|Most memorable send of the trip - headstand every morning for 6 weeks!|
|Sunset light on the village of Siurana. We didn't climb at this popular area, but enjoyed our scenic drive through.|
Our next destination was Terradets, specifically the Bruixes Wall. This is truly a cliff of dreams. Short approach, quiet zone, pretty views, stunning stone and tufas, sweet tufas. We spent almost every day of the rest of our time in Spain at this one crag. Everything I tried at the Bruixes Wall, including the routes I didn't actually do, felt kind of climbable, like if it was my home crag I might eventually climb them all! Indeed, the hard-climbers recommend starting at one end of the cliff and climbing every route until you hit the other end of the cliff. Well I didn't do that. Didn't even try. But I was happy to finish a handful of the fabulous climbs there and could probably rant on about this pocket or that crimp or this pinch, or that polished foothold but really! who wants to read boring stuff like that. Just take it from me, if you like to climb, and you enjoy climbing mid 5.12 to 5.13- you will probably have fun at this crag. And if you aren't having fun, I can only hope that you can be there on the same day as John Dunne and his mates like we were, because if you can listen to those Brits and their self- and partner-depracating banter and not have fun then you should head straight to the clubs in Barcelona, party all night and learn to not take yourself so seriously.
|Climber on El Latido de Medio 8a, Bruixes Wall Terradets|
|This is the climbing at Regina, a shady sector across from the Bruixes wall. A bit more chossy and mostly all 8a and harder, but impressive all the same.|
|FYI The slabs shown here are for sunbathing, not for climbing.|
|What I would do if I stuck to what comes naturally - hiking|
|Grapes: functional AND beautiful|
|Evan with the local boys in post-climbing bliss watching some football and swilling some brew|
|Evan on the tyrolean to Collegats|
|Climber at Collegats|
In case any of you are using this post as travel beta, I will give you the particulars of what we sorted out here:
We divided our time in the Terradets area between 3 places, all near Tremp.
Cal Morralet was a big guest house run by a lovely woman named Ana. There are around 6 private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, and a big shared living room/kitchen. There are also several self-contained suites. We stayed in one of the suites in the basement and it was comfortable, clean and totally adequate with good internet. The location was great, only a few minutes from the grocery store in Tremp, and around 10 minutes to the Bruixes at Terradets. The only drawback was that the landscape right around the house and the house itself weren't very scenic, and when the house was full of people it was pretty noisy in our downstairs suite. A great deal at 35 euros per night for the suite. This and similar options can be found on the website http://www.lleidarural.info.
We stayed at Hotel Terradets for just one night when we were between places. It offers nice, simple hotel rooms and rates include a decadent breakfast buffet, but there are no cooking facilities in the room, so you have to cook on your deck or eat in the cafeteria or restaurant, or drive 15 minutes into Tremp to eat. It is within a few km of the Bruixes wall at Terradets. A great option for a shorter trip, or if you just want something really simple and close to the climbing. We paid around 50 euros for the night, but I think if you stay longer there is a discount.
|Sunrise view from our room at Hotel Terradets|
|Tucked in behind these dilapidated building is our cute little apartment|
|The view from our deck at Figuerola de Meia|
|Evening light on Figuerola de Meia|
We bought most of our groceries from the supermarket in Tremp. We also found lots of great smaller stores, butchers and bakeries and even a little natural food store in the walking area of Tremp. The tough part with the smaller stores is navigating their schedule. Everything is closed on Sunday and most smaller places are closed in the middle of the day. We really didn't eat out at all - nothing seemed both enticing AND vegetarian.
|The bakery in Camarasa was pretty delicious. This pastry had custard and chocolate chips on it, and as you can see, did not make it to the crag or even out of the parking lot.|
|Cocktail hour at the refugio in Siurana looks like this.|
|I grew up with health-food-nut parents, but even I didn't get orange juice or yogurt with carrot sauce for dessert!|
|We could pick pomegranates right outside of our door!|
Most of my rest days are spent on a hike or a run, and my time in Terradets was no different. Two standouts were the Mont-rebei Gorge and the Aiguestortes National Park in the Pyrenees.
|Amazing hike in the Mont-Rebei Gorge|
|That is really the trail - Mont-Rebei Gorge|
|Crazy trail close-up|
|Nice to be back in the granite, but the freezing wind not so much - hiking in the Pyrenees|
|Evan chilling in the Aiguestortes National Park|
|Refugio in the Aiguestortes National Park|
|Cool church in the gothic quarter in Barcelona.|
|This Barcelona lady would probably rust in Squamish.|
|This crumbling, abandoned settlement was a 5 km run on a gravel road from our apartment at Figuerola de Meia.|