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Kanotero S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Rock Fucks S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a

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When you hear about Santa Linya, this is the palce you think of, the Santa Linya Cave, AKA La Cova Gran. This cave is enormous, and I can't even imagine the endurance required to get up the longer routes out to the lip of the cave, but they are there. In fact, according to the Lleda guide book, this cave has more routes rated 5.14d or harder than the entire rest of the Lleda areas put together, and the Lleda area is home to many, many hard routes including superhard areas like Oliana.

The cave itself faces directly south which makes it a great warm winter crag for colder days, but it can feel like it's baking in the sun on warmer winter days. Luckily, the cave is steep enough that when the sun is further north in the summer, the interior of the cave remains shaded throughout the day. Obviously, due to the fact that it's a cave, you are able to chase sun or shade depending on what part of the cave you are in.

The rock itself is limestone and includes many types of features including tufas, pockets, edges, blocky pinches, and everything in between. For the most part the rock is solid, but it is limestone, so some choss is bound to exist.

The cave is also the home of some archeological finds, so it should be noted that it is closed to climbing from late spring to mid summer (the exact dates vary from year to year). Please check ahead of time before you head out there and don't climb while it's closed unless you are willing to risk loosing access for everyone.

Getting There

Drive to the town of Santa Linya, just as you are entering the town you will see a sing for "Cova Gran". Make a right on this road and follow it to it's end where there is a nice big dirt parking lot. From the parking lot walk about 5 minutes down the nice flat trail (it's really a dirt road) and the cave will be obvious on your left.

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