on our tour obviously. No other area in Spain compares to it. It’s even referred to as the Spanish Fontainebleau. The area is full of big, reddish sandstone blocks scattered around a beautiful forest. The stones are full of boulder problems of all difficulties and styles: roofs with big jugs, overhangs with crimps, as well as quality slabs. 

There are fifteen different sectors, some of which have climbing restrictions from January to August but this doesn’t matter as there are always plenty of problems to solve. At 900m above sea level, the air is cool and dry enough to climb throughout the year. It’s also situated in a protected area, which means it remains a gorgeous place to climb.

 

3rd week: Margalef 

 

At Margalef the crags are scattered around two little canyons, all very close to each other making for some convenient and intense climbing. The rock is a conglomerate, not too solid but great for climbing. It’s not like climbing at any other location here as you mostly climb over one, two or three finger pockets. Together with this are some slopers and crimps, and at some sectors tufas too. 

You’ll find great lines of all difficulties from the 5th grade to the 9th, which is one reason why the area is so popular. Another is that once you get used to the style, red pointing is not as difficult as in more demanding areas such as nearby Siurana. 

The grades in Margalef are a little softer but it doesn't take any qualities away from the place. It’s superb, good fun climbing in some stunning scenery where everybody finds what they’re looking for. From more remote, quiet and tranquil crags such as Catedral and Ermita or always busy and frantic crags just off the road, such as Raco de Finestra or Laboratori - it’s all here. An unusual but highly recommended stop off on our Spanish tour and one not to be missed.

 

4th week: Siurana

 

To some people, Siurana might look like little more than a mountain village perched on a cliff edge, living firmly in the past. To climbers, however, it looks more like paradise. Situated in the Tarragona mountains in the Sierra de Prades range, the yellow and grey limestone walls, slabs and overhangs are just begging to be explored. Come with our Rockbusters guides and that’s exactly what you’ll get to do all week. 

The crags are situated between the tiny picturesque hamlet of Siurana and its larger neighbour, a village called Cornudella de Montsant. There are approximately 30 sectors and over 1,200 routes, most of them of superb quality. And new routes are still being opened up all the time. It’s also home to the legendary La Rambla route, first climbed by German Alexander Huber in 1994, and enough to test any climber in the world.

At less than an hour from other very important areas such as Margalef, Montsant, La Mussara and Arboli, the choice here is incredible.

 

We know that some or all of this sounds incredibly tempting. So be good to yourself and do the right thing – come and join our Spanish road trip. As one of our most popular tours, spaces get snapped up quickly so don’t hang around. You have been warned.

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Albarracin

 

What you need to know

  1. We welcome intermediate to expert climbers with issues to lead. There is not much previous experience required although we recommend you to climb at least indoor regularly.
  2. On the end for this week you will be fed up by climbing but hungry for more in the same time. Of course you can expect cool progress and confidence boost.
  3. This is a climbing trip and our number one goal is to maximize your time spent on the rock.
  4. Worries free climbing vacation. Book your flights and leave rest to us. We sort out all logistics for you.

Typical day

Wake up, have a relaxing breakfast, coffee in local bakery. We will meet up at 10am to discuss the plan for the day so make sure you are ready to go!

8 - 10am
10.30am

All aboard! We pack into the van and head off to the crag.

Jump on some warm up climbs and start getting your body moving. Look up for some challenges for the day and figure out the beta. Of course there is always time for some cool coaching.

11am - 2pm
2pm

Lunchtime! Pull out your packed lunch and relax with great views. This is also a good time to snap some photos.

Back to climbing. Using what you learned in the morning, and our individualized coaching, start nailing the projects down.

2.30 - 7pm
7 - 8pm

Time to relax with a well-earned beer from one of the local climbing bars. We will re-group, discuss the highlights from the day and what the focus will be tomorrow.

Pour yourself some wine/beer and get something to eat. Who knows where the night will lead… Mañana más y mejor.

8pm
11pm

There are no rules but most of us will be in bad this time!

What’s included

- Individualized coaching
- Climbing safety equipment & gear

- Airport pick up and drop off are organized by shared rental cars FREE of CHARGE
- Transportation between crags FREE of CHARGE
- Accommodation FREE of CHARGE

EXCLUDED

- Transportation to Spain
- Travel & climbing insurance
- Food & drinks (group dinner can be purchased for €15 per meal)

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We provide all the gear, but you will need to bring your own reasonably tight climbing shoes and harness. We have belay devices, slings, and helmets, but you might prefer to bring your own. We strongly suggest bringing a down jacket, a hat, a rain jacket, a pair of comfortable approach shoes, head lamp, sleeping bag, and a backpack big enough for carrying lunch and gear to the crag. 

FOOD

Upon arrival we will take you to the store to shop for breakfast and lunch food for the week. There are shops to replenish supplies during the week.

There are plenty restaurants and bars in Cornudella de Montsant to have dinner. Communal dinners can be organized if required.

Accommodation

Climibng hostels of bungalows in campsites. Bunk beds shared style of accommodation.

In Sella we stay in mountain climbing cottage powered by solar energy, 50m from first crags.

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FLY IN / FLY OUT


Arrival:

Alicante International Airport

Departure:

Barcelona International Airport

GUIDES / COACHES

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