Costa Blanca Climbing

Photo essay of a recent sport climbing trip to the Costa Blanca.

We were based out of Calpe and climbed in several different areas

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An inauspicious start! We arrived late and the only place open for food at midnight was the ubiquitous Burger King

Clockwise from left Zac, Matt, Scott, Matt B, Kieran and Clare

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Angus Burger and Fries please

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Toix Oeste. Matt B climbing

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Matt with his all important head protection

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Late afternoon at Toix

Day two and we headed inland

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Aventador – Matt B climbing

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Clare and Kieran decide on the next route while Matt and Matt try to stay warm. It was unseasonably cold at Aventador

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Kieran (on something hard)

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Kieran and Scott taking a break and finding time for a laugh

Mascarat Gorge

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Zac prepaing to abseil off the railings into the gorge. Cars were whizzing past behind me as I took this shot

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Probably one of the best ab anchors you could ask for. The fixed protection on the route we did wasn’t quite as solid

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Zac on the first pitch of Boulder Terminar (HVS), Mascarat Gorge

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Topping out on pitch two

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Time for lunch on the stance at the top of pitch 4

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Late afternoon, Zac at the top of the gorge

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The finish of Boulder Terminar. Toix Oeste in the background

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The Penon at night – The next day’s objective

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Clare and Matt high up on ‘Costa Blanca’ 6c+

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Heading off up the next pitch

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Zac belaying on ‘Diedre UBSA’ HVS 

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Climbers behind us on the same route

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Great views from the top of the Penon. Kieran and Scott after climbing ‘El Navigante’ 7a

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The Summit of the Penon

With grey skies and rain forecast we headed to Olta the next day

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Clare climbing at Olta

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The classic route here is ‘Tai Chi’ 6b+ Matt climbing

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‘Tai Chi’ Matt B climbing

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‘Tai Chi’ Kieran climbing

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‘Tufa Groove’ 6b+ Scott climbing

All of these photo’s were taken on an old Leica M4 with a fixed Zeiss 35mm f2.8 lens and Kodak Portra 400 film.

We climbed at a couple of other areas but I haven’t developed that roll of film yet!

Thanks to Kieran, Scott, Matt, Matt, Clare and Zac for a great climbing trip

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Sunset over The Costa Blanca

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Spain, December 2013

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