The big news from Casa Guiri is Lynne's send of her first 8a. I think it was probablly a real surprise for her that it didn't turn out to be a steep route but the slightly less than vertical Thai Dream in Santa Linya's sector Futbolín. As far as I know this makes her the first Scotswoman to climb 8a and I'm sure this is just the first of many. NICE ONE LYNNE :-)
Lynne Malcolm on another 8a project: Trio Ternura at Santa Linya
The other big news from the "Scots in Spain" was a flash of the same 8a by Ross (Adam Ondra) Kirkland, meaning he joins Paul Williamson in flashing his first 8a: The youth of today! Big up to Ally Swinton too for joing the 8a club with Thai Dream and Primera Linea (Terradets) on consecutive days.
With Rodellar written off due to wetness that would make Scotland look dry, I took off to Margalef with Doug and Andrea (Team Oz). After a narrow miss on the onsight of Sargantana Killer 8a+ I moved on to an 8b that is becoming a bit of a classic; Chupito + Cubato 3 Euros. i sorted the moves and went for a redpoint, fell at the crux and considered another go later in the day. While resting I felt the strangest sensation of my finger filling up with fluid and turning blue! Scary stuff but as it turned out nothing too bad. All the same it made a change of scene desirable.
With Andrea leaving for Oz, Doug and I thought to ourselves, why not try Siurana? The weather being unseasonably cold for May. For me this was to turn into a disaster. To cut a long story short, on my first redpoint run on the absolutely amazing Migranya Profunda 8b+, mid cross through I heard the most horrible tearing sound in my shoulder followed up immediately by a complete loss of power in my arm. (Torn posterior deltoid perhaps?) Whatever it is it certainly doesn't make for the best way to end my Spanish adventure at all. Time for a week of sorting out life stuff, hoping the shoulder isn't as bad as it currently feels. If it isn't up to any hard pulling I think it'll be time for some trad slabs in Scotland....