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I didn”t originally plan on joining this trip because I don’t own a “disipador” which is your safety device while climbing via ferrata. Via ferrata, being like rock climbing but using rebar rungs that have been driven into the rock, so sort of like extreme ladder climbing. Last minute Jose from Rock and Wall Climbing lent me his. A different Jose joined us as our unofficial guide since none of us had ever been to this place before and he also had the two pulleys we would need for part of the via Ferrata. One of Magda’s Colleagues, who works in the USA, who was in Sevilla to give a presentation, came with us  too.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES We walked up the road with just our climbing stuff, some snacks and water. There were some fun routes though we only climbed a few. Here are the topos. When we finished the last climb we ran into Claudia, Jose, Sergio and about five others from Rock and Wall. we were hoping to camp with them but we never talked to them again on the trip.  We had to go down to the car and switch out the climbing gear for Ferrata stuff and get our sleeping things and dinner. Jose and the others thought it would be better to sleep on the top of the mountain rather than at the foot of the climbs since it is somewhat illegal to camp and police would not be likely to come to the top of a mountain to tell us to leave. Getting to the top required climbing a ferrata route and crossing a “puente Tibetano”or a Tibetan bridge, which shook like a wet dog. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES When we got to the top and could see the horizon the wind started to kick up and storm clouds were eminent but Jose did’t think it would rain and going back down and being caught in the rain seemed more dangerous than just staying put and battling the storm. While we got our things laid out and dinner ready Jose had snuck off. He reported back that there was a small cave where we could take refuge if the clouds did let loose. After eating and chatting a while we all laid, facing the sky watching as more and more Lightening clouds accumulated and and then in a flash they all sped off, leaving a star speckled sky. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES before teh rain in Benaojan At around 3am the intermittent pitter-pattering of rain drops in the trees and on our faces shot everyone out of their sleeping bags, I hoewver had rolled around a lot in mine and was so twisted up I couldn’t find the zipper. When I did make it out of my sleeping bag I could only find one shoe and couldn’t remember where I had placed my head lamp. The rain began to fall harder, Magda went to sleep ready for rain and was at the cave minutes before any of us, hiding in the corner trying not to think about the massive spider  residing above her. When I say cave I think it gives the wrong impression, it was more of a tiny overhang. I had left the tarp I was sleeping on because I didn’t want to bring something soaking wet into the cave. but we realized that it would serve to keep the wind and rain out so Len and Jose went back for it and strung it up. We spent over an hour laughing hysterically, curled up, mushed together, before the rain decided to let up. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES The following morning we ate breakfast and laid our stuff out to dry. We had a visit from a friendly goat who was more interested, thankfully, in eating some leaves than what we had to offer. We packed it up and hiked down the hill to a really fun overhanging route that they had wanted to try yesterday but didn’t have time to finish. Len, Magda and Jose climbed first  and when it was my turn it began to rain so we again took shelter up against the wall but it just kept raining so we made our way down the muddy slick trail to the cars so we could go to a cafe, have lunch and see if the weather was going to get any better. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES After lunch the sun came out so we headed to the Ferrata in the town next door called Montajaque.

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That steel cable, carabiner and length of rope is all that separates you and the ground if you slip

Once you make it halfway up comes the big reward; an 80 meter zip-line across a canyon.

After the tirolina there is a long section up to the top of the mountain. at one point along this section there is a section of negative incline. i wanted to let my feet off the rungs and just hang there but honestly this time i had my first feeling of anything near vertigo. I think its because in rock climbing you are thinking about where to move your hands and feet but in ferrata its pretty easy in that aspect so you have more time to think about how high up you are.

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