Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sant Llorenc de Montgai


Since we left Barcelona late, we decided to check out Sant Llorenc de Montgai on our way up to Terradets.  We scouted this area out a few days earlier and were excited to check out the steep, brown caves at the top of the hill.


The right cave.


Another view.


The amazing view.  Arguably better than the climbing.



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Here are some shots from the day.  Ted on Patiasso al Pallaso 7c+.  I never complain about polished routes, but this route is slimy!  Looks way better than it climbs- probably because I am a sucker for tufas.


This climber really, really, really likes brushes!  Four brushes held to his chalkbag by the elastic from an old pair of underwear.


The frustratingly crowded left cave.  Why aren't these people at Terradets?


Unknown Spanish climber on Montse la Traviesa 7c.


Tired of waiting for the good routes, Ted got on this crumbly 7c.


Of course, there was poop everywhere.  This was directly below the route Ted is trying above.


Although we had fun and were glad we explored another crag, we all agreed that our time would have been better spent at Terradets.  However, if this was in Boulder, we would shamelessly climb there.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Barcelona

Despite two Iphones and five college degrees, we still drove around in circles trying to find our hotel in Barcelona.  Eventually, we parked our cars, and checked into our hotel.







I love alleys(you never know what you will find around the corner). Fortunately, Barcelona is full of them!  Here are some of the things I found...  




















 

Video of the inside of a huge cathedral.

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We also strolled some bigger streets, like the La Rambla.  Apparently, this is the pickpocket capital of Europe.  Despite looking very American and touristy, nobody got ripped off.  Probably because we look so burly and tough!






There is also a very impressive market just off the La Rambla.





One night we hiked to the top of a huge hill to see Gaudi's Parc Guell.  Here's the view. 

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On Alan's last night in Spain, we went out for a nice meal.





  
 Ted even got a haircut.  No more Muy Senior.
After a few days, we got restless, 
and felt the familiar tug of climbing.  So we packed up, and headed back to the promise land. 

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