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2014-03-01 Curbar   Leave a comment

Oh, nice… cloud inversion in the valley today” says Matt, as we approach the Main Area of Curbar.  That’s low lying fog to you and I.  ‘Great’, I think.  From England’s wettest winter, we’re probably moving on to our shittiest spring since some hapless rain-spotter starting taking note, <sigh>. 

2014-03-01 05 Curbar Main Area

But it wasn’t bad, in fact it was a pretty good day.  Consider that it’s all trad, it’s all hard and it’s grit, I always find muscle-aches the day after grit that I don’t get on limestone.

Carver Wall, VS 5a at Carver Wall was a nice warmer, on to Baron’s Wall, VS 5b and a spot of lunch.  We’re eyeing up Sorrel’s Sorrow HVS 5a over lunch and just about despatch it ok.  We ditch the rope then and boulder a few problems in The Trench.  A good day at a good venue.

Sorrel's Sorrow, HVS 5a   Trench Flakes, V3 (6a)#

VS 5a    VS 5b    HVS 5a   V2


Posted 2014/03/03 by allend66 in bouldering, Peak District, Rockclimbing

2013-12-30 Ca La Sofia   Leave a comment

Preparation work today in Sofia for the upcoming Lligueta de Bulder de la IV Veguería.  This year we have one more club taking part, making 5 clubs in total, with access to problems limited to 3 days of 1 week only per club.  But time is short so today instead of Siurana (sigh, so many projects…) we’re sorting out routes.  Three roped lines outside, and 7 boulder problems inside.

2013-12-30 06 Ca La Sofia

Today we have the 3 roped lines ready.  I managed to send all three of them so they can’t be that difficult:

Blue, 5+                     Yellow, 6a+               Green, 6c+

Via de Cuerda 1, 5    Via de Cuerda 2, 6a    Via de Cuerda 3, 6c

The yellow has an unseen sit start to the right, which adds around 5 or 6 moves to the line.  The green route is climbed without the left hand arête.

Topos here.

Posted 2014/01/05 by allend66 in bocs, bouldering, Ca La Sofia

2013-10-19 Ca La Sofia, Routesetting   Leave a comment

With only half a day to put up some new routes, we get to work stripping the easy Blue, 5+ from the left side and I put up a new Green, 6c+/7a? as shown.  The feature in the middle of the wall will need to be taken but the left hand corner/arete is not to be touched – marked with crosses.  There’s a nice full body tense needed to stay on at the first of the two difficult moves.  The second difficult move is below the chain.  The grade is a guess as I didn’t have time to redpoint it all, just work through the moves.  Venga bous!…

Green, 7a?

Posted 2013/10/27 by allend66 in Ca La Sofia, Rockclimbing

2013-03-06 Maspujols, Lliga Boulder de la IV Vegueria   Leave a comment

It’s our turn to host activities in the 5-club bouldering league in beautiful downtown Maspujols.  Tonight, tomorrow (Thursday 7th) and next Wednesday & Thursday (13th & 14th) is when registered contestants can try the 10 problems: 8 boulder, 2 roped lines.  Information here.  Today’s photos here.

Posted 2013/03/07 by allend66 in bouldering, Ca La Sofia, Rockclimbing

BOCS 2013, sort of…   Leave a comment



Posted 2013/02/15 by allend66 in bocs, bouldering, Ca La Sofia

Lliga De Boulder Intercentres de la IV Vegueria 2013   1 comment

“Inter-centre Bouldering League IV Vegueria 2013”

As part of our inauguration celebrations for the new 9mtr climbing wall, we’re organising a bouldering competition set over 5 centres:

Each club will have 10 boulder problems available to be tried over a two week period, in the above order, starting with Hospitalet Feb 18th – March 1st and ending with Tarragona April 15th – 26th.  More detail here, and subscriptions can be made on the FEEC site here.


Price is €8 or €10 depending if your FEEC federated (insured), and there’s a material lucky dip and prizes.  Places are limited.

** Closing date for inscriptions: 15th February **

Posted 2013/02/07 by allend66 in bocs, bouldering, Ca La Sofia, Rockclimbing

2013-02-05 Ca La Sofia Rocodrome Extension   Leave a comment

A bit late in coming, but hopefully worth it… the roped lines in Maspujols’ very own rocodrome, Ca La Sofia are now more or less done.  We’ll continue to tweak them, I’d like to swap over two lime green holds to make the short 7a less painful, and we’re working on using the layback feature with the odd purple hold, but it isn’t a priority at the moment.  So, here’s a list of routes.  All grades are proposed, but fairly accurate:

  • Blue, 5+
  • Dark Green, 6a
  • Yellow, 6a+ (direct), 6a+/b (right hand sit start)
  • Red (right hand sit start only), 6b+
  • Salmon, 6b+/c
  • Lime Green, 6c+/7a
  • Purple + Features, ??


And the topo:  This shows all minus the new lime green and purple routes, and the right hand sit start for the yellow and red lines.  This topo, along with the boulder problems used for last year’s BOCS, and this year’s Interclub Bouldering Competition, or “Lliga De Boulder Intercentres De La IV Vegueria 2013” can be downloaded here

2013-01-10 Roped Lines

More news about the upcoming 2013 Lliga de Boulder in which we are organising to come soon…

Posted 2013/02/05 by allend66 in bouldering, Ca La Sofia, Rockclimbing