/ European summer climbing destinations
So far we've come up with Lleida or possibly Split.
Anyone got any suggestions on places that aren't going to be too hot to climb or ridiculously expensive?
It'll be roasting in Split.
Ariège has plenty of shady or higher altitude options which could be perfect for you at that time of year according to the grades in your profile.
Plenty of accommodation choice too - some of it rather good ;-)
Fair enough, not going there then.
> Plenty of accommodation choice too - some of it rather good ;-)
Have you no shame man!
It'll be roasting in Lleida too. Most Spanish climbers head for the mountains in summer. John's suggestion of the Ariege is a good one. And I can vouch for the pleasantness of the accomadation :)
Ariège could be a good shout, what's the logistics for there John? Who flies there and whats the accommodation options?
Anyone know what the crags around Barcelona would be like then?
There's plenty of flight info on our site at http://www.chezarran.com/find-us.html but we haven't checked it for a while so some of it will be out of date in terms of which airlines fly where.
Accommodation-wise there are several British-run gites, including our own, in convenient locations. There's info on UKC here I believe as well as in the Rockfax Ariège guide. Huge numbers of other places to stay too if you go through the local tourist office (the Tarascon one would be best)
Re Lleida: early June is not exactly high summer but, as others have said, most of the south-facing crags will probably be a touch too warm for "some nice sunny bolt-clipping".
However, the shaded zones, such as Camarasa, Tres Ponts and parts of Fígols and Santa Ana should be absolutely perfect. These are the crags the locals visit once it starts warming up.
The high mountain Granite in Cavallers (single and multi-pitch sport) is also just coming into season at this time of year.
That's good news, cheers for the info Pete.
Any suggestions on decent accommodation for 4 around those parts?
Presumably you're looking for self-catering accommodation?
Here's one option that's very popular with Brits:
It's within 30 minute's drive of Collegats (another zone with plenty of shaded stuff) and Terradets, and about an hour from Camarasa.
There's plenty of other stuff around — this site is certainly worth looking at:
First 8 days of June last year here in Sella, high temperatures were generally between 29c and 32c at about 17:00 or 18:00, so probably not a good idea if you're looking for cool climbing! I've been keeping weather records for a few years now, so if you want to check out likely conditions in Sella for a given week, look at http://sella-alicante.co.uk/category/weather/
Steve Green, Sella
Malta and Gozo...there's loads of new sports routes here and a new guide published just in November :)
If Cavallers is your choice then there is camping at nearby villages - Barruera & Taull; both have wooden chalets for hire. Taull is less mosquito prone.
All sorted cheers guys.
We're heading over to the Lleida area. Got plenty of info on shady crags if it does turn out to be really hot.
Thanks for all the replies
I was Lleida area last july for two weeks and yet it is hot but there is still lots of shaded crags to go to plus if you can do to evening crags as well for some sunset climbing. In the village of Cammerassa there is an epic bakery well worth a visit every morning for massive fresh sweet and savory Croixsonts. Have a great time. Speak to the locals as there are a lot of new climbs that are not in the rock fax guide book on the higher craggs at Cammerassa.
Insult & Perjury !! you must be referring to the Lleida Climbs topo not RockFax ;)
Lleida Climbs revision 2 contains additional useful sectors at Camarasa, and further more Pete has described yet another sector here:
Thanks for the tip on the bakery, nothing beats a pain-au-chocolat and coffee for breakfast :)
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