Hot Rock Climbing Meet: Calpe

Loading Map....

Date/Time
Date(s) - 13/10/2020 - 24/10/2020
All Day

Location
Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain

Meet organiser: Stuart Watson
Pub afterwards:

Categories


In October 2020 we are running a climbing meet to Calpe (an hour’s drive north of Alicante airport on Spain’s Costa Blanca). Your other half is welcome too – we normally end up with a mix of singles and couples – there is plenty for non-climbing partners to do.

Accommodation will be in one of two large villas (1x 7 bedroom, 1x 6 bedroom), both with their own pool, both very near each other, 5 mins walk from the beach, bars, restaurants, etc…
https://www.plusholidays.es/en/rentals/villa-calpe-caleta-193819.html
https://www.plusholidays.es/en/rentals/villa-calpe-calalga-195254.html

The accommodation cost should be between £140-£220 per person for the 11 nights (depending on whether we can fill every bed). This is less than £20 per night so cheaper than most youth hostels.

A typical itinerary could include…

Toix – good warm up location 44 routes < 4+, 91 routes 5-6a+ (mostly sport). Well worth visiting for 2+ days. A nice layback route up a big flake Espolon Limbalan (5) 2 pitches.

Puig Campana -Espolon Central – HS (4+) 13 pitches (trad) in a mountain environment.

Penon – Via Pany – HS/VS- (5) 7 pitches (trad). The Penon is the huge rock sticking out of the sea that dominates Calpe.

Penon – Via Valencianos – VS (5+) 8 pitches (trad)

Olta – great location with good views overlooking Calpe with hundreds of sport routes at all grades.

Dozens of other great crags with a thousand routes within a 1 hour drive

Bernia Ridge – fantastic mountaineering day mainly grade 3 scrambling with short section of climbing (4)

Toix Ridge – another ridge scramble but with more climbing (10 pitches total with several climbing pitches up to 5+)

Canyon 1 – Barranc de l’Estret de les Penyes (Algar)

Canyon 2 – Gorgo de la Escalera (Anna)

Both canyons involve abseils through waterfalls up to about 15m high and need a wetsuit. Brilliant adventure though – worth buying a cheap wetsuit for (I bought mine for £25 from Mountain Warehouse). The only climbing skill required is abseiling, so some non-climbing partners may be interested.

Walk – to the summit of the Penon

Walk – Benissa along a path halfway up a cliff face

Walk/swim – Fonts de vela (natural springs)

Guadelest – climb or sightsee (a castle on top of a mountain with climbing routes around it – 13 routes < 4+, 92 routes 5-6a+). Great place to visit even if you don’t climb – bars with fab views.

Beach – villas 5 mins walk from lovely sandy beach

Via Ferrata  – 2x easy 2x hard (the best one is 1.5 hours drive from Calpe but it is pretty amazing with a ‘gate swing’ where you hinge out above the abyss).

The best guide is the Rockfax Costa Blanca guide.

It is best to fly to Alicante. Flights are available from…

Newcastle – Ryanair (out:20:00, back:08:30 from £143), Jet2 (out:06:05, back:12:20 19:10 from £167**), EasyJet (out:06:00, back:20:55 from £180), TUI (out:06:30, back:13:05 from £290)

Liverpool – Ryanair (out:16:40, back:18:30 from £146), EasyJet (out:19:20, back:1820 from £214)

Leeds Bradford – Ryanair (out:17:25, back:18:05 from £114), Jet2 (out:08:30, back: 21:35 from £207**)

Manchester – Ryanair (out:06:30 17:15 19:25, back:11:40 14:30 22:35 from £171), EasyJet (out: 07:15 19:20, back: 10:45, from £206), Jet2 (out: 07:00, back:11:55 15:45 from £224**), TUI (out:06:00 18:50, back: 11:20 from £277)

Stansted- Ryanair (out:06:35 16:45, back: 10:25 21:15, from £70), Jet2 (out:10:55, back:13:15, from £196**)

** If you book with Jet2 you can get an extra 15% off with the code JET2ANYWHERE

The other costs are a share of car hire (maybe £50pp) and food/drink.

We have 18 confirmed or almost certain, 2 extra probable, and 2 more who aim to join us as part of their own separate adventure (22 in total)..
Stuart & Celia (13th-24th, flights booked via Jet2 from Stansted)
Jim & Jane (only staying 13th-20th, flights booked via EasyJet from Newcastle)
Judith
Mark & Claire
Richard & Carolyn
Jon & Fiona
Steve & Chris
Bob
Geraint
Ian N
Matt
Bryan
Phil & Liz N
Ian & Linda M

To book or for more information email Stuart at stuartataltitude@gmail.com or call his mobile 07801132576.

Members who have paid a deposit for this meet will worried about whether COVID-19 may require this meet to be cancelled. We do not have to pay the final payment for the villas until August. Therefore we can wait and see how things develop and whether government advice to avoid international travel changes. In July we can either a) continue as originally planned, b) cancel both villas and lose our deposit, or c) cancel 1 villa (if some members want to pull out but others still want to travel).

