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  • Day10

    Clanca Murata - T6 route

    May 27 in France

    After being forced into a seaside resort for the night due to a big rally car race around the Northern peninsula of Corsica, we spent the day in Bastia trying to figure out the most economical way to Bavella for climbing.

    Since buses don't make there way there until July and camping is a 10 minute drive away, we rented a car for 14€ a day. And yes, the car runs.

    In Bavella we took to the hills and spent a couple hours route finding our way up Clanca Murata. With no large packs today we were able to do some more intensive scramble climbing to the top.

    It was another great experience in route finding. There weren't any markers this time but we came across some old climbing bolts so we felt like we did a great job reading the rock.
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  • Day14

    Leo's pretend project

    May 31 in France

    We like to talk about having a project climb. Basically a climb that's one level above what you think you can climb and will take numerous attempts to complete. When we arrived in Bavella to climb we were 5b climbers (according to the French system). 5b is one of many climbing grades given to each route so you know whether you have a fighting chance to climb a route.

    While flipping through the guidebook in camp Leo saw a picture of a beautiful looking 5c route. "This should be our project". Mareike agreed that the route looked amazing and it was set, we had a project. This meant we would spend some time attempting the route, trying to reach the top figuring out the moves.

    The climb was a beautiful dihedral that had a couple slices running up the gut creating flakes to use as hands or foot jams. When we looked at the bottom of the climb the start was a great bouldery start (gymnastic type moves to get up). From there it was up a face and then you gain the final crack.

    As far as a project goes, well we both completed the climb first try. The start was a blast to figure out and took a series of about 5 moves to gain maybe a meter. Then after the first face, there was a large block to climb around/on top of using some holds underneath the block. At the top of the final crack we both agreed that after the last piece of protection you had to commit and make the final moves to the anchor.

    We've never felt so excited to finish a climb before. Both of us let out yells of excitement upon reaching the top. It might not have been a project, but we both agreed it was the funnest climb of the trip yet.
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  • Day14

    The three most important rules of mountaineering are...
    1. You don't have to make it to the top, but safely back down (so you can climb some more tomorrow).
    2. Every step is an important one.
    3. The best climber is the one having the most fun!

    Four days of climbing in Bavella made it easy to be "the best" climbers. We had such a fun time here in a most scenic setting! Often you could hear us singing made-up songs early in the mornings as we warm up our bodies and minds and hike up about 20 minutes from the road. Bavella's granite rock is quite grippy, which is helping us trust our feet and use smaller and smaller hand holds for balance. We're also graduating from slab climbs to more vertical climbs and consciously choose the routes that challenge us mentally and in technique for vertical face climbing.

    The area is huge and dotted with hundreds of climbs, so we follow our guidebook's advice and keep moving from crag to crag throughout the day. The first two days were mixed weather and we keep having to pack all our things and take breaks while we wait for the rock to dry again. The next 2 days are perfect weather - hazy sun with a cool breeze. Happy Liebstes!

    Meeting other climbers at our campsite and in the mountains usually makes us realize how much we have to learn yet and that we're still such beginners :) But even in just the four days here, plenty of the climbs we choose are pushing us to a new level of confidence on the rock. Leo's strengths are definitely in the climbs with large features that require a lot of technical moves - the climbs that Mareike thinks always look the most fun. My strength is more in the tiny features and balanced face climbs - the ones Leo usually thinks are terrifying . But we learn on every climb, mostly about each other, ourselves and how we can get stronger mentally to climb the funnest routes. One climb here was so fun, it deserves its own story (to follow).

    Tomorrow we're moving west to do a few climbs by the coast and then slowly move back North again. Bavella definitely offered the funnest outdoor climbing we've ever done!
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  • Day2

    Our journey begins today with a 3 hour bus ride south. It's crazy to think we'll be going on foot for days to make the same distance, slowly heading back north in the wilderness. Around noon we arrive in Conca, a small town on the foot of Corsica's southern mountains. We start our hike here, our backpacks filled with supplies for the next 14 days and our heads full of adventures to be had together.

    The downside of starting in the early afternoon is the extreme heat, it feels like we don't even need to be moving to start sweating right away :) The rocky trail starts in a young and bright green forest. After a few hours of uphill, there is a rock gap to walk through (picture 3), and we both agree it's like a rock gate into a new world - from here, we're secluded from street and city noises and surrounded by only rock, nature and the mountains. Just what we were looking for! :)

    We follow the white-red trail markings (picture 2) along small waterfalls and swimming holes and then lots more uphill all the way to our first camp spot with views all the way to the ocean. Because of the late start, we get there just in time to set up the tent before dark. Since we're exhausted and it's dark anyways, we decide to eat dinner inside the tent and pass out right after.
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  • Day18

