The last training week – Tomorrow is the day!

Just ONE day to the Elbrus Expedition

With training out of the way I can focus now in last minute logistics (trying to pack everything in a bag under the 23Kf allowance…) before tomorrows departure. Follow climbers for this expedition are flying from different places and tomorrow we are having dinner together so we can finalise the agenda and who does what in the higher camps.

If the legs are there and the weather permits – I would like to try the traverse from the West Summit (5,642m -18,510 ft) to the East (5,621m – 18,442 ft). Nothing is easy over there and the weather is not looking that good but definitely worth a try.

I want to thank you my sponsors: Wild Wolf and Sierra Nevada, as well as the main expedition sponsor Entrenadores Comerciales for their continuos support and funding.

Here we go, my last training log for this week and from tomorrow please keep an eye on this blog because we will be updating you when possible. Thanks!

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Week c/25th July – Training

Just 9 days to Elbrus Expedition

Just over a week for our expedition to start…and I confidently say everything is ready to pack and logistics being organised. Worrying…

In this expedition, as I did in the past in the Himalayas, I am taking the flag of the International Mountain Day to the top of Europe.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “International Mountain Day”. As of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

“Mountain Cultures: celebrating diversity and strengthening identity” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration of International Mountain Day and we proudly are taking their flag to the Summit (and taking it back to be part of the activities we are organising in Spain (Benissa) later this year.

I would like to thank the following people that make this possible:






Formalities out of the way, training this week: Something less than 100Km this week because we are now adapting the pace to the last week hard work sessions, so I was able to cruise across the week without much trouble. But next week is going to be hell.

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Week c/ 18th July – Training

21 days to Elbrus Expedition

A very hard week regarding training. I’ve been 3 days traveling in Spain (Madrid) and I have been training in the heat. In Madrid I tried to stop by one of the Spanish climbing legends’ shops in Madrid – Ramon Portilla, unfortunately he wasn’t there because is climbing in Kazakhstan in a new project he is involved in.

While I was there I managed to finalise the plans with one of my personal sponsors, Sierra Nevada to promote them in a number of events this year.

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Week c/11th July – More Training

28 days to Elbrus Expedition

With just under a month to go, everything seems to be under control: Visas, permits, cargo and logistics all sorted. The Russian visa took a while and after being refused once, now I am officially approved to get into the country. I’ve ben doing lots of research and getting the Visa is one of the more difficult parts of the climbing trips to Russia. A couple of weeks ago, we sent the climbing gear to our friends of Cetneva in Moscow. On Saturday I changed the climbing training for a Go Ape with Annabella and her friends for her birthday. I must say I am getting older for all this jumping around.

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Week c/27th June – Training

43 days to Elbrus Expedition

Another eventful week at work but keeping the training sessions going not without a great deal of effort and compromising. My worst nightmare is not to sleeping enough to recover for the next day session. With a very stressful (and active) job, constantly travelling abroad and that required keeping your mind clear, I am constantly juggling to accommodate nearly 30 hours of good quality training each month.
My training plan is specific for Elbrus and my personal trainer (Franc Beneyto) keeps a close eye on the progress. Normally after week 4 of the specific plan, he sends me a revised one based on the previous results. A combination of gym, bike, running, weights and climbing and averaging an hour each day (sounds nothing but it is difficult to clock a 30h training each month – believe me!)

My training plan this week:

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Week c/20th June – Training

50 days to Elbrus Expedition

I was pretty excited about this week because I am travelling to the North of Spain to a region called Galicia and to the town of La Coruña.

A Coruña is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. It is the second-largest city in the autonomous community and seventeenth overall in the country, etc. but the reality is like being in Ireland. The same weather, very similar terrain and coast line and a very Celtic influence in their people. I love this place.

In the old town there is a small mountain shop (Cume Norte) – the owner (Pepe as well) is a great lad and know the area pretty well – so if you are around and want info just pop in for a chat with him.

Once the business meetings were out of the way, I borrowed my mate’s Pepe climbing shoes and went for a decent climbing session at the Riazor Stadium.

The following day I went for an early run by the sea and surrounding the peninsula where the Torre de Hercules lighthouse was built by the Romans. Simply the perfect place for your runs.

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Aneto by Estasen Gully. (Petit Black route)

Climbing Aneto (3.404m) Pyrenees – Estasen Gully (Petit Black route )

Aneto is the highest mountain in the Spanish Pyrenees and in Aragon, and Spain’s third-highest mountain, reaching a height of 3,404 meters. A team of 4 climbers met in Benasque Saturday PM in order to climb the Estasen Route from the Coronas Glazier.

On Friday night just arriving in Benasque from Lleida, I found that one of my close fiends and climbing partner, was there to compete in the next morning Mountain Marathon, so we met for dinner and somehow he managed to convince me to run with him the marathon the following morning. I agreed to start with him and run half of it, because I thought this was a nice warm up for the afternoon approximation walk to the Coronas Lakes (a 3 hour climb to the base of the Gully). We went to bed early and wake up at 05:00.

Breakfast (quick one) and we were ready to run by 08:00 AM – because I wasn’t registered in the race I did join the group a kilometer down the trail…and we went together for a couple of hours until I realized the rest of the climbing team was already waiting for me back in Benasque with all the climbing stuff, tent and food – ready to start the aprox to the base of the wall.

Back in benasque and re-grouped after a quick shower! and with very tired legs as well.
We left the village by 14:00 and we drove up the Valley all the way up to the start of the trail (Banos del Hospital) where we left the car and hit the trail by foot. Within 3 hours we (and our heavy rucksacks) arrived at the base of the Coronas glazier to set camp for the night. Two tents 5 people and the best views of the Valley. The Aneto peak with the Teampestades ridge on one side and the Maladeta on the other, with a frozen lake (Ibon) in the middle.

Early dinner and chatting and back in our tents for an early start.
04:00 AM – alarm clock goes off and by 05:00 we were already walking. The group of 5 split in 2 and I teamed with Iker to climb the Petit Black route to the Aneto.
By 08:00 aprox we summit. We were the first ones in the Gully and we did a fast ascent without rope, because the ice was in great condition.

Then rather to descent by the “normal” route – where the infamous Paso de Mahoma +4A it, we agreed to descent the Gully using the same ascent route. So, in less than an hour we arrived to our camp.


This was a very light and fast ascent but something we did because the fantastic conditions of the route.


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Week c/6th June – Training

64 days to Elbrus Expedition

Most of the week I was travelling abroad and lucky I had to spend the weekend over in the North of Spain – not that far from the Pyrenees… A wonderful way to end up a very stressful week were I did travel more than 1000 miles!

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