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The conglomerate pillars of RiglosRock climbing at Riglos

Riglos is a picturesque village in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains.  Behind this village are huge red conglomerate pillars that rise up to 300m high, of which “El Pison” dominates them all.  These pillars provide both sport climbing and traditional climbing (using natural protection such as nuts and cams). 

The photograph opposite shows the main cliffs of Riglos. The Fire is on the left (in the background), the broad pillar of El Pison, and the Visera on the right.  The photograph is by by Guillaume Dargaud, and his website (http://www.gdargaud.net) has many excellent climbing photographs from around the world.

Map of the rock climbing areas around Riglos and Huesca

Map of the rock climbing areas around Riglos and Huesca

Rock climbing areas around Riglos

No Crag Type of Rock Number of routes Grade Range
1 Riglos Conglomorate 296 F4 to F8a
2 Pena Rueba Conglomorate 34 F5 to F8a
3 Mallos de Aguero Conglomorate 44 F4+ to F8b
4 Foz de Escalete Limestone 60 F5 to F8b+
5 Castillo de Loarre Limestone 19 F4 to F6c+
6 Valle del Garona Limestone & Sandstone 49 F5+ to F8a
7 Vadiello Limestone & Sandstone 410 F5 to F9a

Riglos Vertical rock climbing guidebookThe Riglos Vertical Guidebook describes all the routes at Riglos, Pena Rueba, Mallos de Aguero, and Foz de Escalete.  Buy this guidebook from our shop.

The Roca Espana Pyrenees rock climbing guidebook describes a selection of routes at both Riglos and Vadiello. Buy this guidebook from our shop.

The conglomerate nature of the rock provides numerous small pebbles and larger stones, which means the style of climbing is very different to other rock types (particularly limestone).  Therefore Riglos offers a total different climbing experience to other parts of northern Spain.  There are nearly 300 routes here across a wide range of grades from F4 to F8a on steep or slightly overhanging rock.

Virtually all the routes at Riglos are multi-pitch routes that range from 150m to 300m long, and therefore twin 60m ropes are essential.  The sport routes are usually well bolted though as on multi-pitch routes it is advisable to carry a small rack of traditional gear as some sections can be exposed. The photo opposite shows a route on El Pison and was taken by Guillaume Dargaud. El Pison is the largest pillar at Riglos with routes up to 300m long.

Vadiello is the closest crag to Huesca.  It is very extensive with over 400 routes on a mixture of conglomerate and limestone rock.  The style of climbing is also very varied from slab routes above the reservoir, to steep and overhanging routes in a sunny cave above the canyon.

Photograph of El Pison at Riglos

Riglos is included in the multi-pitch rock climbing in Europe guidebookThe other climbing areas around Riglos (as shown on the map) are a combination of conglomerate, limestone or sandstone rock.  The crags themselves have fewer routes though there is a good selection of long multi-pitch (up to 300m long) and single pitch sport routes. 

Riglos is included in the multi-pitch rock climbing in Europe guidebook.  Though this book doesn’t include any routes it describes the climbing at Riglos in great detail, along with many great photographs.  Further information is then given about practical information about how to get there, where to stay, when to go, rock quality and routes, and the type of gear required for climbing at Riglos.  Buy this multi-pitch rock climbing in Europe guidebook from our shop.

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Roca Espana Pyrenees rock climbing guidebook

The Roca Espana Pyrenees rock climbing guidebook describes a selection of routes at both Riglos and Vadiello. Buy this guidebook from our shop.