June 07, 2005

Spain trip 2005

Well it started off in a fun way. Up at the crack of dawn to be on the road for the unearthly hour that is 5:30am. We sped down to Luton and had a very quick run.. or at least it seemed quick when you sleep through it. After a early phone call from rach making sure i didn't kill myself on holiday.

We flew out to Alicante and stayed at a very nice hostel called the Orange House

On the first day we went to a good rock face, about 15mins away by car, called sella. This is where I did my first ever sport climbing lead. It was a truly terrifying experience the moment you get above your clip you realise that the rope is below you and if you fall you are going to fall several metres. You then focus on your holds and footing , and no matter what you do, they always seem to be getting more slippery, or, are smaller than you first thought.

The rest of the trip is a whirlwind of climbing experiences and amusing drunken nights with great mornings after. Notably i managed to Flash lead a nice 6C+ and lead a 7A which is my best outdoors at the moment.

So a great trip was a great success i particularly enjoyed Ghandia, a great place with lots of powerful low clmbs as well as a great climb up a hole which you could invert yourself in on the way down.

I would like to thank…
Our cars driver for his speedy driving (surpassing the speed limit with considerable ease) which meant we were first to the rock and first back to the single cooker. HAHA
Thanks Trandy for the projectile vomit off the top bunk. Finishing that bottle of vodka was a truly monumental effort. I don't have a picture but this was a monster 3 litre gone in one night.
Ta to Jack who climbed with me; leading up the problems so that i could then do them on top-rope (i'm such a pansy)
Finally i'd like to applaud rich who was the first resident at the orange house to need to be air lifted off the mountain. You are a filmstar as some of the other residents at the orange house cracked out the videocameras to film the rescue ( I would also like to point out that once rich got back climbing after several months off it only took him abut a week to break his foot.)

So when's the next one..


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  1. Is that as in UKC - 'the orange house'?! hehe – how weird that i stubbled upon this entry!

    07 Jun 2005, 11:28

  2. Not sure what UKC stands for but we stayed at the orange house for several days. it was really nice. lots of sun adn the people who own it are great. There is now a link to the orange house on the article.

    07 Jun 2005, 12:02

  3. UKC is for www.ukclimbing.com, i think the owners post on the forums.

    07 Jun 2005, 13:48

  4. sam orange

    Well this was a shock as I did a search for Orange House as I do some times and I found this surprise. Thanks to all you that said nice things and I hope we see you again soon.
    Sam Orange :0)

    24 Jan 2006, 15:47

  5. Hehe its funny how things turn up isnt it. The Orange House looks fun and your tv bit on the BBC was fab. Hope it did well at advertising your facilities.

    26 Jan 2006, 16:28


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