Ryan, Jen and I rose early to the sound of the crazy burro (donkey) eeeeeh aawwwwing up the hill from us at approx. 7am and dived for the coffee maker to solve any issues that may have presented this morning after our night of chit chat and wine drinking. Our host in Castellterçol, Anna stated very clearly with her beautiful Spanish accent the burro was indeed crazy and that if we chance upon him “do not look him in the eye or you will also go crazy”. Our intention is to avoid the mule at all costs.
I whipped up a quick scrambled eggs nosh, infusing our bodies with protein to sustain us through our morning of vertical creativity and Ryan’s coffee was definitely going to assist no matter what the eggs did. Jen got the food pack organised as the three of us worked seamlessly with a single goal of getting out the door and to the crag before the sun’s rays became to strong. People have said I was crazy for coming to Europe to climb in the summer, but so far its been really wonderful and all you have to do is get your butt out of bed early. Its 8am and we were on our way for our second day of climbing.
Driving to the crag takes us about thirty minutes including a couple of wrong turns and bad guess work from Ryan and myself…hahahah…..total classic. We arrive at the car park and as I suspected we were the only ones there. I love having the crag to myself………climb whatever you want when you want. I cant believe I get so excited about going and doing this every time.
Ryan had his sights set on a 6a warm up and on-sight attempt of a route called “Chimmi Churri”, so we got on it. Ryan got the on-sight and that was awesome, Jen went up it with one hang on the rope. I got on and sent it. There was a slight breeze and it was about 18 degrees……..just perfect. What next? Lets do the 6b next to it! I said. I put the draws on and we were off on our second route by about 9:30am. Ryan hadn’t sent a 6b clean before, but he certainly got this one first shot. He climbed it really well and Jen got it on video too.
Jen was wandering around looking for an inspiring route and about ten minutes later had found one. A 6a called “Squamish”; Jen was excited and motivated about this line. She tied in with a pensive tight-lipped grin, checking her knot and then buddy checking her belayer. As she pulled on the pensiveness disappeared and became the widest of excited smiles. A few moments of self-doubt and a little bit of heady fear and Jen was at the anchors. She had never on-sighted 6a and she ecstatic……..so stoked for her.
I was up next and had my sights set on a 7a+ called “Separate Reality”. This steep unforgiving line was really inspiring and I thought, I’ll give it a shot. I got all the moves first shot and had one hang on the rope at the crux to figure out what was going to need to occur for me to send it. I finished the route and cleaned it as the heat was starting to really bite. I thought to myself “I can send this when I am fresh and tomorrow is a rest day, so be happy with your work.”
We all agreed that it was getting hot and we were now feeling a little bit peckish, so we did one more route called “Kubotan” 6a+ to finish up and pack our gear and head for our favourite lunch place The Montaña Restaurant in Moià.
Siesta followed lunch and then we wandered up town to the supermarket to get ingredients for Jens first homemade Paella…….and a late dinner. Dinner was fabulous and cost a total of 18 Euros including all the seafood and wine………it is truly crazy how little it costs to eat well and really feast in Spain…………..very much a separate reality.