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Bouldering in Alarracin

Review by planetFear
Tuesday 29th May 2007

This film is about bouldering in a sandstone area called Albarracin in central eastern Spain. I have seen Albarracin described as the second best bouldering area in Europe, as I haven't been there it's hard to say.

The film moves along at a good pace featuring about thirty problems ranging from Font 6a to 8a in pin sharp digital. All the problems look excellent, the rock tends to be quite steep and reasonably featured with pockets and slots set in pine forest.

There are about ten minutes of extras on the dvd, it's hard to see why some of which wasn't part of the main film, the rest shows some pointless messing around balancing on poles and would more be more suited to youtube than a commercial climbing dvd. The dvd also contains a pdf document with three pages of useful stuff including a history of the area, an overview map of the bouldering, some basic information for visitors and a list of rules for climbers to follow (Albarracin is an UNESCO World Monument).

Unfortunately I think an opportunity was missed to include a detailed guide. At just over thirty minutes in total this dvd doesn't represent value in terms of quality or quantity. It shows off the bouldering reasonably well without being particularly exciting. It's not something you are going to watch again after again however it may appeal more to those with a particular interest in Albarracin.

Film Information:

Running Time: 30mins
RRP: £18.99

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