Date(s) - 12/10/2021 - 23/10/2021
Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain
Meet organiser: Stuart Watson
The meet planned for October 2020 has now been postponed to the same time in 2021 due to COVID19.
In October 2021 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…
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
Jim & Jane
Mark & Claire
Richard & Carolyn
Jon & Fiona
Steve & Chris
Phil & Liz N
Ian & Linda M
To book or for more information email Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call his mobile 07801132576.