There really is more rock here than you can shake a clip stick at! Plenty of climbing for a week, with a major new sector each day (though to enjoy much longer than that you’d really want to be climbing into the 7s).
We explored the other side of the valley, the lower of the Etergo crags, Depuradora, and found the routes really fun – though the grading slightly random. Helen fully redeemed her struggle on a 5+ warm up with a calm lead of a 6b+. Cooler temperatures with a weather front moving in making it feel more autumnal (helped by a bumper crop of conkers!)
With a forecast for rain on Wednesday, we finally got around to climbing on the “popular” crags of Entrecampos (dominating the view from the parking) and Esplanado (next to the bike track from the parking – the Senda de Oso is a big attraction, running for 50km along old mining tracks, it’s Spains equivalent of the Monsal Trail).
There aren’t many “red routes” in the guide at Entrecampos – denoting anything less than 7a, but once you’ve overcome a few polished starting holds they are all excellent. Various link ups and extensions allowing more steepness and fun to be tacked on to entry pitches to give 35m of 6c to 7a+.
Having exhausted the easier possibilities, but with the forecast rain still holding off, we headed down for a final route on Esplanado. We’d avoided these all week as they’d been a bit busier and we’d assumed they’d be polished horror shows. As it turned out, the amusingly named Willy was an excellent, if testing, 30m 6c taking the photogenic arete – a fine finale to a great visit – Hasta luego Teverga – We’ll be back!