Vallada – Escala de la Vida

A blustery westerly had us looking for an east-facing crag – we didn’t have to look far:

A bit further up the hillside from the Xorreres sector we’ve already explored (centre left of the photo above) is the equally impressive Escala de la Vida sector (top right), also home to around 30 routes in the 6a+ to 7b+ range.

It looks a bit of a traipse, but actually there’s a good path that forks off the lower crag approach (go right where this rustic arrow points leftwards)

… and you soon arrive at more pockety steep stone with the occasional tufa thrown in for variety.

There’s a batch of easier routes around to the right, including a few that share the same start.

Helen did 3 6a+s; here she is on the exciting layback finish to Grizzly

and the meandering adventure of GREIM

… and El Senor de las Anillos

Here’s Chris nearing the top of the 40m 6a+, The Wall:

Further left, the rock turns a bit more orange and a bit steeper, and I managed 3 7as: Eclipse, Suant Sang, and the pick of the bunch, El Ultimo que Cierre – a real battle of the bulge on sharp fingerlocks:

Further left again, here’s Justin on Roc, 6c

Tremendous crag, and well worth a return visit.

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