Update: January 2018
How do you find the best rock climbing routes in El Chorro, Spain? For the most part - From your smartphone!
The sports climbing mecca of El Chorro has seen a lot of development over the past few years, with lots of new routes being put up, older routes have been extended and some old bolts and hangers have been upgraded hence the major printed guidebooks to the area are currently out of date.
There are many websites which have an extensive collection of topos, photos and route guides, however, none of them appears to be definitive therefore StRuth Adventures have collated all the information together for you in one easy page so you can quickly and easily find information on the best rock climbing routes!
Find the Best Rock Climbing Routes in El Chorro, Spain
This is the best place to find information on many of the multi-pitch climbs, including topos and descriptions (In Spanish)
Corazon Que No Siente (220m,6c+)
Mar De Fuego (210m,7a)
Espolon Oderse (120m,V+)
Proyecto Amptrax (165m,6a/+)
Mal De Ojo (310m,7a)
Semilla De Oro (220m,6c+)
Lluvia De Asteroides (250m,V+)
Estrella Polar (280m,6b)
The climbing lodge is a German-run climbing guest house based between El Chorro and Valle de Abdalajis. On their website, they have up to date, downloadable topos for some of the crags.
Topos for download:
The Multi Pitches on Escalera Suiza
Escalera Arabe Downstairs
Escalera Arabe Upstairs
El Corral east side
Valle de Abdalajis - Fisuras
Olivitos & Cocina Caliente
Decent route guide for hiking up Mont Huma
Good topo including multi-pitch Rogelio
#3 27 Crags
Includes topos, photos, weather information and access information.
Also available as an App on both the App Store and Google Play. Features include off-line mode, GPS mapping to find your way to the best rock climbing routes, tick and wish lists and photo sharing.
Crags: Valle de Abdalajis, Tinieblas, Rocabella, Pancake Valle, El Corral, Serena, Escalera Árabe, Cocina Caliente, Tango & Sin Futuro, Olivitos, Las Encantadas, Solarium, Frontales, Castrojo, Los Bichos, Traverse, El Techo, La Larga y Sombria Hora del Te, Caliza, Las Nubes, The Gorge, Cerro Cristo, Restaurante al borde del universo, Los Cotos, Makinódromo, El Polvorín, Los Tigres, Los Bloques, El Invento, Sector Incognito, Desplomilandia, Las Gradas, DWS Lake Guadalhorce and El Torcal
Includes an overview of the area and excellent interactive topos.
#5 UK Climbing
List of crags and routes. Not all routes have descriptions, and/ or photos. You can create a personal logbook of your climbs and the style of their ascent, with a wish list for future attempts/ projects.
StRuth Adventures video of a beautiful day on the route can be found here
A map and route description are available from Wikiloc
Update on the printed books
Buy your copy of the RockFax here. It's still the best printed version of the best rock climbing in El Chorro, and can be easily edited by you with the latest routes from the information given through this page.
The development of the cliffs in and around El Chorro village has continued at an impressive rate since the publication of the last Rockfax guide ... This coupled with the expansion of the outlying areas, and the development of new cliffs has kept the area well furnished with new routes throughout the grade range and offers both the first-timer and the seasoned El Chorro visitor something new to go at.
The famous RockFax guide, by Mark Glaister, was last published in late 2008 and still has some of the best route and access descriptions. Although this book is missing the most recent climbs, a large part of the content is still accurate and shows some of the best rock climbing routes in the area. Mark will be spending a lot of time in El Chorro over the coming months and an updated book is in the making, with the potential to be twice as thick as the last one.
The latest access information from RockFax can be found here
RockFax have issued updates via a downloadable PDF.
They have also created online links to the crags within their books and a downloadable map of the area.
Valle de Abdalajis
The spiral-bound local guidebook, by Javier Romero Rubiols, now on the 16th edition and last published in 2013, is also in the process of being updated. Likewise to the RockFax, this will be at least a year away.
*We are based at The Olive Branch Guest House. Check out their website for accommodation options.
If you think we have missed anything out, please get in touch and we will be happy to add links here for.