Another of the highlights of our ultimately truncated 2020 Spain trip was our discovery of this climbers’ paradise near Olba, in southern Aragon. Five hundred routes on superb orange and grey rock, oriented in all directions around the gushing confluence of two rivers, and all accessible on foot from a simple but idyllic camping spot. There’s photos and beta on two of the three main areas from that trip here:
We had three great days in the company of Justin, Chris, Phil and Ali, before heading south to host the Rucksack Club SunRock meet – fully expecting to be back a couple of weeks later. Of course, that wasn’t to be – fast-forward two years and it was great to be back!
Arriving on a Sunday afternoon, the camping area was quite busy with Spanish weekend teams, but they’d all disappeared by evening leaving us to share the place with a couple of Germans.
Most of the what/where/how beta is contained in the previous couple of posts, so here’s a few extra pics and a rest-day recce of both sides of Hoz del Mijares (which turned out to be poorly timed as it was the only day that would have been hot enough to enjoy the magnificent shady walls of the Umbrio sectors – bu@@er, we’ll just have to come back again!)
Firstly, here’s an update to the link for the very comprehensive online topos at TheCrag.com – you could get away with just this, but I’d really encourage you to buy the excellent topo from the refugio which helps support the bolting.
Extremities of Palomarejas Lado Soleado:
Casucho Sector Meteoblue and Bergfreundeturm
Rest-day Recce of Hoz de Mijares sectors
A showery day and the prospect of an extended cold snap had us exploring multiple forecasts and guidebooks – you’ll have to click on the next post to find where the spinning wheel of fortune stopped for the next bit of Rockaroundtheworld – but you can be sure we’ll be back in this magical Mijares climbing garden before too long!