Gorgeous blue skies today, but VERY windy. We were fed up with driving (Redovan and Mula are both about an hour away) so decided on Leyva which is just over the hill from the campsite (about 5km by foot or a winding few km longer by car to the closest parking ).
The main attraction here is the 180m high main wall, with its big adventure routes. However, set at 1300m and blowing a hoolie, this was out of the question, so we settled for the single pitch climbing at the base.
Beautiful spot, set in a natural park, and with a remote feeling.
It turned into a day of superlatives, and not all in a good way…
1) Most polished route. Diedro Baraccuda. A slippery horror show, and a reminder of why we’ve been seeking out crags not covered in Rockfax.
2) Dirtiest route. El Sarga Real. Should have spotted it followed a natural drainage line. Dusty, dirty and covered in weeds 😦
3) Worst crag selection. We really got yesterday’s and today’s crags the wrong way round. We were frozen at Leyva and baked alive at Redovan – the 1,000m height difference would have nicely offset the cooling breeze. Hey ho….
I did also, inadvertently, managed my longest ‘project’. I’ve no idea when I previously tried (and failed on) El cielo puede esperar, must be 10 years or so ago, but it all came back to me as I was grappling with the very thin crux. What do they say about revenge being best served cold?