14 december 2013

Margalef

The last climbing trip for 2013 has ended. I just returned back home after spending 3 weeks in Margalef, Spain. It was a super nice end of the season: camping, enjoying the sun, climbing whatever I felt like, just living the easy life. After about 1,5 week my skin was completely ruined. I was trying this project called Pal este (8c/+), which is extremely sharp. The route felt possible, but only if I would be able to invest a lot of time in it. The moves were really inspiring and I was super psyched for the route, so I decided to make it my main project. At one moment I was able to link about 2/3 of the route, but then the skin got so bad that I had to climb with my hands covered in tape. I was still trying Pal este, but my fingers didn't fit into the pockets anymore, so I had to give up this route. I switched to climbing 8a's which were possible with taped hands or bleeding fingers, which was a lot of fun as well.

I will definitely return to Margalef to finish my project when the skin is recovered. During the restdays we ckecked out some other climbing area's in Catalunya, which are definitely on top of the wishlist now! All together I really enjoyed the climbing. It was a really relaxed vacation after all the competitions. For now it's time to take a break. I will get back to my studies for 2 weeks before starting training for next year.

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