The first stop of our 2012 road trip is Rodellar. Some people called us crazy as it is known to be super cold and suffer from seepage in the winter. We arrived in Santander after a very interesting 36 hour ferry journey, which involved a mixture of pub quizzes and bingo amongst the ex pats heading back to Spain after the holiday season.
We saw nothing but blue sky and sun - until we hit Rodellar. Frost everywhere! We thought about turning back but we decided to see what the morning brings. We hit the jackpot! The last 16 days have been clear and crisp - perfect climbing conditions which is apparently very rare for Rodellar at this time of year! After adopting a car park as our casa, we were super psyched!
Rodellar is an amazing place, on the walk in from the village you see the Gran Boveda:
A phenominally steep crag with a mixture of Tufa's and face climbing.
being a superb route on the left hand side of the Boveda.
El Clan de los M'Klau 7b+
It starts with some steep jug pulling which comming from England managed to get me super pumped, onto a rest between tufa's. The crux involves comming around off a tufa then a bouldery couple of moves into a sharp pocket with a final unwind to a jug. Fantastic route!
Another fantastic crag is El Delfin
Its got a few of the best 6 grade lines here. At thi time of year it gets the sun, so it's an awesome place to warm up. The classic line here is El Delfin at 7c+. Its super steep with a cruz at the end - heart breaker!