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Spain: El Chorro climbing guidebook - Rockfax

El Chorro Climbing guidebook editing by Rockfax. The huge limestone gorge of El Chorro, located in the hills 50km inland from Andalucia’s coastal city of Malaga, is one of Spain’s foremost sport climbing destinations. El Chorro’s huge quantity of brilliant climbs, combined with a pleasant winter climate, easy access... 

EAN13 : 9781873341483

  • Publisher/Serie : Rockfax/Topo d'escalade
  • Destination : Spain
  • Activity : Climbing/Via ferrata
  • Publication date : dec-2018
  • Pages : 340
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Language : english
  • Dimension : 15.0cm x 21.0cm x 2.5cm

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The huge limestone gorge of El Chorro, located in the hills 50km inland from Andalucia’s coastal city of Malaga, is one of Spain’s foremost climbing destinations. El Chorro’s huge quantity of brilliant climbs, combined with a pleasant winter climate, easy access and wide range of accommodation has kept it high on the list of the winter-sun venues in Europe despite significant changes to the area in recent years.

In 2015 the Caminito del Rey was opened – a spectacular pathway through the upper and lower gorges which has become extremely popular amongst locals and tourists alike with over 1000 people walking it on most popular days. It has brought a major boost to the area.

Although climbing in the gorge is no longer allowed, this has been countered by extensive development away from the gorge with major new developments on the existing crags plus plenty of new crags.

The popular climbing spot of El Chorro, to the north of Malaga, has suffered in recent years from ambiguous access information with rumours about it being closed or having strict requirements for permits before you can climb. With a new Rockfax guidebook in the offing, we have been spending quite a lot of time there recently and can give a full update on access.

Oddly it has never really been closed, and the short-lived permit system came and went around 10 years ago. The truth is that there is now more climbing available at El Chorro than ever before.

The main change to the area has been the construction of the Caminito del Rey – a spectacular pathway through the upper and lower gorges which has become extremely popular amongst locals and tourists alike with over 1000 people walking it on most popular days. It has brought a major boost to the area. The Caminito del Rey is based on the old Camino del Rey which was the original path that was built for the king to view the construction work carried out back in 1905. It had fallen into disrepair although climbers used it back in the 1990s to get to the routes.

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