Josune Bereziartu - Pro Blog 3

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NAVALOSA

For four or five years, a boulder meeting is organized in the center of Spain. Navalosa is a very rural, small village located under the rocky mountains of the “Sierra de Gredos.”

Each year a lot of boulderers colonize the village and dress up the fields with the different colors of crash pads. It's becoming the most popular event organized in Spain around climbing. This year it was pretty special; it became a Petzl Rock Trip, and for sure this allows to be even more popular.

The ancient habitants look patiently and very focused to us, because they want to understand why we are loosing our time in climbing those rounded granite stones in the most difficult way. "Hey guys what for are you doing that? Just for fun?! I have some good, fun work on my farm ..." they tell us glancing at our red eyes from last night's party.

The village usually has less than 200 habitants, but for this event the population increases up to 2,000 people. Many different tasty food smells mixes with the “plastics food bars”. In the center of the village square, the locals take out their barbecues to cook the chickens, lamb chops, eggs, sausages, and many other things.

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Rikar and me climbed many boulder problems all of them between V6-V8 even if we found them very difficult to try, because of the crowded boulders and the spectators. Petzl organized the event as a competition in which the competitor had to note on a piece of paper the climbed problem. But at the end of the day, most competitors forgot all the annotations and bouldered just for fun. And we think that this spirit should be the best.

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Jocks apart, this place is a fantastic boulder spot for climbers that are looking for technical moves and small edges. There aren’t many high-level problems. But opposite to this there are an infinite number of nice and aesthetic movements between a difficulty of V3 to V7. I personally like this because I can spend all day buldering different problems instead of being focused strictly on one hard move. I like to feel some stamina and at the end of the day with my forearms and feeling the season as a good training for power endurance.

Rikar and me had a nice weekend climbing and enjoying with some friends — it was a long time since last seeing them. A very fanatic bouldering season preparatory for a better autumm climbing season ... ah! And the next blog will come from a different continent ...

—Josune Bereziartu

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