Siurana – El Ditot and a fitting sunrock finale 

It kept us waiting until the very end, but day 7 of the 2018 SunRock trip finally delivered the kind of day we’d signed up for. Clear skies and warm enough to drink your breakfast coffee outside, 

then positively toasty on the crag. Half the team headed for Margalef to sample the delights of the Can Llepafils sector whilst the rest of us plumped for another day at Siurana and an exploration of El Ditot

 and the sectors beyond Grau dels Masets.

 

This is a fairly recent development, only about half of which is covered in the latest Tarragona guide. For more sectors download the excellent free ClimbAround app, which also has comprehensive topos for Siurana, Margalef and Arboli as well as a dozen other crags mostly in Catalunya. 

On El Ditot there’s a good selection of 25m to 30m routes in the 6a to 6b+ range; stiff grades but unpolished. Here’s Helen on Els Fenics, 6a

and me on Quinta, 6a+

… and Guy on Delerium, 6a

A bit further right, the outstanding Guru, 6b+, takes the photogenic arête via a very Pembrokesque series of moves culminating in a tricky groove – Guy just about visible below at about half height 

At the start of the approach path is sector El Coral Nou Cami, with half a dozen routes in the 5 to 6a range, not amazing climbing but completely unpolished and easily accessible – a rare combination at this historic and popular venue 

With a last-night meal booked at a local restaurant in Prades (Pep Cardon), the team reluctantly dragged themselves away from the crag (but couldn’t resist a couple of farewell beers in the bar at Cornudella on the way home). Come the appointed hour, we gathered for a processional 500m walk through the maze of cobbled streets to the restaurant, and arrived with three missing persons… No prizes for guessing the laggards 😉

The dinner that followed was exceptional – €23 a head for a three course feast (selected from about a dozen options for each course) and a never-ending supply of a very acceptable local red. A great way to end a great week! 

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