We arrived in Barcelona around mid autumn. We headed straight for Montserrat. This wonderful climbing area, perched on a mesa overlooking the Mediterranean and Barcelona.
Our plan was to climb the famous Punsola-Reniu route. First climbed in the 1970s, we expected it to be a stiff, sandbagged route and it was – especially when the wind and cold pick up halfway up the route.
Our first ‘attempt’ to climb the route came to an unexpected halt when we were overtaken by a group of Spanish climbers (with a film crew). The main climber climbed it one-legged! (lost his leg in a motorcycle accident; doesn’t keep him from sending though)
The hike up to the base of the climb was not challenging, however, if you walk from the Montserrat, Monastery it adds an unnecessary 1 1/2 hours to your hike! Better to park along the road before the toll entrance.
The route was fantastic, even with the weather turning on us.
We made quick work of the climb, even though we were a 3 person team.