Portugal Rock Climbing Guidebook

by Mark on October 9, 2017

65-October-Portugal-Rock-Climingr-GuidebookA new Portugal rock climbing guidebook has just been published, the first for over 10 years, that provides a huge update on all the new developments during this time and describes the best places for climbing in Portugal. There are many excellent places to go climbing in Portugal and the following areas are some of the best.

Located in the north of the country are Portugal’s Serra da Estrela Mountains – the highest point in the country. In these granite mountains there are single and multi-pitch routes on friction slabs or walls requiring finger and hand jams. The added bonus of this area is the superb bouldering that is found at Pedra do Urso, which is the largest bouldering area in Portugal.

Redinha and Buracas are considered as the best sport climbing areas in Portugal, and they are located in the Serra do Sico Mountains in the centre of the country. There are around 300 routes on limestone rock, where the different sectors offer varied climbing ranging from crimps, pockets and tufas.

Close to the capital Lisbon is another diverse climbing area. This includes sea cliff climbing at Espinhaco with its trad multi-pitch routes on granite rock to limestone sport climbing at Farol da Guia near Cascais. However it is the pink granite bouldering at Sintra that has attracted the most foreign climbers to Portugal, and it is easy to see why. It is a magical location in a forest environment next to a historical town with its palace and castle.

The Algarve in the south of Portugal has two excellent climbing areas. Rocha da Pena is a sport climbing area with nearly 100 routes on limestone rock with lots of varied holds. However Sagres is by far the largest area, with nine sectors offering trad and sport routes plus some world class deep water soloing (DWS) – all on limestone rock.

The Portugal rock climbing guidebook is split into 14 main areas and describes 41 different crags, showcasing the best climbing across the country. Thousands of routes and boulder problems are described on either colour topos or boulder maps.

Buy this new Portugal rock climbing guidebook for £34.95 plus P&P.

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New Tarragona Climbs Guidebook

by Mark on September 18, 2017

64-September-Tarragona-Climbs-GuidebookThe 2nd edition of the Tarragona Climbs Guidebook has recently been published. It covers selected sport routes in the Sierra de Prades Mountains that are widely regarded as some of the finest single pitch sport routes in Europe. The Sierra de Prades Mountains rise sharply behind the coastal city of Tarragona, located to the south of Barcelona in Catalunya.

The guidebook covers 11 crags and more than 3,800 routes across a wide range of grades from F3 to F9b. This 2nd edition of the guidebook has been completely updated with the world class areas of Siurana, Montsant and Margalef being considerably expanded.

Siurana is situated above a beautiful canyon with stunning limestone crags in all directions. Its position, charm and high quality routes make Siurana one of the most popular winter rock climbing destinations in Europe. Montsant is a huge conglomerate crag up to 200m long that is split into tiers linked by spectacular paths and ladders. The character and style of climbing is on very solid and compact conglomerate rock that is full of finger pockets. Margalef is another conglomerate crag that provides powerful and sustained pocket pulling routes. The crags are situated either side of a secluded river meaning that you can climb either in the sun or shade, depending upon the time of day and your preference.

The other 8 areas covered are La Mussara, La Riba, Els Cogullons, El Penitent, Mont-Ral, Vilanova de Prades, Arbolí, Llaberia and Tivissa. These crags are a mixture of limestone and conglomerate rock with many of the climbing areas at an altitude between 500m and 1000m.

All the routes are shown on colour photo topos, along with detailed access information and location maps for each crag, including GPS co-ordinates for the key parking areas. The Tarragona area is a great location for a rock climbing holiday with the best conditions being found from the autumn through to the spring.

Buy this new Tarragona Climbs Guidebook for £29.95 plus P&P.

Find out more about rock climbing in the Sierra de Prades Mountains near Tarragona.

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