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Chulilla, Valencia

Hidden 60km north of Valencia, Chulilla is a vertical limestone paradise to rival the rock climbing in the Dolomites, with some of the most sustained climbing you will find in all of Europe. The vertical and slightly overhanging walls stretch for miles and are home to 1,000+ routes that regularly surpass 30m (i.e., bring your 80m rope!). You will encounter holds of all shapes and sizes, and make sure to check the Chorreras sector with its crazy oversized tufas!

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The Oasis sector indeed feels magical while belaying among palm trees. Photo courtesy of Jurica Levatic

Got endurance?

Many climbers happily return from Chulilla with new personal bests, especially for onsights. While I agree that the grades are not the stiffest around, the climbing style itself is also very friendly. You will rarely find hard stopper moves, which means sending a route is more about finding good rhythm and flow—and having an extra dose of endurance. On the plus side, this is much easier to obtain than the raw power needed to unlock bouldery cruxes. Still, I would warmly suggest training for endurance before coming here (unless your stay will be measured in months, in which case you will have enough time to adapt on-site).

Prior to my first visit to Chulilla, I was almost exclusively doing indoor bouldering and short power endurance routes. Oh boy, did I suffer on these mega pitches! I could hardly focus on the beauty of the routes thanks to the excruciating pain in my forearms. Luckily, urging my arms and hands to not let go is my forte and I managed to rack up a decent amount of onsights nevertheless. Endurance or no-endurance, remember to climb the Spanish way and fight, “a muerte!”.

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