Immaculate limestone, endless sunshine, perfect climbing conditions, my own little home on wheels and good friends to hang out with... What more could I possibly ask for?
There are several things I could think of which would be nice... But the thing I am mostly struggling with at the moment is my lack of fitness. I find it frustrating being surrounded by such amazing routes, but not feeling in top shape for sport climbing. I guess that is to be expected, and is the price you pay for staying away from this place for too long, and not really climbing sport routes for several months. Until last week, you could probably count the number of days I have clipped bolts on one hand. Last fall in the Valley, I dedicated all my energy on free climbing El Capitan - Mainly doing long sustained crack climbing. Then, I decided to concentrate on bouldering for six weeks, because I was feeling the need to regain some power!
I knew all along that the first couple weeks of this trip would be frustrating, and am happy with my progress. But I just have to keep reminding myself that it is all training and that each time I fall off a route, because my arms simply cannot hold on anymore, I am gaining fitness!
It does feel fantastic to be back in this wonderful land of rock and being reunited with my little van! I arrived in Europe a couple weeks ago, spent a week with my family in Germany, then headed south... My first stop was south France, where I spent several days sampling the classic crags around Provence, and enjoying french pastries! Now, I have made it down to Spain and have spent the last couple days Sport climbing "a muerte!"... Getting pumped on the tufas in Terradets and yet occasionally making it to the chains!
Stay posted for more updates from Spain!