Chulilla April 2016 - "was this gorge a quarry?"
As ever so far behind. But as ever, collating a nice little collection of photos to motivate and inspire both myself and hopefully some others. Yes, climbing as a local sport is fantastic but getting out and using it as an excuse to see the world can't be recommended enough. Go forth and enjoy.
We'd a little trip out to Chulilla around Easter. The lowlight was it being 'around Easter' meaning the crowds were a little daft at times, but everything else is special. It's a unique spot, one of the "holiday climbing destinations" - i.e. the whole package is amazing, from the beautiful local village, to the people, to the scenery, to the climbing.
The quote in the title: Naomi's brother was out to visit for a day to do some film work as part of a project for a course he's on right now. It was so insightful, a non-climber seeing this sort of place for the first time and his initial impression that the gorge was manufactured by human hand: that this stunning gorge was actually man-made. Spending so much time going to these sorts of climbing venues for so long, it's easy to almost forget that these amazing natural locations are not something that everyone will get to see. Another reminder of how lucky we are to find this amazing sport of climbing.
Observations based on the return from the previous year:
- It's still a brilliant area, my opinion hasn't changed.
- The climbing is particularly vertical to slightly over-hanging so if that's your interest, you'll love it. If you're looking for big burly, powerful routes - you may want to look elsewhere. Bring a decent level of strength in fingers for small-edge holds, plus great footwork/technique, and you'll love it.
- There's so much great hiking and walks in the area. Wow. Suspect if you like you're hill-running, you'd be a very happy individual here.
- El Altico refugio/hostel is still brilliant. With the lovely Pedro and Nuria running the cool venue, a swimming pool, the best view in the area of the gorge from the balcony, it's hard to fault the place.
- We had a visitor in the guise of Naomi's brother who's not a climber. Videos embedded below of Naomi's little fun project/interviews on climbing and yoga. And we got to use a frickin' drone to record some climbing footage!