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extended and some old bolts and hangers have been upgraded hence the major printed guidebooks to the area are currently out of date.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
#1 Multi-pitch routes
Individual links for the best place to find information on many of the best multi-pitch climbs.
360 - El Corral (6a) - topo
Amptrax - Frontales (165m 6a/+) - topo and description
Apocalipsis - Frontales (210m,6c) - topo and description
Bombay Saphire - Austria (6b) - topo
Blue Line - Sector Suiza -
Ebola - Frontales (155m,6b+) - topo and description
El Navegador - Escalare Arabe (125m, 7a+) - topo and description
Espolon Oderse - Frontales (120m, V+) - topo
Estrella Polar - Solarium (280m,6b) - topo and description
Lluvia De Asteroides - Mundo (250m,V+) - topo
Rogelio - Suiza (280m, 6a) - topo
Valentines Day - Austria (6a) - topo
Zeppelin - Los tres Techos (300m, 6c+) - topo and description
#2 Downloadable Crag Topos
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.
Decent route guide for hiking up Mont Huma
#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.
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
If you wish to do the Via Ferrata, it is highly recommended that you use a pulley on the zip line. You will need one which is suitable for wire. We recommend the Petzl P21 Tandem. You can get one before you come out by clicking on the photo below.
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.
We are based at The Olive Branch Guest House. Check out their website for different accommodation options.
Rest day activities
There are many places to visit and things to do on rest days (or rainy days, or days when it's too hot to climb), both locally and a little further afield. Read about some of them here.
If you think we have missed anything out, please get in touch and we will be happy to add links.