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The BIG 5
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What is the Big 5?
The Big 5 is the best of the Costa Blanca BIG itineraries, the cream of the crop, all in one week's adventure multi-pitch rock climbing holiday. We've tried and tested these BIG days and compiled what is probably the best fun packed mountaineering week in the Costa Blanca.
Read more about climbing in the Costa Blanca in this article: Ten reasons for a Costa Blanca Climbing Holiday.
The Big 5 tends to be run on demand because they are multi pitch routes, which require a ratio of one guide to a maximum of 2 clients. The holiday includes 7 nights self-catering accommodation, free transfers from/to the airport and five days guided multi-pitch climbing. Trips are usually run from Saturday to Saturday with the first day of climbing on the Sunday. Course dates on request.
The Big 5 will include some of these great multi-pitch routes
Sierra de Toix West
Day 1 is usually taken up with technical skills for multi-pitch climbing, abseiling and protected movement on steep ground - including a 5 pitch ascent of Sierra de Toix West with ridge traverse and 50m abseil finish. Sierra de Toix is an impressive ridge that juts out into the sea between Calp and Altea. Historically this was one of the first areas to be developed for sport climbing back in the 1980s. More recently the larger faces have been developed with a series of multi-pitch routes.
Penon de Ifach 1,100 feet /332m
The most striking landmark in the whole of the Costa Blanca is the 332m high rock of the Penon de Ifach that towers over Calpe. It attracts every climber's eye, and those who have attempted routes here will know that the climbing does not disappoint. The huge orange South Face of the Penon is riddled with caves, overhangs and groove systems. It offers a variety of lower-grade challenges between 7 and 10 pitches in length.
The Bernia Ridge
The Bernia Ridge is visible from nearly all points on the Costa Blanca. The most impressive section of this ridge is the gently undulating 2km section that extends seaward from the summit of the Bernia (1126m) and has become a beacon for climbers and serious scramblers. The Bernia Ridge offers a classic alpine day with scrambling, technical climbing, abseiling and traversing from the East to West summits with stunning views.
The Mascarat Gorge
The towering walls of the Mascarat Gorge provide some fine, long routes in a weird and exciting setting. It is an impressive gash that slices through the coastal road routes between Benidorm and Calpe. From the the old bridge one can ascend the classic Llobert/Bertomeu route climbed in 7 or 8 pitches, followed by an airy traverse to reach the descent path back to the start.
The Puig Campana
Puig Campana is the impressive mountain which rises 4,639 feet/1,406m above the town of Finestrat. Along with the Penon de Ifach, this mountain has been a focus of climbing in the Costa Blanca since the 1960s. Puig Campana is home to some superb and important routes which will provide memorable days of climbing for those into long, traditionally protected climbs. It offers the climber and mountaineer everything except snow and ice routes. The Espolon Central is a beautiful 14 pitch alpine day. While not technically difficult, it calls for good route finding skills, slick rope work and quick smooth climbing for a long period. The traverse off is an adventure in itself!
The Barranco del Infierno Gorge
Located in the beautiful Vall de Laguart. This dry gorge offers a descent of endless excitement. Normally dry, no running water, there are many large pots scoured out by the raging flash floods which power through during periods of heavy rain. If these pots are full of water, your guide will amaze you with his rope tricks to keep you dry.
Note. This trip is not undertaken immediately after or during periods of rain (fortunately something not too often experienced on the Costa Blanca).
This mountain has a magnificent ridge that curves its way from the lowest point of the mountain to the very summit. Known locally as La Cresta del Benicadell, this alpine ridge is a classic. Easy scrambling section blocked by technical climbing pitches all the way to the summit. From the summit, a pathway leads you back to your car in just over an hour. A wonderful day out!
How the Big 5 rock climbing holiday works
We keep the ratio to a max of 2:1 so you have the best value of service available and this ratio also allows the holiday to be tailored to individual requirements and aspirations.
We will team you up with a British instructor or guide who has extensive experience in the area and specific knowledge of these routes, giving a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
You will also be learning skills throughout the week that will progress your personal development and ability at whatever pace you like.
Accommodation in the Costa Blanca
During the Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday you will be staying in a beautiful, fully equipped and spacious villa with swimming pool just a five minute walk from the typical Spanish village Parcent, in the Xalon Valley. The Xalon Valley is just inland from Benissa and the villa is about 30 minutes from the town and coast of Calpe. The Xalon valley is famous for its high quality wines - you will be surrounded by vineyards, as well as olive trees, orange groves and almond groves. Parcent has a range of bars and restaurants (among which the best Paella restaurant in the area!), a minimarket, bakery and pharmacy, all within walking distance of the villa.
The modern villa has a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a beautiful garden with different seating areas and an outside BBQ. Its fully fitted kitchen, lounge and dining area have the character of an original Spanish farmhouse. There is WiFi in the villa. For photos, click on the Accommodation tab above.
Rock Climbing Kit List
For this multi-pitch climbing holiday we recommend that you have your own:Harness
Dick's Climbing is a dedicated climbing shop that offers a large range of climbing equipment and shoes at good prices.
Rock Climbing Travel Insurance
Get in Touch with the dates you want!!
If booking online with less than 2 weeks before the holiday dates, then please speak to a member of the team first to check flight details. Many thanks the Rock and Sun team.
Our customers say
- "This was the best weeks climbing I have ever had! The guiding was second to none. The route selection was perfect, a good balance of great quality & spice. It was not just an epic climbing trip with awesome people, but also extremely informative, I learnt a great deal. I would highly recommend the BIG 5 to anyone. Thanks for all the memories. (BIG 5)"Luke K.
1st April 2015
- "Both Trevor and Desiree were fantastic, despite the injury that I picked up on day one, both were extremely helpful and changed plans to ensure I achieved the maximum from the holiday. This meant that I even completed the big day on Puig Campana. Having climbed for years I was amazed to find that I was shown a completely new way of climbing which will probably mean I can climb for many years to come. Thank you for a truly fab week. (BIG 5)"Tony L.
1st April 2015
- "Trevor did an amazing job as our guide for the week. He was friendly, professional, and made the climbing experience great for us. As a result of our experience with Trevor, we are planning on signing up for the climbing holiday in Thailand in 2015. Thank you for the great experience! (BIG 5)"A. Molskness
29th October 2014
- " I would say Rock and Sun is excellent. Many thanks to all for a top week,"Jon
4th May 2013
- "David was fantastic - he worked hard to make us feel confident about our climbing. He made us all laugh and was a great, kind instructor and very intuitive about our moods! Thanks! "Sally North
27th October 2011
Costa Blanca 16th Sep - 23rd SepThis is the best of the Costa Blanca BIG itineraries, the cream of the crop, all in one week's adventure holiday. Bespoke dates on request.
5 days instructed multi-pitch climbing | 7 nights shared accommodation (Rooms 2:1 max) | Airport transfers | All transport to crags | All equipment
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