Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Since this afternoon, our new ebook is available at the price of 7.95€ in our rocktopo shop. The book is focused, thru 59 full-colored pages, in these two Montserrat South range areas, and it deals with trad as well as sport rock climbing. You can already find the English and Catalan version. The Spanish one is comming very soon.
Friday, April 23, 2010
The West half of El Serrat del Moro is bird-banned until mid June from Casas-Chani to Esperó nordoest routes, both included. For more information about this subject: Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat web site .
Birds was first, respect them
Thursday, April 22, 2010
On April-10 we headed to Agulles Region. Just a couple of pics of Sarajevo 92 in la Miranda de les Boïgues. Both pictures are taken from El Pedestal del Martell (Jimmy Jazz route) and they show a Rocktopo staff climber dealing with the last pitch of this hard route.
Take a look at this amazing view. The Miranda de les Boïgues needle is the big one in the centre of the picture.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
On February-2 we decided to start our short week holidays climbing in the heart of Montserrat. We choosed to try JORDI VIDAL, an all-free route climbing the massive East wall of Plec del Llibre superior. The route consist of 4 long pitches (6b/6c/7a/6b+), the difficulty is mandatory and the equipment good (excellent bolts). It was established by Salvadó Figueres and Kim Santacatalina, what is guarantee of quality and boldness.
The climbing went smooth -except for a nasty wind that kept blowing during all the ascent- and every single pitch was great.
Pitch 1 is the easiest and the crux is the slightly runout section to enter the belay st.
Pitch 2 is wonderful, offering technical wall climbing with a distinguished crux to reach bolt 4. In this one there are no runout sections, but climbing is mandatory except for the central meters.
Pitch 3 has a boulder move to start, then sustained climbing all the way to the belay anchors. Look for single finger pockets in crux sections half the way up.
Pitch 4 enjoys the route's best rock and has the hardest (and mandatory) section from bolt 8 to 10.
The route is completely equipped. Bring 2 long slings for the belay anchors and 11 quickdraws, some of them longer than usual to avoid rope drag.
This is a magnificient climb, but to enjoy it you should lead at least 6c. It needs a little bit of traffic for the rock to be cleaned up in some flakey sections, but it has what it takes to become a great -though difficult- classic free climbing route.
We at ROCKTOPO are currently finishing our ebook on Plecs del Llibre-Montgròs. As soon as it is ready we'll make it available for you to download at rocktopo.com. There you'll find detailed rocktopos for Jordi Vidal and many other great routes.