Costa Blanca Mountain Adventures
The Bernia Ridge and other multi-activity adventures
By Mark Eddy
A multi-activity guide to outdoor adventure in Spain's Costa Blanca, with 60 route suggestions covering ridge scrambles, via ferrata, canyoning, sport climbing, trad climbing, hiking, trail running and mountain biking. Many routes require climbing experience, although they vary in difficulty, with options suitable for a range of abilities.
SeasonsThe Costa Blanca season is long, with the optimum time for a visit being between October and early May. The Gota Fria (a cold, unsettled spell) sometimes visits during autumn and can linger for a week or two.
CentresEasy access from Alicante. The Jalon/Xalo valley makes a great base. If you prefer to be on the coast, the Calpe/Altea area works well, though there are plenty of other options, including La Nucia, Denia and Benidorm.
DifficultyFrom easy walking routes right through to 500m trad-climbing routes and technical canyon descents. All routes are graded, with plenty of mid-grade options. Your chosen activity may require particular skills and equipment, details of which are provided in the guide.
Must SeeThe alpinesque Castellets ridge and iconic Puig Campana - a mountaineer's delight; near-subterranean adventure in the Barranco del Infierno; cycling the famous Col de Rates
There are few destinations in Europe where you can enjoy typical 'summer' outdoor pursuits in the middle of winter. However, Spain's Costa Blanca is one such place and the range and quality of activities on offer is outstanding. This multi-activity guide presents a handpicked selection of 60 ridge routes, via ferratas, canyons, sport-climbing crags, trad-climbing crags, hikes, trail runs and road-cycling routes to inspire keen adventurers to explore the region's striking ridges, peaks, crags and barrancos (canyons). A broad spectrum of activities is covered - although since many of the routes involve climbing skills and rope-work, the guide is particularly well suited to climbers interested in a multi-activity holiday - and there are plenty of mid-grade options.
Although quieter in winter, Costa Blanca is well served for accommodation and facilities, with easy access from Alicante. The guide includes plenty of useful information to help you plan your holiday and directions to help you locate the start-point for each activity. All of the activities are clearly graded and include route description and mapping and - for the climbing routes and via ferratas - photo topos illustrating the line of the route. Handy tables summarise the key information, making it easy to choose an activity to suit. With inspiring colour photography to whet your appetite, Costa Blanca Mountain Adventures is the perfect companion to discovering the adventures that await in this bounteous region.
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Mark Eddy is a mountain guide and outdoor activity instructor living in the English Lake District. He began climbing in the early 1990s and has put up a number of first ascents in the UK and Spain.
A fairly normal schooling in northern England led into mundane employment roles, none of which were satisfying. The quest for change began with an Open University course that soon became a degree focusing on Geography. This laid the initial foundations for more fulfilling work guiding in the mountains.
Mark has been a regular visitor to south-east Spain for 30 years and is still discovering more of this wonderful place, always choosing the path less followed in the pursuit of adventure.
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