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Spanish Rocks

Go Ape’s Naturally Powered Adventures are designed and subsidised so that they’re accessible to all tribe members. In October 2022, Go Ape tribe members from all across the UK set off for Costa Blanca for a week of Spanish sun, rocks and adventure. 

Go Ape Ops Support, Jo McLaren, shares more:

With storms forecast in the UK, 15 of us escaped to the Costa Blanca for a trip where the main focus was to get out rock climbing in the winter sun.

Spanish landscape

We were greeted with fantastic 28-degree sunshine on reaching Alicante and after some of us had an interesting hire car arrival experience made our way to the town of Finestrat and the Orange House which was to be our base for the week. After some quick discussion we decided to head out to the nearest crag for an hour or 2 of climbing before a quick dip in the swimming pool.

spanish accomodation instructors playing in the pool
Stormy skies in Spain

The routine was broken by the “rest day”. I had in mind lounging on the beach, maybe a nice relaxed Spanish style lunch with beer/wine/cocktails and a siesta on the beach. It seemed like everyone else had the idea of hiking a 1400m peak! After an incredibly steep and sweaty ascent we made it to summit (it was worth it) and after 5 hours we made it back to the cars. Definitely not a rest day but we all had a great time.

go ape instructor posing on climbing wall

The final day before we travelled home was spent climbing or taking on a via ferrata with some incredible views and obstacles including a pendulum swing a coupe of hundred meters on the face of the crag. Everyone had a great time and all came away tired and happy with their climbing accomplishments. I think everyone needed a few days of holiday to recover from the holiday! I for one, hope we make it back next year as there is so much more climbing and exploring to do.

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Spanish landscape