James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini love getting off the beaten track, so when they heard about a climbing paradise in north-west Spain, they were intrigued enough to pay a visit. Armed with the Roca Verde guidebook (and some help from the locals) they discover huge tufa-strewn walls, super steep caves, perfect unpolished rock and very few climbers. In the first episode of Roca Verde Road Trip, James and Caroline check out the Desfiladero de La Hermida in western Cantabria, and the crags in eastern Asturias. These are lush, green valleys bordering the wild mountains of the Picos de Europa, and their huge rock walls are home to some fantastic sport crags. Braving icy rivers (and huge breakfasts) our intrepid duo check out some amazing new spots with freshly minted routes, as well as ticking some classics at more well-known venues, all in the shadow of the famous Naranjo de Bulnes.
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