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Climbers excel during Spanish trip

Intrepid Senior School climbers enjoyed tackling new challenges during their week-long trip to Spain.

After a long day travelling to their home for the week, the pupils were keen to get out and test their skills. They stayed local as they headed to Sierra de Toix, a venue that offered a great range of routes on the different crags that make it up.

It was great to see everyone climbing well straight from the off, with Torin Mills and Chloe Almond achieving their trip goal of leading 6b. Others demonstrated good composure on some interesting climbs, with challenging exposure. With nearly all of the pupils leading, it meant that they functioned extremely well as a group to select their own routes and objectives. They also set themselves some goals to work towards to stretch their ability and further develop their climbing.

The next day and a half was a washout due to high winds and rain but, as soon as conditions improved, the group were out and about again.

After some time spent in Calpe for lunch, they visited Alcalali. The location provided enough dry rock of varying grade to allow everyone to climb for a few hours and many pupils stepped up to the plate – flashing 6a’s, upping their grade and putting into practice the skills to strip a route.

Excellent climbing on varied graded routes at Gandia crag saw Tom Morton demonstrate smooth controlled climbing as he led a range of 5’s and a steely 6a+.

The penultimate day saw the pupils travel to Sella to climb some longer pitches. It turned out to be a good decision as many pupils excelled including Tom, Chloe, Zoe Shah and Katie Collier who surprised themselves as they conquered the long and sustained Valor Y Coraje 6a+.

The final day saw the climbers travel up into the Echo Valley and climb at Paret de la Bassa. The crag offered a mix of short and long routes – some with styles that are not well known to pupils – and there was a good mixture of leading and top roping as everyone made the most of their final day.