The Acid Test

The weekend saw us hook up with an American family who, having bought the guide, had changed this year’s holiday plans and come to Roca Verde country for a month-long climbing trip. We couldn’t help but feel the pressure. What would they think of the book? Were they managing to find their way round okay? And, most importantly of all, were they having a good holiday?

IMG_3481 Krista

With climbs like this to go at, who wouldn’t enjoy a month-long trip to Roca Verde country? Krista on Piden Trabayu, 7a, at Bóvedas, Teverga

To add to the pressure the weather forecast was looking somewhat dodgy for Saturday so we decided to head to Bóvedas in Teverga, a great sector that has the added bonus of staying dry in the rain. We needn’t have worried, as despite a short sharp shower in the morning the rock dried instantly and conditions turned out to be pretty good.

Bóvedas was still a winning choice though, with some awesome 6s and 7as to keep Krista and Tim happy, with really interesting and varied climbing packing in everything from some delicate, fingery slab moves to tufa-pulling thuggery.

For the kids there was plenty of dirt to play in, which is always guaranteed to bring a smile.

IMG_3442-Me-V2As for us, we were just happy to hear that the Maloneys had been having a great trip climbing throughout Cantabria and Asturias and that they hadn’t got lost once. Especially after their confession that they normally allow an extra hour on top of any journey time, to compensate for the inevitablity of time spent going round in circles.

Of course the other joyous thing about Bóvedas is that in between goes you can sit and will your arms to recover whilst watching the wads across the way on Pared Negra. All the inspiration you could want to try and pull that little bit harder.

 

Nani, 7c Pared Negra

Nani, 7c Pared Negra. One for the tick list…..

 

2 thoughts on “The Acid Test”

  1. Thank you for the tour and the opportunity to spend an afternoon with you and your delightful family! We were incredibly impressed with the quality and quantity of rock in the area, and your guidebook provided impeccable directions and was very easy to use. The climbing in Asturias/ Cantabria deserves more attention, and I highly recommend purchasing Richie’s book and planning a trip to the beauty that is Green Spain! Tim Maloney
    ps- after climbing with you @ Teverga, we spent an afternoon at Rumenes, climbing the mega 7a tufa at sector Chorreas- incredible!

  2. Tim,
    thanks to you guys for a great day out and thanks for your comments on the book. Great that you had such a good time and we´re really happy that yopu think the area is as good as we do! Also good to see that you enjoyed Rumenes, though it’s tricky not to…

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