28.03. - Pushing limits in El Chorro (by Hannes)

Having worked as a teacher for the last 365 days, I decided to take a time out and go to Andalusia, south Spain, to enjoy some winter sun and re-charge my batteries before working in the Outdoors again in 2017.

Here I met Björn, a German born languages teacher living in Norway. Björn has been climbing for almost a couple of years now and takes the safety side of things serious, as well as being interested in continuously learning new tricks on the wall. He came out here with a couple Norwegian friends who he took climbing on some easier multi pitches. When his friends left, he decided it was time for himself, to test and push his climbing limits high up above the valley floor. He did amazing!! 

This was an awesome day out and I'd like to thank him for being great company too.










Route 3 "Apocalipsis"

At the bottom ... 210m to go

Björn leading pitch 3




We were thankful for finding this cave halfway up the wall! The shade was much needed. Despite taking 6 liters(!) of water, the sun was relentless.

Björn on pitch 5

Björn on pitch 5



Björn after leading the 6c crux pitch, exhausted but happy :)

The summit shot

Björn on the summit ridge, an awesome finish to a great day out!

 

We stayed at The Olivebranch, an atmospheric and well situated climbers refugio directly below a crag!  Great place to come for some winter sun. Thanks to the whole team working at the Olive Branch, as well as to all the great people I met here during my stay. I will be back. Also, many thanks to Bernabé Fernandez, who dedicates a lot of his time to equipping new routes in this area. Who knows, we might offer trips out here soon :)

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