Spain part 1: Rodellar & Margalef
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
29Trip End Feb 15, 2011
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Sam: We arrived late in the evening in Barcelona on 5 September after an extensive delay in Prague airport - thank you Vueling airlines. We were both pretty exhausted after spending many many hours waiting for our plane in Prague (apparently they lost one of the airline staff?) so we decided to stay the night in a hotel near the airport. The next day, we picked up our hire car (a Citroen Berlingo), got some supplies from the local Carrefour and headed for Rodellar (about 3.5 hours north of Barcelona).
We checked into our accommodation (the local climbers' refugio known as Kalandraka), dumped our things in our bunkhouse and headed straight to the bar for a drink and some lasagne
Sunday 19 September saw the beginning the Upskill Rodellar camp. This was our third camp this year and our first for Spain. It ran for two weeks. Check out the Upskill blog for the camp video and photos. The camp finished on 3 October and we decided it was time for a change of scenery.
We downsized our car to a Peugeot 207 and hit the road once again. This time, our destination was Margalef. The climbing here was great and the accommodation interesting... imagine thirty mattresses (smaller than a single bed) laid out alongside one another and you'll pretty much get the idea. Despite a few sleepless nights due to a group of noisy Italians, the place was actually ok. Very clean and free hot showers
A highlight of our time (Lee: read Sam's time) in Margalef was meeting Chris Sharma (one of the most famous climbers in the world). I was totally star-struck but managed to string enough words together to ask for a photo. He was really lovely and Lee had a good chat to him about his latest climb. (Lee: I on the other hand was totally cool about it, honestly :)
Our next stop was a small town called Cornudella de Monsant. The climbing in this region includes the well known Siurana and less-known Arboli. Unfortunately upon our arrival here, the rain arrived and Lee got sick with a cold (Lee: first illness since leaving home, damn it!). Friends we'd met in Kalymnos a few years ago (Ben and Cat) joined us here but unfortunately it was a little too wet to climb. Instead, we toured the region and sampled some of the best paella I've ever had. The sun is now shining again and Lee has shared his cold with me. A few days and some Codral should see us right.
Tomorrow, we pack up and head to our next destination...