The Gorge is a huge limestone defile that was formed by the Guadalhorce RIver. It is one of Andalucias most famous landmarks - not only because of the unique geography, but also because of Camino del Ray (The King's Pathway), a narrow and dangerous walkway that clings to the side of the gorge walls.
The climbing in the Gorge is still popular, but many of the routes are falling into disrepair, not unlike the pathway from which you must belay. Still, there are popular sectors that offer a unique climbing experience or maybe just an escape from the sun in warmer months.
For experienced climbers, The Gorge offers adventurous traditional routes of up to 1000 feet - some of which can be done with nothing more than 14 draws and a set of wires.
Even if it is just to walk the Camino del Ray, a trip through The Gorge is a must for any visitor. If you are looking for a full rest day activity, head up river to the Upper Gorge, an even more breathtaking and intimidating canyon with an even more defunct walkway.
From El Chorro village take the path past the Refugio and walk toward the gorge, looking for the green bridge. As usual, there are dozens of ways to go, so just use your sense of direction. Once you see the green bridge, walk right up to it and then down the hill towards the start of the walkway.
The first part of the walkway is a full on via feratta that will be slightly un-nerving for non-climbers. Once you've negotiated the beginning section, the actual walkway is fairly straight forward.
See approaches for each individual route or sector, as they are all different and some are not accessed via the Camino.
This is one of the best routes in the El Chorro area, and should be done by anyone climbing at the grade. It is a crack climb, but like limestone routes, you'll be using face holds as well. The crack can be wide, flaring and dirty in spots. It is definitely a trad route with a few old bolts along the way. It is also known to be a bit of a sandbag (or the shitty Rockfax guide is just wrong), and is said to go at about 5.11. P2 and P4 are given the grade of 6b+ while P1 gets 6a+ and P3 gets a...[more]Browse More Classics in International