Today’s blog will be written by a guest writer – our own Seamus, who will typing in words about our today’s adventure climbing the south side of Peñón de Ifach.
It is a massive limestone outcrop emerging from the sea and linked to the shore by rock debris – one of the most iconic features of the coast.
I’ll update the blog once the words are in.
Below is Seamus’ recollection of today’s events. All is 100% his words (I added pictures and the comments):
Day two of our climbing trip and the plan was for the Peñón de Ifach in Calpe. The route selected was Via Valencianos 5c.
Eight pitches of fairly polished fun. Our group was made up of Micheal, Peter an myself. Gerard was missing due to injury.
On the walk in we passed 4 locals who were heading to the same climb. So we had an audience for the start and felt a little under pressure to get moving. Micheal lead first pitch.
The second offered a variation. The choice was between a 3+ and a 6a. Peter set off up the 6a which turned out to be extremely polished and we all ended up pulling on a piece of tat to get through the crux.
The next pitch fell to me and as l watched the guys ahead of us struggle up using an etrier I began to think this 5c pitch might not be for me. The lads were very encouraging, which made me think they weren’t keen either. I set off up the well polished corner and decided bridging was the way to go and meant ditching my rucksack. I connected it to a nut and left it for Michael and Peter. What followed wasn’t pretty. Grunting and swearing I made it, though had to pull on some more tat.
The rest of the pitches went ok.
There were some issues with very sore feet, angry gulls, hard boiled eggs and running two pitches into one.
Nevertheless we made it to the top and joined the tourists, more seagulls and hungry cats for lunch.
Satisfied we headed for a beer, a full debrief and a discussion on the best way to remove seagull crap from your clothes.