Grimpant per La Mola — Geocache of the Week

Multi-Cache
GC36RWH
by josua
Difficulty: 
1.5
Terrain: 
5
Location: 
Cataluña, Spain
N 41° 38.002 E 002° 00.155

Why this is Geocache of the Week:

Three words describe this Geocache of the Week in Spain: GPS. Guts. Glory.

Grimpant per La Mola, or “Climbing La Mola”, is a T5 multi-cache that has geocachers following secret trails across Mola Mountain, collecting clues along the way that will lead them to the final location of the cache.

The journey takes most groups about 5 hours—making the 5 terrain stars well-earned. Along the way you’ll be forced to shimmy straight up narrow channels of rock, squeeze through holes in outcroppings that barely exist, explore damp and dark caves, and tamp down vertigo while walking along a barely there trail on a steep mountainside. This is not a cache for the faint of heart.

An overview of the journey across Mola Mountain.
An overview of the journey across Mola Mountain, from the Mother of God formation on the left, to the Sescorts Caves on the right.
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A geocacher holds onto tree roots while climbing through the “Channel of Monkeys”.

What the Cache Owner, josua, has to say:

When did you first follow the route of your geocache, and why did you decide to make this a multi-cache?
“We often go hiking in a mountain called ‘La Mola’, so we knew some pretty unknown trails where it is necessary to do some moderate difficulty climbs (no rope needed), and it seemed to be a nice idea to create a multi-cache that linked all those interesting sections, what resulted in a nice and exciting circular route around La Mola.”

What’s the most interesting part of this route?
“The route has several interesting places, but perhaps the most interesting one in ‘Mal Pas Superior de Can Pobla’, an exposed section protected with a chain, that can be a nightmare for people with vertigo.”

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The Mal Pas Superior de Can Pobla is terrifying for those with vertigo…or anybody on the clumsier side.

Are there any funny stories from geocachers who’ve done your multi-cache route?
“Yes, a lot! In this cache, the logs are usually pretty long and funny, specially those from people not used to climb, and for them this cache usually is a mix of fear and happiness, resulting in a great experience for them. Doing this cache has represented a challenge and a great experience for several teams, and we are specially proud of having been a part in that.”

Do you have anything you’d like to share with the geocaching community in general?
“It has been 12 years since we started this activity, and it has been a great way of discovering beautiful places, and meet new friends, so we are really grateful to Geocaching during all these years. We would like to thank geocachers as Garri, Marc Longarón and Galtanegra, that have contributed a lot to ‘quality’ geocaching in Catalonia.”

Photos:

Stunning view of the areas around the mountain.
Stunning view of the areas around the mountain.
Geocachers stop for a bit of fun.
Geocachers stop for a bit of fun.
This is a real sunset that really happened on Mola Mountain.
This is a real sunset that really happened near Mola Mountain.
The cache itself, in the foregrount, with the route in the background.
The cache itself, in the foregrount, with the route in the background.
Friends don't let friends fall.
Friends don’t let friends fall.
The struggle is real.
The struggle is real.
Miranda of Horses tower.
Miranda of Horses tower.
The cache itself!
The final location of the cache is a secret until the journey is completed.
An intrepid geocaching team at the start of their journey.
An intrepid geocaching team at the start of their journey.
Jumps of joy.
Jumps of joy.
Sescorts caves.
Sescorts caves.
Climbing narrow channels.
Climbing narrow channels.
A view peeks out.
A view peeks out.

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