    Bavella/Fiumicelli

    July 20 in France

    Am Bavella-Pass machen wir eine Flusswanderung im Fiumicelli und zwar mit zwei Varianten. Die große Tour machen die Väter mit den großen Kindern, sie hat einen Abstieg von 40 Minuten plus 2 Stunden Wegzeit dem Wasserlauf folgend. Die kleine Tour geht vom Zielpunkt der großen Wanderung aus und führt ca. 1 Stunde flussaufwärts im seichten Gewässer. Die jüngeren Kinder und die Mamas gehen also diese andere Route. Wir starten mittags, sodass wir die warme Nachmittagssonne noch haben, aber nicht vor Hitze zerfließen. Beide Touren laufen super, alle Kinder haben ihren Spaß und überwinden mutig die Hindernisse auf dem Weg. Die Mädchen fühlen sich wie Flussnixen und die anderen wie die krassesten Outdoor-Sportler. Die letzten Sonnenstrahlen fallen ins Tal wir und wir machen uns im Abendlicht auf dem Heimweg. Dabei schimmern die Felsen des Bavella-Massivs rot um uns herum, ein traumschöner Anblick.Read more

  • Day6

    Bocca Di Bavedda

    October 3, 2017 in France

    Die Aiguilles de Bavella (dt.: Bavella-Nadeln) sind ein Gebirgszug auf Korsika im Département Corse-du-Sud. Die sehr markanten Granit-Türme erreichen eine Höhe von bis zu 1855 m 

    eine sehr schöne Passstraße führt uns auf 1218 m

    unsere Tour endete in der Hafenstadt Porto Vecchio nach 153 km

  • Day12

    Col De Bavella

    August 28, 2017 in France

    Wir sind zum Col de Bavella gefahren und von dort ein Stück in das eindrucksvolle Massiv eingestiegen. Danach ging es zu den Gumpen um uns im Canyoning für Dummys zu üben. Am eindrucksvollen für Lisa war diesmal die Natur Rutsche. Zum Abschluss waren wir in einer schönen Bucht schnorcheln und Pizza essen. Beim schnorcheln sehen wir bei sehr guter Sicht viele Fische unterschiedlicher Arten.Read more

  • Day14

    Gumpen im Fiumicelli Fluss

    August 30, 2017 in France

    Wir sind nochmal in die Alta Rocca Region aufgebrochen um ein Teil unseres Tages in den Gumpen des Fiumicelli Flusses zu verbringen.
    Wir finden eine wunderbare Stelle unter einer Brücke wo wir den ganzen Tag Schatten haben. Lisa freundet doch mit einem gleichaltrigen Mädchen an mit dem sie die ganze Zeit spielt ( Stau Mauern bauen, vom Felsen springen, in den warmen Gumpen planschen ). Am Spätnachmittag verlassen wir diesen wunderschönen Ort und gehen noch an einen sehr schönen Strand . Ich bin noch eine Runde geschnorchelt und nach einem Sundowner ging es wieder zurück zur unserer Unterkunft. Während ich das Abendessen vorbereite spielt Lisa noch mit einem Mädchen im Pool.Read more

  • Day6

    Nach der ausgiebigen Nachtruhe haben wir uns in zwei Gruppen gesplittet. Die erste Gruppe ist um 7:30 Uhr zur Mehrseillänge aufgebrochen während wir noch gemütlich gefrühstückt haben. Gegen 9:30 Uhr sind wir an unserer Wand gewesen. Zwei Routen wurden im trockenem ausgelegt und ich hatte das Glück eine Route nach zusteigen. Jedoch fing es an zu regnen. Der Regen ließ nicht nach und so traten wir den Rückweg an. Am Parkplatz angekommen kehrten wir durchnässt auf einen Kakao ein. Der Regen wurde trotzdem nicht besser und so entschlossen wir uns das schöne Gebiet im wandern zu erschließen. Auch das brachen wir wegen des starken Regens ab und kehrten durchnässt zum Auto zurück. Im Haus angekommen genossen wir das Kino, Sauna und die anderen Annehmlichkeiten des Hauses. Zum Abendessen kehrten wir in ein korsisches Restaurant ein. Nach dem Rückweg war für uns die Nachtruhe um 23.00 Uhr.Read more

  • Day7

    Ausflug nach Colde Babella

    November 1 in France

    Nach dem Frühstück um 8.00 Uhr brachen wir an unsere Kletterwand vom Vortag auf. Das Wetter war sensationell. Sonne satt. Ich habe bis 15.00 Uhr 9 Routen geklettert. Fünf Routen konnte ich im Vorstieg und 4 Routen im Nachstieg erklimmen. Gegen 16:30 Uhr kehrten wir zum Auto zurück und fuhren ins Haus zurück. Nach dem obligatorischen Saunagang gab es von Matthias selbstgekochtes Chili Concarne. Nach einem erholsamen Abendprogramm (Kino, Billiard etc.) gingen wir um 23.00 Uhr ins Bett.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Quenza, Куенца, Квендза

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