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Can Jorba 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Collbato 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Gorros 3 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 9

Description

Perched fortress-like atop the surrounding wine country sits Spain's largest climbing area, and the spiritual cradle of Catalonian climbing. The magical blunted spires of Montserrat hide literally thousands of excellent routes, with a variety of length & commitment sure to intrigue climbers of all tastes & abilities. Located only 30 miles from the bustling metropolis of Barcelona, the Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat that contains the climbing area is a popular destination for locals & tourists alike. The main attraction for tourists is the aesthetic Benedictine Monastery located among the cliffs on the East end of the park, which offers access to many of the more popular climbs.

A funicular provides access to the Southeast portion of the park, reducing the daunting approach to a meager stroll. Beware there are two funiculars, one that goes up (St Joan), and one that goes down (Santa Cova). Be sure you are in the correct station before you buy your ticket.

There are a number of Refugis in the park that provide cheap accomodations for climbers. The Monastery also offers rooms and a campground.

The Rock

Montserrat is composed of excellent cobblestone conglomerate, not unlike the rock found at El Rito, Castlewood Canyon, or Maple Canyon in the US. The primary difference is that these formations reach heights of over 1000 feet, offering a world-class multi-pitch climbing experience. Although the cliffs may appear chossy, the rock is generally very solid, and highly featured, with many protruding knobs and sinker pockets.



Routes range in difficulty from 3rd class scrambles & via ferratas to 5.14c. Lengths range from the ridiculously short 2-bolt power route, to multi-pitch adventures in excess of 10 pitches.

The vast majority of lines are bolt protected, but many of these are runout, and there are opportunities for intermediate natural gear placements. A small rack of nuts will prove useful on most lines. Helmets are a good idea here, and seem to be favored by the vast majority of local climbers. Although these routes see nearly constant traffic, pockets of loose rock remain.

First-time visitors will be drawn to the Gorros formations that tower above the Monastery. More accomplished climbers should not miss the imposing 'the half-dome of Montserrat', and its imposing East face. Countless high-quality single-pitch sport climbs are spread throughout the park.

When to Visit

Montserrat is a year-round crag, but like most "year-round" crags, spring and fall are best. Shade is at a premium in the warm summer months, and in the winter many of the most challenging multi-pitch lines will be too cold to enjoy. If you are here in the winter, the Gorros get morning sun and are bear-able on warmer winter days. Additionally, the south-facing slabs of & other formations around are relatively sheltered from the wind.

Beta

English-speaking visitors will want to check out the excellent e-guides available from RockTopo These are "supertopo"-style guides with detailed introductions, text descriptions, and high-quality topos available for download.

Getting There

"The Loop Road" surrounds the cliffs of Montserrat & provides access to all of the climbs. There are multiple ways to reach this road, but for direct access to the Monastery area, take the A-2 out of Barcelona to the C-55. Take the C-55 to the small town of "Monistrol de Montserrat". Here get on the winding BP-1121, which joins the loop road a short distance North of the Monastery.

The parking situation at the Monastery can be troublesome, particularly on weekends. Arrive early or expect to waste a good bit of time looking for a space. There is a ~5 Euro fee if you are lucky enough to get a spot in the parking lot.

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Marge  
Will be in the area May 11-12 looking for some climbing partners. May 1, 2017
Hannah Martin
Denver, CO
Hannah Martin   Denver, CO
Anybody have any experience/advice for renting climbing equipment either in Barcelona or somewhere else nearby Montserrat? We would prefer to travel without all of our gear. Apr 9, 2017
Planning to be in Montserrat on March 17-19, 2017 and looking for a climbing partner, preferably for the 18th. Mar 8, 2017
Jaime Manning   Utah
Looking for a climbing partner for Margalef/Montserrat/Siurana area May 7-10. Hit me up if you are too. Mar 2, 2017
I will be in Barcelona in mid-May and would love to do some climbing (starting the 18th). I won't have gear with me aside from my shoes and harness. Hoping to find someone who is set to go though. Jan 12, 2017
I will be in Barcelona for all of January 2016 and am looking for a partner for week day as far out as Monserrat.
Thanks Dec 20, 2015
Looking for a climbing partner for Margalef/Montserrat/Siurana area end Sept/early Oct!! Jul 1, 2015
Toti V  
We at barcelonaclimb.com provide guided climbing tours in Montserrat or climbing partners Apr 27, 2015
wimse
sweden
wimse   sweden
I´m going to Barcelona/Montserrat in mid march for a couple of weeks. Is there anybody else around without climbingpartner who wants to go sportclimbing 6a to 6c with me? You need to climb safe and belay focused. Please send me a massege. Jan 13, 2015
Toni G  
Heading to Monserrat Nov 22-23 and am looking for a partner to climb with. Please message me if you are interested. Thanks! Oct 18, 2014
Jordan Hirro
Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Jordan Hirro   Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Visited here this July and it was, simply put, amazing. Below is some up-to-date beta on the Monastery area!:
WHERE TO STAY/CAMP: You will need to park alongside everyone else (4 Eruo?) that's doing a day visit of the Monastery. They do not mind if you stay overnight, just make sure you pay (honor system until you leave, they'll for your ticket). Now once you've parked, you need to pack up and walk just about 20min to the campsite! You'll pass over the (obvious) bridge and you'll pass the Cremalera on the left, and the restaurant on the right. Just passed the restaurant (in the same building) you'll see the visitors' center, which is also below the giftshop, and they can point you to the campsite which just another 10 min walk or less up and left (they'll give you a map). KEEP IN MIND that ciesta is a big deal in Spain, and it effects the campsite hours, too. It's open from 8-2, then 5-8ish? (it's like 10 euro per person per night or something? Very cheap and has showers.)
Here you will meet Marcel Millet, a living legend in Spain. He'll give you your beta on climbing...as long as you speak Spanish...or interpret guidebooks really well. He's bolted 496 routes at Montserrat so he's trustworthy!
GUIDEBOOK: you will not find any guide covering the area in the neighboring giftshop...don't as why, they don't have it. But Marcel does!
FOOD/INTERNET: Marcel's campsites are very nice, and he even has a community kitchen with a fridge and a stove! So bring your own food, or eat at the few restaurants on the monastery. WIFI can be reached for free at the first main building on the left right after you park before you cross the bridge!
CLIMBING: It's so good. Color coded bolts...what more can you ask for? Seriously, just talk to Marcel. If you don't speak the language, just say "escalar". Hope this helps! Enjoy! Sep 3, 2014
I just tried to buy the topo from rocktopo but it seems like the page is no longer available. Does anyone know how/where to purchase and guidebook to montserrat in english? Feb 1, 2014
Ben Caruso
Blowing Rock, NC
Ben Caruso   Blowing Rock, NC
Climbing around here during all of September- happy to link up with other climbers. Hit me up! Aug 19, 2012
Nathan Ellis
Atlanta, Georgia
Nathan Ellis   Atlanta, Georgia
Staying in Barcelona next week and need a climbing partner. Would like to find someone who knows the area. Any ideas where else to look? I can speak some Spanish. Mar 9, 2012
I'll be traveling around this area (and Barcelona) alone from October 20th - 30th

I have a full trad and sport rack and would LOVE to find someone to climb with. Can anyone suggest a good way to find a climbing partner or even a guide here? I can't haven't found anything so far!

If anyone wants to climb while I'm out there I'd do anything from trad multipitches to bouldering.

Thanks,
Alec Oct 4, 2011
adam brink
Boulder, CO
adam brink   Boulder, CO
Does anyone have beta on the best places to stay around Montserrat? Are there local huts or guesthouses? Thanks! Sep 1, 2011

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