Garx – Formerly known as Las Cerezas (Cherries) and before that ‘Crag X’

Our only previous visit to this crag was under oath not to reveal its whereabouts or even existence – armed with a scribbled topo we had a brilliant day at Crag X as part of the 2017 Rucksack Club SunRock meet. What an absolutely belting spot!

Fast forward five years and it’s hard to think where the time went and why we haven’t been back since. Not long after our visit, word gradually spread (we didn’t blab, honest!) and Crag X was documented as Las Cerezas (Cherries) on UKC, and fast forward to 2022 and it’s in the new Costa Blanca guide as Garx. It’s still a fabulous crag – even better now in fact, as there are a bunch more routes bringing the total to around 50, split about 25%:25%:50% between 5s, 6s & 7s.

It’s a gorgeous setting, surrounded by olive groves and the eponymous cherries. The locals request that you park at the top of the hill and walk down the steep concrete road to the crag – it’s a small inconvenience to enjoy access to such a great crag.

We warmed up on Via Quatro, a great two-pitch 6b+ that can be done in a 40m oner. Here’s Helen on the first pitch.

This brings you to the top of the crag and a chance to eye up the upper tier – I’d done a stupendous 7b, Zombie Weekend, on our previous visit – straight up the middle of the leaning, orange wall and subsequently there are now a couple of 7as to its right. Todo Mal wasn’t at All Bad, and I was really pleased to hang on in there and recover after totally misreading the tricky bit around the 3rd clip.

It was great to catch up with Mike and Chris, also enjoying a first Spanish trip after an extended gap. Here’s Mike on one of the leftmost lower tier routes

Mike was kind enough to take up photography duties and got a couple of great pics of me on the Lower Tier Red Wall and the eponymous Penya Roca, 7a, a tremendous line of discontinuous cracks and pockets, with a pumpy leaning start to an easier but rope-stretching 40m conclusion.

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