Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and it also offers the most extensive and best rock climbing, sport climbing and bouldering of the area. The dormant volcanic mountain of Mount Teide (3718m high) dominates the rugged landscape of Tenerife. This volcano produced a reddish volcanic ignibrite rock that is common throughout all the climbing areas on the island. This rock is peppered with many pockets and the occasional cracks. Whilst the majority of the climbing on Tenerife is sport climbing there are many lines and sections of crags that are also Trad climbing routes, so do bring your rack to enjoy the full Tenerife rock climbing experience.
Rocking climbing areas in Tenerife
|New No||Region||Style of climbing||No of routes||3 to 5+||6a to 6c+||7a & over|
|1||Canada del Capricho||Sport/Bouldering||128||20||75||33|
|3||Las Vegas||Sport/Trad||61||Not Known|
|8||Arico Nuevo||Bouldering||Not applicable|
|9||El Poris||Bouldering||Not applicable|
|12||Tejina||Sport No info||50||Not known|
The largest climbing area in Tenerife is in the south of island at Arico. Here there are over 250 single pitch sport climbing routes, across a wide range of grades, plus some extensive bouldering. The climbing is on both sides of a valley and therefore offers some shade throughout the day.
La Canada del Capricho (also known as Las Canadas) is situated at 2000m in the beautiful landscape of Mount Teide National Park. This was the first rock climbing area to be developed in Tenerife and the altitude makes its climate similar to that of high mountain areas. The majority of the routes are sport routes with the occasional Trad line. The area is a series of outcrops with many towers and faces offering powerful overhangs and delicate slabs, where you can find sun or shade throughout the day. It is also the best location on Tenerife for bouldering with problems across a wide range of grades all over the area.
Guaria (Guía de Isora) is in the west of the island and with around 100 routes and is the third largest climbing area in Tenerife. However it is also the tallest crag with a number of multi-pitch routes. Due to its height this area has the highest concentration of Trad routes, though some of the sport routes are up to 35m long and require plenty of stamina. The crag is south facing and hence is warm – perfect for those sunny November days.
The Tenerife Rock Climbing Guidebook describes the sport climbing and bouldering at 13 areas in Tenerife, including Arico, La Canada del Capricho and Guaria.
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