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6 Weeks Of Bouldering In Alcañiz, Spain: Best Sectors and Other Useful Tips

My fingertips feel a bit sore while typing this post, since me and T have now spent 6 weeks bouldering in Alcañiz. In case you haven't hear of the place, Alcañiz is located roughly 200 km from the famous Albarracín and offers you hundreds of boulder problems away from the masses.

Hills and valleys surrounding the town of Alcañiz are a home for legions of liquorice ice cream colored boulders, that vary both in shape and how easy (or hard) they are to grasp.
Yellow roofs, deep hollows and pockets in contrast with black, smooth slabs... Oh, and plenty of problems made for honing on your manteling skills! All on sandstone, that provides an excellent friction from autumn to spring.

There's so much I want to tell you about bouldering in Alcañiz, that I decided to share it into two individual posts. This time I'm going to get you started and concentrate on the climbing itself, whereas in the next post I will reveal some other useful tips for anyone planning to go bouldering in Al…

Sport Climbing Near Valencia, Spain: Montesa

The municipality of Montesa near Valencia hosts a unique little crag with easy approach and enjoyable sport routes for beginners and intermediate climbers. In case you're up for a pit stop between El Chorro and Chulilla, climbing at Montesa offers fun for a day or two in the middle of Spanish winter.

Montesa is especially great, if you happen to travel with climbing kids. There's plenty of indoorsy sport routes around and below 6a, that seem to offer much joy for young climbers. Tougher routes do exist, but Montesa might not be the best crag for pushing your limits over 6c.

Routes at Montesa are of high quality and rock feels careless to climb. The bulgy formations behind the castle of Montesa remind me of Elbsandstein sand stone pillars, but in fact they are limestone. Curvaceous yellow and black shapes treasure plenty of jugs and pockets for those, who dare to challenge the odd looking rock.
According to Rockfax: Costa Blanca, the cruxy Ningún Drama (7a) is one of the top 50…

Sport Climbing Near Valencia, Spain: Bellús and Aventador

Have you had enough of climbing in Chulilla? If you're up for some driving, the surroundings of Valencia also host many small to medium-sized crags well worth visiting – Bellús and Aventador to name a few.

Bellús While Bellús is nowhere near as big as the Goliath on everybody's lips, the steep limestone walls with closely packed routes offer plenty of great climbing above 6a. If you're able to climb 7a, you'll have even more fun climbing at Béllus.

The crag is divided into two separate areas. Barranc Fondo is the sunny south face and makes a fine winter crag, whereas the north face known as L'Altet is more suitable for hot days in spring or autumn.

The wall is more or less overhanging on both sides of the hill. However, l'Altet features a couple of tufa infested caves or cuevas with routes for highly motivated climbers. Barranc Fondo is a bit easier to approach and has more basic holds.

If you like both sun and tufas, try Moco de Pavo (7a)!
To balance the steep…