After being camped in the village of Ager for almost a week, staring up at the miles of limestone ridge of the Montsec d’Ares, we finally got to climb on it. 

Friday presented the perfect weather window for this high crag – sunny and still, around 17C, and after a zigzagging drive up the dirt road approach, we found ourselves admiring the Baranc de Grillon next to the remote hermitage mare de deu de pedra. 

The climbing is superb, with heavily featured rock with the occasional hidden pocket, just where things look hopeless! There are also a bunch of slabby 4s on the right hand side, where Helen could make some hands free ascents, to keep loosened up.

Despite the wonky finger, Helen very kindly turned belay-bunny and held my ropes on a couple of monster 40m pitches – Morlaco 7a and Guantanamo 7a+. Both absolutely outstanding, super-sustained without any really fierce moves; just how I like them 🙂

Bill and Steve climbed like men on a mission, covering acres of rock until dusk, while we wandered back down to the campsite – a pleasant downhill ramble through olive and almond groves.

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