Showing posts from May, 2019

Slippery Bouldering At Casteljau, France

Truth being told, I can't recommend anyone in their right mind bouldering at Casteljau, France. Me and T stopped there for a couple of days on our way from Spain to Fontainebleau only to notice, that the area is almost abandoned by climbers.

To our disappointment, many boulders at Casteljau are nowadays taken over by green mosh. Only a small part of the almost 500 boulders can be climbed without doing some heavy brushing first. On top of that, the gray limestone is also super slippery, which is why we didn't feel like bothering with the brushes so much.

There are plenty of circuits, though. If you don't mind the vegetation and slippery rock, you can choose a circuit of any level of difficulty and spend ages climbing in the silent forest near Gorges du Tarn
For me, the low traversing problems offered the most fun. As soon as I buried the thoughts of climbing anything gradewise hard or higher than two meters, my eyes opened to a whole bunch of interesting lines squirming f…

3 Places To Go Bouldering Near Barcelona, Spain

Are you on a road trip or holiday in Spain and looking for good places to go bouldering near Barcelona? In that case I can recommend three fields of rocks worth checking out: El Cogul, Savassona and Can Boquet. They provide an excellent escape from the bustling city for a day or two, but without having having to sit in the car for more than a couple of hours.

What's best is, that bouldering near Barcelona is more or less possible throughout the winter. While we visited the Catalonian boulders in April on our way from Alcañiz to Fontainebleau, you might as well get some climbing done even during the coldest months of the year.
Let me share you our experiences on bouldering at El Cogul, Savassona and Can Boquet! El Cogul
Starting from the blocks closest to Alcañiz, El Cogul is a sunny hillside about 160 km West from Barcelona. There are several sectors, which are all scattered along a single road roaming the outscirts of the village El Cogul.
The first sectors are easy to spot even …