Monday, February 23, 2009

La Mussara and Vilaplana de Prades

This w-end we went South, to explore further la Mussara in the Sierra de Prades. This place is an incredible quality limestone crag, and its highpoint is ... cracks! Yes, limestone cracks that have nothing to envy the granite ones. I took my friends and went exploring. After several warm-up and not so warm-up cracks, we dared go for the prize, one of the main lines of the crag, Jarabe de Palo, a stunning 6c+ overhanging crack line.

We had to work hard to get to the top, but after some time the anchors were reached - and a project was found! Below, me and my chalk bag going for the top rope, hard work, and lots of endurance needed to redpoint this babe...Spring will be challenging!

I can´t resist posting another picture of Jarabe, a really motivating line - and we did not even get pictures from above!

Trashed and tired, we spent Sunday at Vilaplana de Prades, another village similar to Arboli, in the Sierra de Prades. It boasts long rock bands, around 15-20m high. It is not as appealing as La Mussara, Siurana or Margaleff, the routes are very technical on very compact conglomerate-limestone, unforgiving, or maybe the Saturday cracks had gotten the best of us.

Can you believe it´s conglomerate? Only in Spain, the conglomerate mix of any type can be encountered!

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