The Clymb Travel Journal: Climbing Spain

Suzie Gotis
A freelance photographer based out of Portland, OR, I am always out on the road exploring new locations, climbing, hiking, or camping. I have a passion for all things outdoors, and doing things that make a positive impact on others and the environment. See her work. 

Why Spain?
The amazing red wine that costs next to nothing, the fresh olive oil that will make you drool, and most of all, the laid-back lifestyle that’s perfect for climbers.

I didn’t know too much about Spain before the trip, other than that it was Chris Sharma’s stomping ground and that there’s great climbing. I didn’t realize the extent of the variety and styles of climbing that exist within the country. I fell in love with Spain’s landscapes, endless climbing options, and most of all the culture.

Some Highlights?
I started with the intention of only doing one climbing trip, the Siurana Sport Climbing Trip. Although after having such a fun week of climbing, and having Pablo as a guide I knew I needed to take advantage of climbing more with Rockbusters while in Spain.

A major highlight was during the multi-pitch course. I had never climbed trad, and had only done a few multi-pitch climbs before. Having the opportunity to tackle both of them at the same time, and push myself while feeling comfortable and trusting my guide was huge. There’s nothing quite like being six pitches up and 700 feet off the ground!

What Were Your Packing Essentials
You really only need climbing shoes, a harness, a belay device, and basic hiking essentials. Rockbusters provides the rest of the gear. Which is nice, especially if you have traveling plans before/after the climbing trip, so you don’t need to worry about lugging around heavy climbing gear.

Tell us about Rockbusters
I’ve never done a guided climbing trip before, so I didn’t know what to expect. Climbing with Rockbusters was amazing, and so much more than I could’ve asked for. I was able to quickly trust my guide Pablo, his sense of humor and emphasis on safety really allowed me to let go, climb hard, and enjoy the areas we were climbing.

What made the trip so special?
Aside from all the beautiful landscapes and amazing climbing, I made some great relationships along the way. Also discovering how incredible Spain is and how there’s so much more of the country I’d like to explore.

Where do you want to go next?
South America is next! It’s been on the top of my list for years. So you’ll find me in either Argentina, Chile, or Bolivia within the next year.

For more information on booking a trip to Spain, check out our Clymb Adventures page here.