Situated 35km northwest of Barcelona, Montserrat is an island of conglomerate rock needles and pinnacles rising nearly 1km above the surrounding countryside, as shown on the photograph opposite. Sometimes referred to as the 100 summits mountain Montserrat quite simply offers some of the best multi-pitch sports climbing in Spain, and providing a fantastic playground for rock climbers. Many of the routes are between 200m & 300m long, characterised with hanging belays, as the routes are generally steep with very few ledges.
Rock climbing areas of Montserrat
|No||Climbing Area||Which Guidebook|
|1||Les Grandes Paredes||Montserrat Vertiente Norte|
|2||Zonas Deportivas junto a la Carretera||Montserrat Vertiente Norte|
|3||Monistrol||Montserrat Vertiente Norte|
|4||Camping-Monestir||Montserrat Vertiente Norte|
|5||Collbato||Montserrat Cara Sur|
|6||Vinya Nova||Montserrat Cara Sur|
|7||El Bruc||Montserrat Cara Sur|
|8||Bauma de Can Sola||Montserrat Cara Sur|
The above information has been extracted from the two rock climbing guidebooks available for Montserrat. More information about these Montserrat guidebooks is shown below. Both of these guidebooks can be bought from our shop.
Montserrat - Vertiente Norte. This guidebook covers the rock climbing around the monastery and the campsite. Has everything from single pitch 8c's to mid-grade classic multi-pitch routes. This guidebook includes excellent topo's and lots of great photographs.
Montserrat – Cara Sur Volume 1. This guidebook describes all the single pitch routes (and occasional double pitch routes) to be found on the southern side of Montserrat, which is said to be its friendlier side. The guidebook covers 13 major rock climbing areas and details 1,280 routes from F3 to F8c+, with all routes illustrated on full colour topos.
Montserrat – Cara Sur Volume 2 describes all the long multi-pitch routes in the same areas as Cara Sur Volume 1. These routes find their way up the many conglomerate towers, pinnacles and faces that are unique to Montserrat, which are mainly bolted though there are some mixed and fully traditional routes as well. The guidebook covers 14 major rock climbing areas and details 580 multi-pitch routes, with many of these over 200m long, and across a wide range of grades from F3 to F7b+. All the routes are illustrated on full colour topos.
The Montserrat Free Climbs Guidebook is a single guidebook that captures the very best climbing in Montserrat, and covers all the regions including the Monastery area, the North side, and the South side. The guidebook describes over 1,000 of the very best routes found at Montserrat from single pitch sport routes through to long multi-pitch routes. All the routes are shown on colour photo topos along with a detailed description, plus descent information, and is in English text throughout.
Buy all of these rock climbing guidebooks for Montserrat from our shop.
Click on the above images to view some photographs of the excellent rock climbing to be found at Montserrat.
The Montserrat Free Climbs Guidebook is a selective guidebook for Montserrat describing over 1,000 of the best single pitch and multi-pitch routes.