El Chorro - Las Encantadas
The magnificent cliff of Las Encantadas - the Enchanted Crag - lives up to its name. It is set in a commanding position, overlooking the valley that runs down to Malaga, and has a set of routes that deserve the attention of all climbers who enjoy long, sustained and technical wall climbs; the harder routes especially are amongst the best in the area. If the crag has a fault then it is that it catches all the sun that is going and turns into an unbearable oven in warm conditions.
Las Encantadas is reached from El Chorro village by following the road past the Station Bar and carrying straight on up out of the village on the road to Valle de Abdalajis. After 0.5km the road levels out and the crag comes into view on the left just above the road. On the road directly below the crag are pull-offs on the right - park here and walk back down the road a few metres to below the far left end of the crag. From here pick up a path that heads right to the base of the crag. For the upper crag use the same approach and from the right end of the lower crag walk and scramble up rightwards to the upper crag. Do not approach the crag directly above the building below the crag.
FOOD AND ACCOMODATION
Accommodation is not a problem in El Chorro. Visitors can choose from a campsite, the characteristic climbers' "refugio", the hotel next to the station and many welcoming "fincas".Finca la Campana, run by John and Christine, is friendly and highly recommended. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past bad behaviour by climbers resulted in the owner banning climbing and removing many of the first bolts, however this situation has now eased and most of the bolts are back in, new routes have started to be put up and some rebolting work undertaken. Nevertheless, good behaviour here is absolutely essential; the owner has the property below the crag and noise should be kept to a minimum and no dogs are permitted.
El Camino del Rey - El Chorro 2010
El Chorro by Mark Glaister, Rockfax
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