Climbing in Canarias
Climbing in Canary Islands -Lanzarote The Canary Islands are seven in total; Teneriffe, Gran Canaria, Furteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomerra. Every island is special and has its own unique landscape. There is climbing on all of the islands, ranging from only bouldering to sport climbing and long traditional routes. You can easily travel between the islands with boat or airplane. What makes the climbing in Lanzarote so spectacular is that almost all the climbs you find, are on steep overhang and roofs with good grip on sharp volcano rock. The actual climbing sectors are to be found deep down in the ground, and not as usual on mountainwalls. The island is mostly flat with only a few old and sandy volcanos skeletons standing around. Nevertheless the climbing is fantastic, here you find technical and powerful routes where you get to use your whole body for finding rests and saving power to finish the demanding roofs. There are many great routes rangin from 6b to 8c+ with a majority in the 6c-7b+ grades. Because of the sharp rock, your skinn will be done before your muscles. Climbing tejp, durable clothes and long slevs and pants are your best friends for making the best out of the climbing time in Lanzarote. But!!! before you start packing your bag and planning a tripp here, it is very important that you take in consideration that climbing in Lanzarote is a sensitive issue. Many of the crags are actually prohibited to climb, so don´t expect to find a guidebook or a lot of information on the internet about approach and locations. If you want to climb in Lanzarote I would recommend you to either contact us at Grand Climb or find a local climber in Lanzarote that can assist you with access and information.
Long climbing routes in Gran Canaria
Multipitch and traditional climbing in Gran Canaria. What most people don’t know is that Gran Canaria has a fair amount of beautiful traditional climbing routes. Maybe you have seen the sport climbing guidebook and thought that that is all the climbing the island has to offer, but no you can’t be more wrong, there are so much more to discover. In the middle of the island between the villages Tejeda and San Bartolome you find a small place called Ayacata, here you will find a mecka of trad, sport and mix multiputch routes varying from 2 -5 pitches, most with great anchors/stands and rapells. The most spectacular multipitch climb is on the basal monolit Roque Nublo. The routes are not of best quality but the view and scenery is breathtaking. In the sportclimbing guidebook, you can find some of the routes of roque nublo described, but these are far from the best ones. For example, on the back side you will find a great but a bit challenging mix route offering dihedral and crack climbing about 6b-6c. There is also a fully bolted 6b+ multipitch that reaches all the way to the top. Down in the wally around Ayacata you will find longer routes of better quality. There are several sectors and by driving through the area you will easily get an overview of the different sectors and lines. The first sector closest to the bar Casa Melo, is called La Librera and offers among other routes, a splendid traditional 4+ route with cracks and bolted anchors, a mix 5+ starting in a cave, and another 5+ fully bolted. Here you can easily climb and rappel with a 70 meter rope. A bit further away towards Tejeda you come upon the sector Fronton, here you will find great mix routes about 5 pitches ranging from 5+ to 6c. For these routes you need two 50-60 m ropes if you want to rappel down, otherwise you can use a 60-70 m rope and then just walk down. At the curve of the road, on the right side, you will see sector El Pino, here the rock has a lot of holes and funny structures. But be aware the routes in this sector are a bit more difficult and you might have to use your aid skills to get passed some of the cruxes. There are many more sectors around Ayacata, such as Las Fantasmas, Montanon, Roque Bentayga, El Nariss, and El Asserador. They all offer fun and varying climbing with different difficulty. So what are you waiting for? Just pack your climbing rack, book a flight and come and enjoy long beautiful multipich routes in perfect weather. See you on the wall =) For guiding and/or more information: Contact
Climbing Via Ferrata La Guagua, Gran Canaria
Climbing Gran Canaria Via Ferrata La Guagua The weather predictions were rain and more rain. But we were lucky and got a sunny and perfect day on the long Via Ferrata, La Guagua. This Via Ferrata is demanding and very amusing, it has many passages with vertical walls, a amazing cave, a overhanging ladder and a trilling cable bridge. Our clients of the day did a splendid job and the beer afterwards has never tasted so good. Start of the via ferrata overhanging ladder climbing trough a cave many vertical walls Fighting gravity
Multipitch climbing Ayacata
Climbing in Ayacata is always a pleasure, the views are stunning. After a foggy morning in Asserador, practicing anchors, rappel and commands we went to the sector Libreria for some more multipitch practicing. The routes are great, with nice bolted anchors and rappel stations. Ayacata is really a perfect place for learning and teaching multipitch climbing.
Climbing in El Cenobio
Crack climbing on Gran Canaria El Cenobio is a great climbing area close to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. The routes have very different styles, from beautiful cracks to water polished slopers. Here you can find one of the best 7b’s of the island, Nena, a vertical, technical and fingery route on great rock. There are also some very nice 6b-6c cracks that are worth the visit.