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Spain as a whole has more climbable rock than most other countries of its size. Because of this, climbers have traveled to this mecca to experience the famous routes first hand! This particular trip is focused in Rodellar, Spain. This small town is a tufa-climbing paradise, a perfect destination for both chilled sport climbing holidays and for pushing your grade. Apart from relaxing with a glass of wine, climbing huge overhanging walls of orange limestone is the most popular way to spend your days. There are only about thirty locals living in the village but the quiet settlement is surprisingly full of life. In summer, you can not only go climbing or canyoning, but also attend yoga classes, learn African dance, enjoy concerts, flamenco shows, and many other cultural events. Rodellar is hidden among the steep cliffs of the National Park of Sierra de Guara, west of Barcelona and about a one-hour drive from a small Aragones town of Huesca. The area is famous for its dramatic, beautiful scenery. A multitude of rivers and gorges makes Rodellar a world-class destination for canyoning as well.
WHY THIS TRIP IS UNFORGETTABLE
Tufas, slopers, wide pinches, jugs, knee bars, drop knees, heel hooks and dynos are classics
Ascend huge caves and pumpy routes up to 40 meters high
Improve your climbing skills with trained professionals
Discover canyoneering through deep gorges and refreshing rivers
Stargaze while enjoying local beer and wine next to a campfire
Meander the quaint village of Rodellar
Day 1. Welcome to Spain!
Arrive to Barcelona International Airport in Spain. Our Beyond the Map guides will be waiting for you at the airport. We will begin our journey becoming oriented with the city. Hop aboard as we explore the city by bike. Tonight we will be staying in an upscale hostel in the heart of the city. After getting settled we will finish the evening with a group dinner and a brief orientation to discuss the remainder of the week.
Day 2: Rodellar Introduction
Rodellar is located in the National park of Sierra de Guara west of Barcelona. The whole area of Prepyrenees has great scenery, full of rolling hills, rivers, and gorges, making the area a world-class destination for canyoning as well.This quaint town is perched high atop the mountains. Spend the afternoon exploring the local flare until we gather for our first introduction to the sport of rock climbing. Spain is home to some of the best rock climbing in the world and is a prized activity in the country. That evening we will enjoy the local wines and take in the breathtaking stars.
Day 3: Caves & Overhangs
The fresh mountain air will surely energize you for today's adventures! After a hearty breakfast with a local family, we will join local climbing professionals to test out our skills rock climbing. The area is known for tufas, huge caves and long and steep stamina routes, but there are also many vertical crags offering some more technical climbing. Rodellar offers a good grade range from fours all the way up to 9a, but to truly appreciate the area it is recommended that you climb around f7a. Tufas, slopers, wide pinches, jugs, knee bars, drop knees, heel hooks, dynos and a lot of endurance are Rodellar classics.
Day 4: Test your Skills
There are about 400 climbs bolted in two gorges: Mascún and Alcanadre. Even though it provides all the grades and vertical crags as well as big overhangs, what makes the area special are its tufas, huge caves and long and steep stamina routes. Climbing up 40m routes, which make it all the way up through the caves such as Gran Boveda and Surgencia is a feeling impossible to describe.
Day 5: Canyons and Rivers
Adventure awaits as we hike through towering canyon walls and into narrow slot canyons. Along the way learn about the surrounding landscapes and how the importance of these places to the local communities.
Day 6: Last Day Climbing
Today is our final day of climbing in Rodellar. Challenge yourself and take in the amazing scenery before departing tomorrow.
Day 7: The End of the Journey
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end...or do they! Although we head home today, the sights and experiences in Spain will be forever a part of your life!
All inclusive convenience meets Beyond the Map adventure! We've thought of it all so you don't have to once you leave home!
Local, private transportation. No random drivers, no cattle-herding tour buses!
Rustic & modern options available, depending on your style and budget.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day. Hangry-free guaranteed!
All activities outlined in the itinerary are included in your cost before you ever leave!
From start to finish, we're with you! Unlike many companies, our expert guides are there 24/7 to provide unique information, answer questions and even deliver the occasional joke!
Why Travel With Us
I would recommend BTM for any trip you and your friends want to go on, or to any organization interested in planning a trip... especially if you are interested in "getting out there" and not just stopping at the common tourist spots everyone goes to.
This was hands-down one of the the most exciting, rewarding, and memorable trips I've ever been on! The peace of mind to know that I didn't have to worry about anything was worth every penny. All I had to do was show up. Cody and Lystina took it from there. No stress, no anxiety, no rushing around or wasting time trying to find an activity or a place to eat. I got to sit back, relax, and experience a whole new world that was far beyond my map.
Since I've been back I have recommended these trips to so many people because this company creates these remarkable journeys that allow people to experience the world in a unique way. I can't wait to go on my next expedition with Beyond the Map!