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Costa Blanca Jan 2009
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Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Costa Blanca Jan 2009 on 02/09/2009 02:23:02 MST Print View

Kath and I flew into Alicante late saturday evening 24th Jan handbaggage only on a cheap flight with Ryanair from Leeds, Yorkshire.

The previous night had seen a severe storm pass through and there was a lot of foliage and tree branches on the ground. It was still windy and we took refuge in a semi ruined newbuild a mile from the airport. next morning, we walked back to the airport and took a bus into Alicante. A lull in the wind gave us a chance to sit on the beach while we waited for the coastal light railway tram to Altea, up the coast past Benidorm.alicante beach

After a walk up through a millionaires urbanisation we hit the hill and scrambled up to the foot of an east facing overhanging cliff where we bivouacced the night, sheltered from the strong westerly wind and occasional showers.cliff foot

It was a stunning dawn with an incredible view over the coastal strip.dawn1


Scrambling up an angled flake in the cliff, we reached the upper slopes of the Sierra Bernia, but it was too windy to risk the ridge. Instead, we traversed along the sierra below the cliffs on a rough track used by farmers.Bernia

More great views coastwards, including the famous Penon D'iffac.
penon diffac

After a steep scramble we were rewarded with a fine view of the ridge itself.ridge

Rounding the far end of the Bernia ridge we were back into the windy stuff, and relieved to discover the Bernia restaurant had been narrowly missed by a large falling tree.fallen tree

Tuesday dawned fair and we made good time to the Col de Rates. Fine views back along the Sierra Ferrer to Bernia itself.sierra ferrer

Camping high outside Terbana, we saw another fabulous dawn weds am.dawn3

The trail down to Bellula was pretty.redflowers

As was the village itself.bellula

We made our way by bus and hitching to The Orange House, a climbing school owned by my friends Richard and Samantha house

We spent thursday doing surgery on wind damaged trees while Richard took a group climbing, and went with him and his climbing partner Gary friday morning to a cliff they were rebolting for a grade 8C route. here's Puig campagna from the orange House just before we set off.puig campagna

From the cliff foot, we headed up into the mountains for one of the most memorable days scrambling we've had.sea view

the Sierra Bernia from afarbernia ridge

We called this the sleeping dragon.dragon

From the col we climbed Monte Ponoche. More great views all around.monte ponoche view


As we lunched on the summit, a huge sea fret rolled in over the coast, engulfing Benidorm's skyscrapers.benidorm


We headed down to the col with Puig Campagna. It was too late in the day to start an ascent so we traversed around the back of the mountain.

The sea fret had filled the low valleys.fret2

The evening light above the clouds was rich.cliff light


And as the sun sank slowly in the west...sunset puig

We descended into the cloud around Finestrat...cloudlevel

Turning for a final look at the magnificent rock rib up the front of Puig Campagna...rock rib

And out to the final spanish sunset of our trip.sunset final

Edited by tallbloke on 02/09/2009 03:18:29 MST.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Costa Blanca Jan 2009 on 02/09/2009 17:35:31 MST Print View

You got some great photos from that trip, and I assume it was even prettier in person.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Re: Re: Costa Blanca Jan 2009 on 02/10/2009 03:27:23 MST Print View

Hi Thomas, and thanks.
The 550 pixel compressed jpegs certainly don't do it justice, though the originals don't look too shabby. :-)

But as you say, nothing beats 'being out there'.

I love Spain for the quality of the light, especially at the ends of the day.

Edited by tallbloke on 02/10/2009 03:31:00 MST.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: Re: Costa Blanca Jan 2009 on 02/15/2009 17:27:16 MST Print View

No...thank YOU. I especially like the sunset over the sea fret.

Edited by TomClark on 02/17/2009 19:37:19 MST.