While the instant coffee heats up and is filtered through a sock – a Colombian recipe from Vivi that proves useful as they’ve forgotten filters – they venture a look outside. The first light is faintly coming across the horizon, but right now they can only make out the silhouettes of the mountains surrounding them. Both are questioning their decision to go climbing as early as possible, especially considering that slept less than 4 hours.
Cristina, a nurse in Barcelona, is accustomed to hospital hours, odd sleep times and never-ending shifts. The last year has been particularly demanding at work, as any health care worker knows, and lately she’s volunteered to work double shifts to help the vaccinations. In summary, Cristina can stay active for many hours at a time, but she likes to make sure that she gets enough rest.
Vivi, a dedicated sport climber, is much more used to sleeping in a van. She actually lives in one, driving between Oliana and Montserrat depending on the climbing conditions. She too knows the importance of resting enough to perform at her best and likes to sleep until the temperature is comfortable to climb. Not today. The two climbing friends arrived at the parking spot of La Pedriza at 2 am the night before (or rather, the same night).
But all this exhaustion for what?