Leaving the US wasn’t as easy as anticipated. Our (Andrew Buckless aka Bucky and myself) flight from Boston to Dublin was delayed for about two hours, which meant that we were definitely missing our connecting flight from Dublin to Barcelona. A short flight between those two countries turned into a connection of Dublin to London to Barcelona, and an extra 10 hours added to our travel. The excitement was high and it was great to at least experience the thrill of traveling in these new countries for that much longer, even if it was just in the airport.
A very good friend of mine, Sofia Oliva-Gorra, picked us up from the Barcelona Airport and much to our luck she was able to put us up in a spare room in her home in the town of Reus for the first two nights. All the while feeding us Spanish meals and driving us to get supplies and a car for the next five weeks.
After setting up camp and taking an afternoon to get our sense of the climbing areas, we spent the next days climbing as much as our skin and bodies would allow and meeting all people that we could. Siurana is this international hub for climbers; Finish to English, Spanish to Australian, German to French, and they are all as welcoming as you would hope! I also ran into an old friend, Seiba Vanhee, from Belgium, whom I haven’t seen since my time spent in Bishop about five years ago, definitely a highlight so far! It took us about three or four days to get used to the intense endurance style here (being locals in Rumney, New Hampshire our longest routes there are the shortest routes here) but now we are moving into the flow of the style and loving the different type of fight that you have to put up to finish a route of any difficulty!
Now that the introduction week to the lifestyle and climbing has passed we are anticipating new routes, warm-ups to projects, moving on to new areas: Terradetes, endurance tuffa climbing to the north and Chulilla, beautiful canyon climbing to the south! We are also picking up a long time friend of mine, Lucas Schaffer, this Monday to join our travels for the next few weeks.