Ramón Julián Puigblanque, 33, had a different sort of holy week leading up to Easter in Spain, sending two 5.14d’s and two 5.15a’s in just four days. The 2010 World Cup Champion spent the last week in Cuenca, Oliana and Margalef, tagging on a few 5.13b and harder onsights as well.
Julián started his tour on March 28 in Oliana where he grappled with Pachamama (5.15a). After a few attempts over the weekend, Julián left Tuesday for Cuenca with raw fingertips, but no ascent. That same day he was quick to take three tries on Following the Leader (5.15a) and resolve all of the moves.
Ramón Julián on Following the Leader (5.15a):
On Wednesday, Julián started his sending spree. On his second try of the day, Julián clipped the chains of Following the Leader and then climbed Seta Total (5.14d) first go. To finish out the day, he onsighted Clerofobia (5.13c) and Nieve de Mayo (5.13b).
On Thursday he rested. But not for long.
Friday morning Julián was back to Oliana where he “got to the chains much easier than ever before [of Pachamama],” he wrote on his blog. He had been perfecting the route for several weekends prior. With the finger-wrecking climb behind him, Julian turned his attention to Joe-cita (5.14d), which he climbed in just five tries.
“Another day with two 9’s (5.14d and 5.15a) in one day,” Julian writes.
With one day left on vacation before returning to training, Julian drove to Margalef, where he onsighted five 5.13’s: Tan Tiernas Como un Bebé (5.13b), El Bicho Chupa, Cintas (5.13d), Virgen Extra (5.13b), Man of Steel (5.13d) and Local Hero (5.13b).