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Learn to Rock Climb Outside - Sport Climbing Courses
in Spain

 

Top roping prior to redpointing

 

Climbing at cauche

 

El Corral at Villanueva de Rosario

 

Villanueva de Cauche above Malaga

 

 

 

Rock Climbing Outside - Sport Climbing in Spain

 

climbing at Taqjode la madera

Climbing outdoors is the goal of most climbers after having learnt to climb at an indoor wall.

This course will give you the experience, knowledge and confidence to start sport climbing outside safely and competently anywhere in the world.

 

We will help you understand and practise all the technical aspects involved in sport climbing outdoors: choosing your route and equipment belaying safely, placing quickdraws, efficient movement and reading the rock, setting up the tops, threading anchors, problem avoidance, emergency procedures and retreating.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

This sport climbing course can be run from our base in southern Spain, which is in the hills that run between Malaga and Granada. However, we have an excellent team of guides instructing in Barcelona, Pre Pyrenees all year round as well Picos de Europa in the warmer months. There is no restriction on the range of climbing skills that we can teach.

 

We will also help you to develop an understanding of the rock you are climbing onand learn to read the routes. This is not only so you can anticipate holds, rest and clipping positions, but to know how much friction the rock has and the objective dangers it might be involved..

All these climbing skills can be taught in a variety of situations according to yourlevel of experience, ability and aspirations - short and long, slabby and steeper, single pitch and multi pitch.

The advantages of having climbing tuition in Spain is that the weather is generally warmer and drier than that encountered in the UK and this makes the learning experience both easier and more enjoyable.

The Sport Climbing Outside course can run over a time scale of your choosing from one day to four days. We can run the course with a instructor/client ratio of between 1:1 to 1:4

We always try to build our rock climbing courses around your needs and run them at a pace that suits you - there is no set course itinerary and we will try to fit in with your needs - so please don't hesitate to contact us to suggest a specific itinerary.

There is a more complete itinerary on the Sport Climbing in Spain course below and there are answers to common questions about our courses on the Climbing Courses Information page.

 

 

Sport Climbing in Spain - Courses, Coaching and Guiding

 

 

Descending from routesWe run Sport Climbing Courses in the south and the north of Spain.

Our normal base in the colder months are El Chorro and Villanueva del Rosario, which lies in the hills 38km north of Malaga. This pretty mountain town hosts a vast range of crags with many routes of all grades from 3 to 9b+. Some crags are within walking distance and most of them are only 10 min drive. Multi pitch, sport, trad and bouldering- we have it all close by.

The area has an unusually long climbing season because of its position in the hills at an altitude of over 1000m - too hot and you can head up high where there are north facing crags; too cold or cloudy and you can normally escape to the valley or sea level crags that are bathed in sun.

We also have excellent crags within 30 minutes drive such as Archidona, Loja, Villanueva del Cauche, Valle de Abdalais and jEl Torcal de Antequera only 15 to 40 minutes away. The climbing mecca of El Chorro is about 40 km away. The majority of these crags are relatively unknown to British climbers, but they are feautured in the Rockfax El Chorro guide and so they are a good area for climbers to explore.

We will always try to arrange the course to meet your aspirations and needs, but we generally cover the following topics:

  • Efficient movement on rock, how to use your feet more than you arms to save energy.
  • Essential rope work - ying into the rope, belaying using various rope controllers
  • Key equipment used when climbing outside - rope, belay devices, quickdraws, safety carabiners and slings.
  • Top rope situations - belaying, top set ups and anchors.
  • Different types of top set ups and their management.
  • Advanced belay skills - where to stand, thinking ahead, when to give slack and when to minimise the amount of rope out.
  • Using quickdraws and clipping safely, quickly and effectively.
  • Finishing routes and getting back down - how to thread the top set ups safely and communicate with your partner effectively.
  • Retreating off a route. Abseiling and downclimbing.
  • Crag awareness, the environment and potential hazards.

We will convey as much of this information as possible whilst climbing, although with some of the more technical issues we will run through them at ground level a couple of times so they become engrained in a stress free environment.

Silvia is a native Spanish speaker and has good relations with the local climbers and thus knows about a lot of crags that are not available to UK climbers.

 

Choosing Rock Climbing Shoes

 

Rock boots for climbingRock shoes allow the climber to stand on smaller holds with more security and are a crucial part of all climber's equipment. Learning to use you feet well and trusting them on all types of holds is a totally essential skill.

Choosing your first pair of shoes can be confusing because fitting them goes against everything you have been told about sizing footwear. The shoes need to be a snug fit -  twist the tightened shoe and your foot should move with it without any slippage - and your toes need to be at the end of the boot. It does not help when sizing shoes that they will all stretch to some degree and this needs to be taken into account.

Rock shoe design is now very sophisticated and shoes are designed for specific types of routes or styles of climbing. It is tempting to choose an advanced, performance shoe, but their asymmetric shape and down-turned soles will make then uncomfortable and difficult to use effectively until you have more experience.

The five rock shoes listed below are ideal for those new to rock climbing looking for comfortable, all round shoes that are well built and don't compromise on performance.

All of these shoes are potentially great, but getting one that fits your foot well is crucial - go to a climbing store with a good selection of shoes and try them on with help from store staff who climb.

1. La Sportiva Nago

La Sportiva NagoThe La Sportiva Nago is a perfect shoe for those starting to climb that does not compromise in any area; comfortable, very well built, great rubber and with the potential to perform way beyond it's beginners tag.

