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Rodellar

By: Nicholas Hobley
Country: Spain, Region: Aragon, Town: Rodellar

Deep in Spain's Sierra de Guara lies one of Europe's most famous climbing areas: Rodellar. This limestone eldorado, which takes its name from the tiny village nestled snug at the end of the road in the picturesque Mascun valley, is quite simply breathtaking. Park the car and walk from the village for just 10 minutes and you'll see what we mean: a beautiful gorge suddenly opens up below, with its multitude of huge overhanging caves, arches, pinnacles and slabs eroded smooth over thousands of years by the Mascun river. Gobsmacking! Catch your breath, rush back to the car, grab your gear, choose the crag which suits you most (tufas? crimps? shade? sun? you name it, Rodellar's got it) and get climbing. And at the end of the day, arms blasted from the three star routes, amble back to the campsite and enjoy the Spanish sunset. Forget your car for a week. Forget the hustle and bustle of ninetofive. Explore the gorges. Discover why this is also a canyoners dream come true. Live the Rodellar atmosphere to the full. Life, at one of the best crags in Spain, simply couldn't be better...

GETTING THERE

Rodellar lies km 60 NE of Huesca in Northern Spain, close to the French border. From Barcelona drive west along the A2 to Lerid, from here take the N40 to Monzon, Barbastro and then Rodellar (270km).

THE CLIMBING

Mainly stamina climbing on steep, powerful routes.

Total number of routes: 200 4: 4 5: 6 6a: 24 6b: 17 6c: 24 7a: 31 7b: 37 7c: 27 8a: 25 8b +: 5

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

Campsite with bungalows at Rodellar.

NOTES

The crag is tufa lined and consequently suffers seepage after extended periods of rain. There is excellent climbing at nearby Alquezar.

Camping El Puente
Camping Mascun

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Rodellar - Mascun by Dani Ascaso and Carlos Longrono.

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Autumn. Summer can be too hot, and the crag often seeps in winter.

HEIGHT

100m

ROPE

70m rope

GRADES

4a - 8c

ROCK

Limestone.

ORIENTATION

S, N, E

NUMBER OF ROUTES

200

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