The 2nd Edition of the Roca Verde Guidebook has just been published. The 1st Edition sold out in 18 months and this 2nd Edition has been totally revised and updated with over 500 addition routes.
The new Roca Verde guidebook covers the sport climbing found around the Cordillera Cantabrica mountain range in north-west Spain. The climbing is situated between Gijon on the north coast and inland to the city of Leon, a distance of around 90 miles. This rugged, compact and incredibly green part of Spain is one of Europe’s best-kept secret climbing areas. What is also great about this area is that the climate is amenable to climbing throughout the year including the summer months – something that is unusual in other parts of Spain.
The limestone crags covered in this guidebook are walls of all shapes and sizes, which host a fantastic selection of accessible sport climbing venues. These limestone crags are well bolted and cared for by a committed local climbing community. In total there are 53 crags detailing over 3,400 routes across a wide range of grades. Some of the larger crags covered are Teverga and Quiros in the Valles del Trubia; Pelugano in the Valles de Nalon y Aller; plus Valdehuesa and Valverdin-Pedrosa near Leon.
For each crag there is information regarding the type and style of climbing found, plus the best time of the year to climb there. Published in May 2016, all the routes are shown on colour photo topos, and the text is in Spanish and English throughout. Also there are QR codes scattered throughout the guidebook linking to videos of various routes and boulder problems, so you can get a stronger flavour of the venues and type of climbing to be found in this region.
Access to this part of Spain is very good with major international airports at Aviles, Santander and Leon. Alternatively ferries are available from across Europe to the ports at Gijon and Santander. Coupled with a climate that means it is possible to climb throughout the year, this is another great option for a climbing holiday in Spain.