|the lower sandstone band of Siurana|
|rolling clouds and wind turbines of Catalunya|
So yeah Siurana was a total blast, so much that I'm really hoping to come back ASAP - there's still so many routes I want to try. In the middle of my stay we made a little trip north into the heart of Catalunya, passing Lleida on the way to some other super crags like Santa Linya and Oliana. I was psyched to check out both but since I'd been to Oliana before, I really wanted to see Santa Linya. It is praised as a crag that holds more 9 grade routes than all the rest of Catalunya together, and is home to some famous climbs. My experience was good, the cave is amazingly big and awe-inspiring. The climbing however turned out to be a little too straightforward, gym-style endurance long routes, in some places there's chipped holds. The routes have great moves and there's a lot to go at, but it's super demanding physically. Pretty much a like a natural gym :P the cool thing is there's always a bunch of super motivated people hanging around, trying projects, so you will definitely catch up some nice friends and get good beta :D
It definitely is the embodiment of the famous Catalan 'a muerte' climbing philosophy.
|Santa Linya village|
|looking rather lost in the big cave|
|getting pumped on Rollito Sharma|
|the dam of Margalef|
|Espadelles in the sun|
The last day put a finishing touch on the trip with some great sunshine! Miha thank you once more for the cosy bed, half of the pictures in this blog are also shot by him :)
To friends who are in Spain right now - I am envious of you but hope you get a lot of good routes done! Venga!
|me on an 8a onsight|
|Daniel in the start of La Rambla, 9a+!|
I have still a little bit of studying to do, but after that, hmm... maybe do some routesetting at the Center? Or just have a few good sessions? Go out, get drunk, climb projects in Mišja Peč, fix my bike, enjoy the Ljubljana life, get a license as a climbing instructor, shoot movies with Boris, see some fresh climbing movies or read a book I'd heard about, maybe do a multipitch in the Osp wall, PLAN THE NEXT TRIP, do coaching with a bunch of cool kids, get a campus board session down, take on a yoga course and improve on my flexibility and WHAT NOT... It's all out there waiting :)
|on the move...|