Costa Blanca – The Final Countdown

Our intrepid team of four researchers have just spent a week in the Costa Blanca zipping around crags checking last minute changes and additions to various places. This is with a view to finishing our work on the guidebook before Christmas so that we can get it published early in the New Year.

Alan James and Mark Glaister studying the complex lines in the Bovedon cave at Gandia. Photo: Stephen Horne

The weather wasn’t great which meant trips to a couple of steep overhanging crags – Pena Rubia Sector Competicion and Gandia Bovedon – to find dry rock. Other crags visted were Guadalest, Sella Wild Side, Castallets, Bernia and Echo 2. We also went to two excellent new sectors at Bellus which have just made the cut for the new guide.

The final day was spent sampling the amazing Parle on the Toix Sea Cliffs. An awesome route in a stunning position for a grade of only 6a+.

Stephen Horne (climbing) with Alan James on the magnificent Parle (6a+) on Toix Sea Cliffs. Photo: Mark Glaister

The hard work now begins on putting the extra information into the guide and finishing everything off. At this moment it isn’t possible for me to commit to a publication date but we are aiming at eating our turkey having sent the guide off to the printers (it makes for a more restful Christmas). This would lead to a publication date of end of January. If we miss Christmas, then it will be early February. Update 4 Dec – I think we are going to miss Christmas.

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