The end of Summer and early Autumn has always been, for me, the time of year best suited to rock climbing..no snow as in Winter-Spring, no Pyrenean or Alpine trips as in Spring-Summer, generally dry and warm weather in central Spain, some years even up to November.
For various reasons, injury etc, i haven’t done much climbing at all in recent years..but this last month i’ve been getting out on the rocks a bit with my son. Small crags, even boulders, doesn’t matter, it’s all grist to his mill. I know some people think that plastic indoor climbing is in some way more appropriate for small children..and yes, on a wet day, i would probably agree(!) But otherwise.. there’s nothing like being outdoors.
And there’s no reason why a little guy can’t climb happily outdoors. Obviously you have to choose carefully where you’re going to play. Even easy III/IV grade terrain can be challenging for somebody who has a meter less of reach. And even when climbing top-roped you have to take into account fall and pendulum potential. But it’s not that difficult.
There’s certainly a place for the gym too..but if the atmospheric conditions permit, real rock beats the plastic hands down, any day.
Now that Summer’s over, i can conclusively conclude that it has indeed been a truly cool one. At least locally. And not taking into account the several weeks i spent in cooler northern climes. In the Guadarrama area, apart from a couple of brief hot spells in mid to late July and end of August-start of September, temps were very moderate all Summer. Figures for Cercedilla here. A little surprisingly, national data says that the Summer was overall slightly warmer than the norm (defined by period of reference 1971-2000)..but Spain is not a small country, so i guess it can be cooler in one area while warmer in others.