2016-05-04 Spain, La Mussara, Lo Raval   Leave a comment

Around this time last year, we reported the impending redevelopment of Mussara’s Lo Raval sector by the competent folk at the Centre Excursionista Maspujols.  Some of the gear here is over 25 years old, and in need of replacement.

The work has mostly been completed now, though there are still a few projects that need finishing.  We’re on a mission today to check a few of the routes and make sure the info is correct for an expanded topo for the sector.

Following the traditional descent via Grau Del Chaparro, (though there is a nice way in through the back door via Grau De Les Marrades Winking smile) Route 1 (new) is still a project, and thus unfinished.  There is then a gap of around 50mtrs of blank rock till you get to what we would call Lo Raval. Marked as route 2 on the topo, we check out the hard Nameless 6c.  Remember, this is La Mussara, an Old-School hard crag.

?, 6c

Edu has opened a new line, and here he is below trying El Falcó De Castelló.  Initially with a proposed grade of 7b/+, for me it is harder than 7b, with its hard start, hard middle and hard technical bridge up top, we agree on 7b+.  The name comes from a nesting falcon new to the area, which has taken up residence at the top of the crag a little ways to the right, above the easier lines of Kintros and Rosa Encarnada, and as such there is a climbing ban until the end of May.

El Faco De Castello, 7b+   2016-05-04 20 Lo Raval

We’re working on a decent topo now, and we also need to check the other lines before details are published by the Federació, who funded the rebolting.  One other thing to note is the extending of Chapi’s 1991 line El Emigrante up to 29mtrs in length, now rated at 6c with a new crux just below the chain.

Topo will be published shortly.  Maybe breathing new life into this great crag will bring it back to popularity…

6c   7b+

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Posted 2016/05/18 by allend66 in La Mussara, Lo Raval, Rockclimbing

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