This was our fourth November trip to Spain and it looks like it'll become an annual event. Although the weather was more unsettled than in previous years it was still much better than being in the UK and plenty of climbing was had. We caught the ferry down to Santander so started off with a couple of days in the Basque country. This is a great area and hopefully next year we will spend a few more days here.
We then stopped at Riglos as we've wanted to do the infamous 'Biceps route' for ages. Unfortunately there was a queue so some Spanish climbers recommended Chinatown. They told us the crux pitch was 7a and just to follow the black bolts. It was quite an adventure as we couldn't find any black bolts so started up the white ones, and we had no idea of the pitch grades and which one was the crux. Eventually our route split and a line of black bolts headed off to the right so we followed them. The climbing was great – big moves on big holds up impressively steep terrain. Even when we got to the top the adventure wasn't over as we took a bit of a wrong turn trying to get down, before eventually getting the right path. Altogether a great day out.
From here we headed to Rodellar and I had a good day flashing El Sici and the tricky Los Cocoteros (both 7b+) on the Aquest any Si sector. We'd spent most of October bouldering to try and get some power levels up and this seemed to pay off on the latter route which I was pleased about. My endurance wasn't too bad either. I was then pretty psyched as there's still loads of routes I want to do there but unfortunately the weather deteriorated. Steve and I tried sitting it out before admitting defeat and heading to Santa Linya. This cave is amazing and very additive, but not me at all. However, we spent most of the rest of the trip between here and Bruixes. At Bruixes I was pretty successful managing to red-point El Latido and Formula Weekend, both 8a, with each taking a couple of days. I also flashed the awesome La Indomable (7c+), finding the slab crux to be right up my street. I had a look at Treking (8a+) but was disappointed to find a big shouldery move at the top that I couldn't do. Over at Santa Linya I managed to flash the first pitch of Arqueologico (7c) but had to red-point the first pitch of Airline (7b+). I had a couple of days on the Airline extension (8a) which was coming together well, but the weather let us down and my time ran out. Fortunately, we've got a trip planned in February so I'm hoping to get back on it then.