/ Siurana HELP!
best guidebook would be pete o'donovans new one http://www.amazon.com/Tarragona-Climbs-Catalunya-English-Catalan/dp/0956700616 there'll be plenty to go at for the grade you're after, particularly at the village crags (siurana is essentially split into 2 main areas - village and valley). no idea where you'd find one in london but there's a small climbing shop in cornudella (the town below siurana village) that would more than likely sell it. there's a local guide that is fairly decent but yeah if you can get your hands on pete's new one then do. have fun!
Not much in the way of food shops in Cornudella, so stop at Carrefour on the way to stock up.
Forecast looks good for climbing but not that warm, low / mid teens in the day, probably close to freezing at night so take some warm clothes as well. Lots of sunny crags which should be in good condition. At your grades siurana has some decent routes but they can be a bit fierce for the grade. If you get the Pete o'd guide and have transport its worth considering visiting some of the other crags like mussara which is great for routes in the 6s. Siurana is a great place to be based with tremendous views and a good climbers atmosphere.
Great present! For routes, I remember the crag Grau dels Masets having quite a few good routes in the 5+ to 6a range and being a fairly easy walk from the camping area/village.
Unless things have changed since a couple of months ago, this isn't true, because I bought my copy of the o'Donovan/Andrada guide in the campsite bar, and they had a whole boxful of them.
Incidently, the newer guide is excellent and a light year better in quality than the older ones.
You're probably already on your way now but if not, pack an extra woolly (or better still, a windproof) — it's been fine in the sun these last few days but the wind has had a distinctly sharp edge to it.
As Alun says, the 'Tarragona Climbs' guidebook is available at Siurana camping.
For routes in your grade-range check out 'Can Marges' (upper and lower), 'Grau dels Masets - Esquerra' and the right-hand side of 'Esperó Primavera'.
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