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Rock routes in the Pyranees and near Barcelona
8:17:25 AM
In two weeks time we leave seething, sultry Marseille to head south. Barcelona is the first stop, and then back to France over the Pyranees. We don't know too much about the Pyranees at this stage - other than there is climbing there, and I saw a good photo in one of the petzl catalogues some time ago! We're not planning on spending too much time in the Pyranees, but would still be very keen to do some long rock routes.

Can anyone recommend some? Preferably eastern Pyranees? I was looking at a shot of Mallos de Riglos today - it looks good. Any areas where we should definately head given a short time frame? What about climbing guides?

What about climbing around Barcelona? Is Montserrat the way to go? How about climbing shops in Barcelona?

Any advice would be handy!


Eduardo Slabofvic
10:51:19 PM
I've been to Montserrat and loved it, it's sort of an odd place to climb. Odd but good. haven't been
anywhere else in Spain

The good Dr
9:05:42 AM
There are various guides for areas around Barcelona. Rock Fax has a Costa Daurada guide, which covers some good areas.

I would recommend

- Montserrat - Conglomerate spires and there is a camping ground on the hill;
- Cosat Daurada. TV crags around La Mussara, Montral, Siurana (if you are a cranking honemaster) and many more - staying at the La Mussara refugio is great. This area is about 80k south of Barcelona.
- Montanejos, which is a bit further south again, but there is about 2,000+ routes of all grades in both sun and shade as well as a great river/hot pool area for swimming - the refugio is good too.

Have fun

12:53:00 PM
If you are stopping in a town called Luchon on the french side, there's a litlle sport climbing crag on the edge of town. There's a British guy called John Howie that runs an adventure company near there he would be a good source of information and obviously is fluent in English if that helps.

Did a Mountain Biking holiday with him once and he also led us up to the top of Pico de Aneto.
6:01:18 PM
Riglos is more in the central region while Montserrat is closer to Barcelone in the east and is covered by this guidebook:

both are conglomerate and have single/multi pitch climbing. Around Barca there is loads....this might help:

you haven't really said what you want to do but a good option would be to do a few days at Montserrat then head up to the Terradets and stay at the refuge in Celers.

Or go to Siurana, Margalef, La Mussara further south the list goes on.
8:28:45 PM
A resource that might help:
11:56:15 PM
A friend of mine just started a business in the Pyrenees running climbing holidays:

I know he's been involved with new routing and stuff, so he may be able to give you all the beta you need.

9:14:59 AM
On 14/04/2008 Duncan wrote:
>A friend of mine just started a business in the Pyrenees running climbing
>I know he's been involved with new routing and stuff, so he may be able
>to give you all the beta you need.

I had a read through this website and what a great idea! They're not French Nationals are they?
sounds like they're UK or Aussie's originally. Price isn't too bad either for a week package. Just under
$600 Aus for all accom, meals, airport transfers and crag transfers! I wonder can you just rent the
villa and cater for yourself?

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