Graham was in between city jobs. He had time and he’d recently found climbing. He was seriously hooked. Having cut his teeth on UK crags he was ready for something different. He had attended one of our Peak District Learn to Lead courses and later joined us for a Snowdonia Multi-Pitch course. A return to work was now looming and we discussed what he wanted next. He talked about long routes in the sun and we smiled because we knew. We have a long history of Costa Blanca Climbing and knew he’d love it. Graham booked his flights and we were away.
The sunny limestone crags of the Costa Blanca offer everything from bolted single pitch to sun drenched multi-pitch trad classics. We housed ourselves at the comfortable Orange House in Finestrat and were ready for action. A day on the single pitch and shorter multi-pitch crags of Toix cae first. This gave Graham the chance to do some leading and the opportunity to streamline our techniques. He had seen the possibilities of Costa Blanca climbing and was ready for more. Over a delicious meal in Finestrat we made plans for a long day tomorrow.
An ascent of the famous Espolon Central on the Puig Campana is an amazing adventure. 14 pitches of quality hard severe climbing and an exciting scrambly descent make this a perfect Alpine style day. Superb Costa Blanca climbing and an amazing position overlooking the sea.
Return flights were booked for the evening and needed a shorter final day. We headed to the world famous crags at Sella. This famous and easily accessible venue has everything and we were able to pack in a bunch of routes before heading for home.
It was the perfect trip and an amazing adventure to share. Graham may be back in the office but he’s as crazy as ever about the climbing. We’ve continued to share adventures both on two wheels and in the mountains.