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Slovenians Markovic and Garnbret Crush in Catalunya

Janja Garnbret climbingMina Markovic climbing

Mina Markovic (left) and Janja Garnbret (right) made personal and national history in Catalunya, Spain yesterday. Markovic, the overall World Cup champ in both 2011 and 2012, has become the first Slovenian woman to climb 9a/5.14d with her send of La Fabela Pa La Enmienda. On her Instagram she says she is, “…Very pleased about the gift that Santa brought to me – new project, great line! 🙂 But, just few days after, I have already put it down. My first 9a is done!”

Following in Mina’s footsteps, 16-year-old Janja Garnbret flashed Rollito Sharma (8c/5.14b) while in Spain. Of both her and Mina’s sends Janja says, “Wow! What a day!! 😄 A huge success!!” Clearly the ladies of Slovenia are strong and psyched. Congrats to Mina and Janja!

Climb on!

Info and photo credit: Mina’s Instagram, Janja’s Instagram, 8a.nu

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Climbing and Culture in Catalunya

Haley climbing in sector Esperó Primavera in Siurana

Haley climbing in sector Esperó Primavera in Siurana.

Ever wanted to drop everything, find some work in Spain, and live out your climbing dreams? Guest author, Haley Ross, did just that, and today she’s giving us the inside scoop on living and climbing in Catalunya. 

Spain, and more specifically Catalunya, has gained world-renowned climbing status with its legendary crags like Siurana, Margalef, Oliana, and Montserrat. In recent years, the climbing community has grown dramatically, with professionals and novices alike moving here to take advantage of the endless opportunities. If you’re lucky, you’ve gotten the chance to explore some of the truly exquisite climbing, but what if you decided to call Catalunya your home? I had barely dabbled in the climbing world before moving to Spain in 2012 to try my hand at teaching English abroad. I imagined staying for a few months, maybe a year, but that all changed the day I started climbing. I was instantly hooked on the sport for all of the common reasons: physical exercise, being in nature, the sense of community and positive atmosphere. But climbing here seemed to posses something distinguished, one-of-a-kind, with an extremely fanatical, almost (and by ‘almost’ I mean totally) addictive quality. I’ve now been living, teaching, and climbing in Catalunya for the past two years and have no intention of leaving. You’ve probably heard about the “magic” of Catalunya, or even had the chance to visit, but what is it really like to call it home? Why has it become such a climbing “mecca” and what makes it so special?

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Marieta’s Graceful Send in Catalunya

This video features Marieta Cartró, a 31-year-old geologist from Spain, sending the beautiful 8b (5.13d), La joia de l’Alamut in Montserrat, Catalunya. Both the climbing footage and Marieta’s footwork are amazing. She sends this scenic route with a calm gracefulness that we can all learn from. The climbing begins at 3:25, but if you want to get to know her watch the entire video and check out her blog at http://tufa-tufa.blogspot.com/.


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