FAQs

Climbing Holidays in Spain


How do we get there?


The accommodation is a townhouse called Mendiburu which is the first house you’ll see when you arrive at the village of Osinaga in Navarra (Spain). Be careful not to go to the other Osinaga which is in Guipúzcoa.


Follow this link to Osinaga. https://goo.gl/maps/bn967bm3pK2UtPMbA


We’d recommend using gmaps because some other gps maps can send you the long way around.


The road to Osinaga is just off the AP-15, the main road between San Sebastián and Pamplona.


Spain has toll roads on some sections of the autopistas (AP roads). They’re nothing like as expensive as France, can often be avoided and take credit cards.


How do I get around when I’m there?


We do not provide a driver service or accompany you to the crags.


You will probably need to hire a car which you can do from any of the main transport hubs like Bilbao Airport or Hendaye train station.


We encourage car sharing and can put you in touch with others from the group should you wish.


What equipment do I need to bring?


We do not provide any sporting equipment.


So you’ll need all of your usual gear for sport climbing: shoes, chalk bag, chalk, 10-15 clips and a 80 metre rope is handy as Spain has some 35m routes.


If you’re a solo traveller we can put you in touch with others in the group to coordinate gear and try to minimise the amount of kit you need to bring with you.


What about other activities besides climbing?


We’ve themed this trip for climbers but fully encourage you to enjoy other aspects of this region. The following tourist information is a good place to start for day trips, hikes, wine and gastronomy. We’d happily advise you if you let us know what you’d like to do.


San Sebastián and Pamplona are very accessible and you can’t generally go wrong. We’d recommend hiking in the Sierra de Aralar which is a dramatic mountain range running to the coast towards Bilbao.


If you want Michelin starred meal ensure you should book in advance. Arzak for example would need to be booked months ahead.


Where can I get more information on the climbing and topos?


We have several copies of the main guidebook ‘Escalada en Navarra’ that you can use whilst you’re here.


Bear in mind however that Etxauri alone has grown by around 250 routes since publication.


Online information is also available and has good rough descriptions of the crags but the topos themselves are often incomplete.


What’s the weather like in May-June and October-November?


Summers are hot in Navarra so we avoid trips then. We focus on Spring and Autumn as it tends to be sunny, dry and warm but not hot eg. around 18-24 daytime temperatures and cool evenings. This is a semi-mountainous environment nearish to the sea so prepare for temperature changes, bring a waterproof shell and layers.


What’s the schedule?


We provide some of the structure in that we take care of the accommodation, yoga instruction and food including suggest mealtimes. Eg. yoga at 8am breakfast at 9 and dinner at 7.30pm.


During the day you’re under your own organisation to climb or hike or whatever you feel. You’re also responsible for your own travel arrangements.

One day per week is our morning off. We leave you a cold buffet breakfast prepared for this morning and there will be no take away lunch that day. That evening we’ll meet in Pamplona for the tapas tour.


I have some dietary requirements. What should I do?


When you book we’ll ask you to complete a form which includes information on dietary requirements and intolerances.


In general we have a ‘reductionist’ approach to diet, meaning it’s low in animal products, meat and fish. If you want full vegan or vegetarian menus great!

Can you stock some energy bars and gels so I don’t have to bring them with me?


Yes no problem if you give us notice.


Can I bring my dog?


Sadly not.


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