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Rock Climbing Equipment - Courses in Spain

 

El Corral

Climbing sector El Corral in Villanueva del Rosario

 

 

Multi pitch climbing in El Chorro

Multi pitch climbing in El Chorro

 

La Hoya, single and multipitch venue in Archidona, Malaga province

multipitch venue in Archidona, Malaga provinc

 

 

Bouldering at Rosario

Bouldering in VVa del Rosario

 

Climbing Equipment

Andalucia mountainsWe keep a comprehensive rack of climbing equipment in Spain for sports and trad, single and multipitch routes. Thus, if you are coming on a course, you will be using a full set of modern climbing gear.

In general, the routes in Andalucia are getting longer every year and it is unwise to come to Spain with a 50m rope - it is simply not long enough and one of the team could end up being dropped off the end of the rope -or you could spend valuable climbing time- trying to find intermediate anchors. A 60 meter rope is the minimum needed and a 70m is pretty mandatory for most modern crags and routes. The newest crags - like the amazing El Colmillo - requires 80m ropes -and a good deal of stamina-.

The sports routes in Spain can normally be climbed with 12 - 14 quickdraws, but it is worth having 18 or 20 in the party for the longer routes. It is always worth carrying 2 spare screwgates and 2 prusiks for the odd emergency or fall into space. Don't forget to bring a couple of bail-out carabiners for those "it is too hard, too dark and the rope is too short" moments.

Sport climbing bolts that are made from bent steel plate tend to chew up carabiners fairly fast so it is best to bring chunky carabiners with a keylock/clean nose. The keylock nose makes recovering the quickdraws in the routes much easier.

Clipping a high first bolt, pushing your grade and getting a rope up hard routes is a lot easier with a clip stick. The Beta Climbing Designs Technical Clipstick is really good.

 

Clothing for climbing in Spain

The town of Villanueva del Rosario is at a height of 700m and many of the crags are at 1000m above sea level. It is always advisable to bring some warm, windproof clothing. El Chorro is a warmer climbing venue because it is lower, 300 m above sea level. It is mainly south facing but it can get very windy, too. In climbing venues near Malaga or Granada cities such as Pinares de San Anton and Los Vados, it is often very warm weather and we usually go there when there is a cold spell.

There are many crags that we can choose from and the weather is often perfect at sea level in Malaga, when it is bad in the mountains. In any case, if the weather changes while we are on the hill, it is best to have the correct clothing.

At the other end of the scale, climbing in the sun can be blistering hot. Even in Spain, it all depends on the week and the prevailing weather conditions such as the wind direction, time of the year and general aspect of the venue. You should always bring sunglasses, a sun hat, long sleeved tops, light trousers and suncream to protect you from the sun's worst effects.

There is a full list of kit that we recommend for North Wales courses on the Equipment for Climbing Courses page and this list works well for the Spanish courses as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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