Sport Climbing: 2021-03-27 - 2021-04-03xaas

Sport climbing & bouldering trip in Spain

27.03.2021 - 03.04.2021

Whether you are rather new to the world of rock climbing, or you want to tighten your grip on this amazing activity, our sport climbing camp is the place for you to be. The main focus on our sport climbing camps is on high quality climbing. As such, it is aimed primarily at climbers with some experience, we are not pushing fit and motivated beginners away though. Anyone with the warrior mindset and the will to push their limits qualifies very well.

 

What is sport climbing, actually, you may wonder. Well, it’s a form of rock climbing in which the climber’s main goal is to climb a route at the top of their physical, technical, and psychological abilities. Yes, it is as complex as that. In order to be able to focus on the maximum performance, the climber ascends a route that is protected with permanently fixed bolts and anchors - no gear placement (that is trad climbing), just clipping quickdraws.

 

For us, the people at Rockbusters, sport climbing means much more than that. When on a climbing trip, we want to eat, sleep and breathe climbing. Join us for a week or two at one of Europe’s best climbing destinations to see how easy it is to become a climbing junkie. Immerse yourself in crimps, sidepulls, undercuts, tufas, gastons, cracks and dihedrals with us… These are not bad words. With our top coaching and crags selection you’ll find out pretty soon what are these and how to use them. Our approach is guaranteed to boost your technique, mental skills, improve your strengths and fight your weaknesses.

 

  • maximum quality and quantity of climbing
  • individual approach to your needs and level
  • one-on-one coaching
  • video analysis

 

We’ll teach you all you need to know about the equipment. How to choose the best set and correct number of quickdraws for a particular route, what is the best belay device for you, what types of shoes and what sizes go best for different types of climbs, what is the best harness for sport climbing, how long a rope should you get and what diameter, what is a sling for, how to make your personal anchor, what type of carabiners do you really need for sport climbs? All these and more questions will be answered for you naturally in the course of this breakthrough trip.

 

We will go through all safety and technical details so everyone is able to do as much climbing as possible and enjoy climbing with each other. We will push you to achieve more during your stay, arming you with all the necessary techniques and safety measures before you try anything new.

 

We will pay big attention to, and refresh all safety procedures and skills one necessarily needs to handle 100% to stay reasonably safe and enjoy pushing the physical and mental limits when sport climbing.

 

We need just a week’s time to turn you into a confident leader of any sport climbing routes and make you a better climber overall, no matter your current grade or level. We will show you all the sport climbing tricks you may use to stay safe and to be happily trying routes beyond your comfort zone.

 

Our top coaches will be with you every step of the way helping you to master the following:

 

  • What equipment you need and how to choose it so you have the best climbing experience while staying safe
  • Technical climbing skills like how to belay, set up top-rope and lead climb (depending on your level)
  • Climbing calls and communication so that you can get your message across to climbing buddies
  • Movement skills to help you climb more efficiently
  • Basic understanding of outdoor risks so you can make it home safely every day
  • Cleaning the anchors so you can retrieve all your gear
  • Leading sport climbs technique
  • Work on balance so that you climb in a more efficient way
  • Time on slab and vertical ground to improve footwork for better climbing
  • Overhang work to build strength and confidence so you can take on tougher climbing challenges
  • Red point and on-sight attempts so you can tackle new climbs more easily
  • Personalized coaching to break through mental barriers

 

This course is a great way into climbing culture. It’s intense for sure, but this means you’ll develop your skills quickly and progress way faster than you thought possible. Join the Rockbusters beginner climbing courseNovice and you’ll quickly reach new heights and be ready to take on epic routes you could only dream of.

 

Minimum of 3 participants. In other cases we will offer different trips/courses in the same or higher value or issue full refund.

 

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.

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Sella

 

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…

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
  • Shared basic accommmodation FREE of CHARGE

 

EXCLUDED

  • Local transport (can be organized by shared rental cars FREE of CHARGE)
  • 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 before you get to the place of your final destination you will need to stop in the store to shop for breakfast and lunch food for the week. Usually there is equiped kitchen with refrigerator in the place and close by shops to replenish supplies.

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

More info will be provided after booking/inquiring!

Accommodation

There is a basic shared accommodation organized by Rockbusters (15€ - 25€ a night). Our main goal is to integrate you into the local climbing communities and for these purposes we use local climbing hostels, cottages, campsites or places run by local climbers. Feel free to reach out to adjust these settings to your personal satisfaction. 

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Arrival:

Alicante International Airport

Departure:

Alicante International Airport

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