Monday, March 16, 2009

Vilanova de Meiá or Girls Can Climb

This w-end was a perfect spring, or is it already almost summer, time had with good friends on the rocks. After last-minute changes we finished in Vilanova de Meiá. The first day we sampled our skills with Amatista on Pas Nou wall (a good overview of the area here), a sustained 6a on big shiny bolts. Here is Cathy finishing one of the pitches:

With the gained confidence, the second day saw an all-feminine ascent of Wild Planet on Roca dels Arcs, following a very appealing line in the center of the main wall, through some impressive orange overhangs and huge roofs. We were very satisfied and used each other´s strengths well to manage this route in a well organized and executed ascent - Olé to Silvia, Cathy and myelf :)! Below is the view in the middle of my aid lead of pitch 2, down on the happily belaying team:

A team was following us, this is the view on the impressive overhanging wall from the belay after pitch 3´s traverse:

And this is Silvia in a movie-like setting mastering the aid on pitch 3, hey, girls can climb!!!

The weather, the climb, the setting - everything was perfect, i can´t restrain from posting more pictures, this is the team following the dihedral of pitch 5:

And, finally, the way down, with the view on Paret de Zaratustra and the impressive shade of just-climbed Roca dels Arcs:

And here is the original topo with the new rebolting in 2008 of the aid sections (still hanging on a couple of alliens required on pitch 3). And - don´t take Vilanova´s 5+ gear run-outs lightly, even if girls can do it!

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