It is built on a symmetrical last that beginners will find comfortable and this is complimented by suede upper with a perforated synthetic leather insert that both moulds to the foot and allows air to flow into the shoe. The full length lacing system allows a precise fit to be obtained even when the shoe has stretched.

The rubber on the sole is the superb Vibram XS that is both sticky and durable - this is the same rubber Sportiva use on their performance shoes.

The shoes are built in Sportiva's factory in Italy and the quality of construction is second to none.

 

2. Boreal Joker

The Joker is a very comfortable shoe that performs very well across the whole spectrum of climbing styles. It does this by using a slip lasted sole to improve feel and incorporating a half-length stiffener to help provide support on small edges.
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It is ideally suited to those who like long days in the hills and want a boot that can be worn all day long - the suede uppers are lined with a padded nylon mesh that adds comfort and aids ventilation, whilst the cushioned heels adds protection on steep descents or when bouldering.

Boreal's FS Quattro rubber is good, being both sticky and durable.

 

3. Five Ten Spire

Five Ten SpireThe Five Ten Spire is a great shoe built on classic principles and which works really well.

The unlined leather uppers use a lacing system that extends all the way to the toe and this allows the shoe to both feel comfortable and also be precisely adjusted. Cinch it really tight for hard, edging routes and slacken it off on easier mountain routes.

Five Ten have added some performance characteristics to the shoe such as a slightly asymmetrical toe and a tensioned heel to ensure that the shoe does not let you down on harder moves, however these have not compromised comfort.

The rubber is the justifiably famed Stealth C4, which is still a strong contender for the best rubber on the market.

 

4. Evolve Quest AF

The Quest AF is a great shoe that that has been designed and built with the needs of beginners clearly in mind

The uppers are built from lined, synthetic leather that is both comfortable and will not stretch  - so that getting a good long term fit is as easy as possible. 

The Trax rubber is very good and this has been backed up with a tough durable rand that will resist scuffing and help the shoes last longer. The heel uses a low tension rand that will hold your foot in position, but won't ram your toes forward too forcefully and be uncomfortable.

The sole of the shoe is on the stiff side and features a full length stiffener to make standing on small holds easier. 

 

5. Sportiva Mythos

La Sportiva MythosThe Mythos has been around for a long time and for good reason – it is a supremely comfortable shoe that performs very well.

The comfort comes from the use of a soft sole and soft, unlined suede uppers that makes the shoe feel more like a slipper and allow the shoe to be easily worn all day long. The shoe does stretch quite a lot, but Sportiva counter this by using an innovative lacing system that runs the full length of the shoe and allows you to really cinch the shoe tight for harder routes.

The soft sole and excellent Vibram XS Grip rubber means that this shoe is great on smeary moves where you need to get as much rubber on the rock as possible.   

This shoe also comes in a specific female version.

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This is one of a series of short articles - there are more climbing articles on the Climbing Tips & Advice page.

 

 

Pricing and Booking

Prices. A list of all prices for private courses are found below and all prices include VAT/IVA.

The table below indicates the cost for a full day of 8 hours duration. A shorter day is also available and the cost is then reduced by approximately 25%. Please contact us for further details with your particular needs and aspirations.

 

Type of Course
Length
Number of People on the Course
Cost of the Course per Group

Cost of the Course per person

Rock Climbing Outside/ Sport Climbing in Spain Course
1 Day Climbing Course
1:1
190 Euros
190 Euros
1:2
220 Euros
110 Euros
1:3
255 Euros
85 Euros
1:4
340 Euros
85 Euros
2 Day Climbing Course
1:1
380 Euros
380 Euros
1:2
440 Euros
220 Euros
1:3
510 Euros
170 Euros
1: 4
680 Euros
170 Euros
3 Day Climbing Course
1:1
570 Euros
570 Euros
1:2
660 Euros
330 Euros
1:3
765 Euros
255 Euros
1: 4
1020 Euros
255 Euros
4 Day Climbing Course
1:1
760 Euros
760 Euros
1:2
880 Euros
440 Euros
1:3
1020 Euros
340 Euros

 

Booking Form | Booking Conditions

Equipment provided by the Rock Climbing Company: we will provide all technical equipment for climbing and scrambling, including ropes, climbing equipment, helmet and harness for each client. The use of all this equipment is included in the course price. You are welcome to bring your own helmet and harness is you prefer to use them.

What you need to provide: you will need to provide suitable clothing for the time of year, bearing in mind that although we are in Spain some of the crags are quite high and out of the sun can become chilly. A couple of fleeces or a windproof can be useful in summer whilst in winter a duvet can often come in useful whilst standing around.

At the same time don't forget the sun cream, sun hat and glasses.

A light waterproof can be needed at times, but in general we are in a pretty dry area and can escape the rain. Most of the crags don't involve much hiking, but it is worth bringing light walking boots or supportive training shoes for the approaches.

Ideally you will need your own rock shoes as well, although we can arrange hire rock shoes if required.

You will also need a rucksack (30 - 40 litre capacity) and food and drink for each day.

What is not included. The course price does not include accommodation, personal insurance or meals.

We can provide accommodation in a newly renovated house with options from 10 Euros pppn - full details are in the Spanish Accommodation section

Ratios and course sizes. The Climbing Outside course is best taught at a ratio of between 1 to 4 clients to 1 instructor.

The dates, venues and duration of all of our climbing courses are by arrangement and totally customisable. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

 

 

 

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