Meet information

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #4639 Share

    I am proposing to run a climbing meet to Calpe (an hour’s drive north of Alicante airport on Spain’s Costa Blanca) in October 2020. Your other half is welcome too – we normally end up with a mix of singles and couples – there is plenty for non-climbing partners to do.

    Accommodation would be in one or two large villas, close to the beach, bars and supermarket.

    There are currently 2 villas available in a good location (near each other), near the beach, each with a pool: 1 x 6 bed (3xdbl 3xtwin 4 bath) and 1x 7 bed (4xdbl 3xtwin 5 bath). Proposed date Tue 13 – Friday 23 or Sat 24 October. I’m proposing going for longer than a week as it is difficult to fit everything into 6 days, which is all you get if you travel Sat-Sat. However, some may prefer to come for 1 week (say Tue-Tue or Sat-Sat) only. Some have expressed a preference for Tue 13- Fri 23 as the Friday flight is £50 cheaper than the Saturday flight. We can shuffle the dates to suit the majority. If many people choose to come for a different subset of the dates, the cost per person would go up a bit due to the villas being partially occupied for a few days. Accommodation cost would be between £140-£200 per person for the 10 nights (depending on whether we can fill every bed). I’d be trying to get commitment quickly so that we can book one of the villas – late deciders would have to sort their own accommodation.

    A typical itinerary could include…

    Toix – good warm up location 44 routes < 4+, 91 routes 5-6a+ (mostly sport). Well worth visiting for 2+ days. A nice layback route up a big flake Espolon Limbalan (5) 2 pitches.

    Puig Campana -Espolon Central – HS (4+) 13 pitches (trad) in a mountain environment.

    Penon – Via Pany – HS/VS- (5) 7 pitches (trad). The Penon is the huge rock sticking out of the sea that dominates Calpe.

    Penon – Via Valencianos – VS (5+) 8 pitches (trad)

    Olta – great location with good views overlooking Calpe with hundreds of sport routes at all grades.

    Dozens of other great crags with a thousand routes within a 1 hour drive

    Bernia Ridge – fantastic mountaineering day mainly grade 3 scrambling with short section of climbing (4)

    Toix Ridge – another ridge scramble but with more climbing (10 pitches total with several climbing pitches up to 5+)

    Canyon 1 – Barranc de l’Estret de les Penyes (Algar)

    Canyon 2 – Gorgo de la Escalera (Anna)

    Both canyons involve abseils through waterfalls up to about 15m high and need a wetsuit. Brilliant adventure though – worth buying a cheap wetsuit for (I bought mine for £25 from Mountain Warehouse). The only climbing skill required is abseiling, so some non-climbing partners may be interested.

    Walk – to the summit of the Penon

    Walk – Benissa along a path halfway up a cliff face

    Walk/swim – Fonts de vela (natural springs)

    Guadelest – climb or sightsee (a castle on top of a mountain with climbing routes around it – 13 routes < 4+, 92 routes 5-6a+). Great place to visit even if you don’t climb – bars with fab views.

    Beach – villas 5 mins walk from lovely sandy beach

    Via Ferrata  – 2x easy 2x hard (the best one is 1.5 hours drive from Calpe but it is pretty amazing with a ‘gate swing’ where you hinge out above the abyss).

    It is notoriously difficult to get club members to commit but the villas will be booked up soon. There are always plenty of apartments available so late committers can sort their own accommodation, but if you want to be in one of the villas to be more sociable then you need to decide quickly and be ready to pay a £100 deposit so I can book.

    Flights from Liverpool are currently about £185 (with a cabin bag plus a 20kg bag, which is fine for sport climbing) or £236 (with 2 bags if you want to take a big trad rack). Flights from Newcastle are currently about £287 (with 1 20kg bag) or £356 (with 2 bags). We can share trad racks so only a few need 2 bags I think.

    The other costs are a share of car hire (maybe £50pp) and food/drink.

    Can you let me know…

    If you are interested but unable to commit at the moment

    If you are interested and ready to commit and pay £100 deposit so we can book a villa

    Which dates within the 13th-24th October period you would ideally like to arrive/leave.

    Best to email me direct at stuartataltitude@gmail.com

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #4716 Share

    Update:

    5 Rooms already spoken for! So let me know ASAP if you might be interested.

    The flight costs in my earlier email were from Newcastle and were quite expensive. Flights from Liverpool are about £100 cheaper (£181 with a cabin bag and check in bag). Some have suggested going Tuesday 13 – Friday 23 (instead of the 14-24 Oct suggested in my previous email) to save on flight costs (Friday flights are about £50 cheaper than Saturday) and this looks like a good choice for many. Some will probably stay on till the Saturday though. We’ll decide when everyone who is interested in coming has expressed their preference.

    Even if you are unsure, it would help me a lot to know if you are considering coming, so do drop me a quick email (stuartataltitude@gmail.com) or give me a call (07801132576) to discuss more. Don’t wait until I’ve booked the smaller villa!

    Cheers Stuart

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.