In twenty years, there is only one venue I've been back to more than ten times. And that venue is also the very same region that I made my first ever mainland-Europe climbing trip: the region of Costa Daurada and specifically Siurana. In many ways, it always vies for my favourite climbing location along with Ceuse. In many ways however, it wins for the expansive ness and range of choice to Ceuse. Ceuse, arguably, has better climbing (seriously, it's just pure fun), however Siurana has:
- amazing climbing, especially if you're into the technical and crimping variety.
- Monstant less than 20 minutes drive away
- Margalef less than 45 minutes drive away
- excellent running trails
- the great outdoor-sports hub of Cornudella de Monstant, situated directly between Siurana and Monstant
- the chilled vibe of outdoor sports people who frequent the location
- a longer season for climbing.
In short, on what I think may be my 20th trip in just under twenty years, I'm absolutely in love with the place. For this trip, it was of the definite holiday sort: I'm still getting over my shoulder surgery (complications....) so a little climbing was only on the cards and then it was lots of fun runs, as well as a trip to the 'Yoda' of climbing physics: Pablo Scorza (yes, he's as good as they say).
Here's a short collection of the photos and posts from the trip to entertain. Enjoy.
Finished off with a little dash into to view Chris Sharma's climbing gym in Barcelona as we had a spare hour or so prior to the flight......