Jan climbing at Barranco de Moya
The high bridge
Along the northern coast of Gran Canaria there are a number of rock climbing areas with lots of bolted routes. One of these is Barranco de Moya, a lush canyon. It's easy to get to: the GC-2 motorway crosses it. However, as it does so on a bridge that's too high to rappel from, normal access is by the GC-200, a local road that connects to the GC-2 a few kilometers to the east.
It would be a gross exaggeration to say that the north side of Gran Canaria is wet, but thanks to the prevailing winds, it gets a regular dose of rain and it's lush and green. Fortunately, the stream in the canyon isn't a big one - whether that's because it's small to begin with or the water is diverted for irrigation purposes, I don't know. Whatever the reason, there is still enough water to make it look very different than the arid south side of the island.
But we didn't come to check out the lush vegetation - even though Jan had a close and personal confrontation with it when he failed to cross a mud puddle without getting wet. No, we came to climb!
Lush vegetation in Barranco de Moya
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