The Mascarat Gorge is the dramatic split in the Bernia ridge just South of Calpe. All the main roads, railroad and motorways come through here on various bridge and through various tunnels. This rather strange and esoteric setting holds some spectacular mountain routes.
A few hundred years back this would have been a truly spectacular piece of natural beauty. These days the gorge has an 'A' road, a motorway and a railway running through it. Oddly enough this adds its own points of interest to the routes. Sitting above an dual carriageway as it disappears into a tunnel whilst belaying your partner is an odd and some amusing experience.
On the longer routes it is surprising how quickly that you leave the modern world behind and ascend into the vertical world. From half way up and onwards fantastic views can be had both to the North, towards Penon, and to the South down to the tower blocks of Benidorm in the distance.
Via UBSA - More correctly know as Llobet-Bertomeu (G.Llobet, J.Bertomeu 2-74).
I'm a bit limited here as I have only done this one route, but it was a classic, there is no question of that. Starts off on the old, unused bridge and immediately climbs up and over the dual carriageway. From here it climbs the vertical wall above. The crux pitch is a classic corner that could have been design for a climbing wall to maximize interest. Even the last couple of pitches which, although very easy, are still well worth doing with a fantastic position to enjoy. And anyway, you've got to top out having come this far, haven't you?
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