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.