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Catalonia and Riglos: Fiesta de los Biceps

“How is it possible to get pumped on holds this big!” I shouted up to Chris as I hauled myself up the penultimate pitch of the aptly named route Fiesta de los Biceps. Shaking out, locked-off at the elbow on a stuck-out giant gient protruding ball I gazed over my shoulder at the Griffon vultures swooping by and the picturesque village of Riglos below, what an awesome position!

This special route is unique and has been on our bucket list for many years; it did not disappoint.
The conglomerate rock towers of Mallos de Riglos are 300m high and despite appearance are surprisingly solid! Fiesta de los Biceps (6a, 6c+/7a, 6c, 6b+, 6b+, 6c+, 6a+) takes the steepest line up Visera tower. Locating the base of the route is easy, the permadry snail trail chalk line can be seen from the town!

The route is fully equipped with slightly spaced bolts which adds to the excitement. The surprisingly technical and polished crux is on the 2nd pitch then the top few pitches are just sustained and super fu…