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El Chorro



Writen by Mark Glaister

Reviewed by Karin Magog

This, the latest climbing guide from Rockfax, certainly doesn’t disappoint.  Previously, the climbing at El Chorro had been detailed in the triple-area guides (Costa Blanca, Mallorca and El Chorro), but now (in line with the other 2 areas) El Chorro finally has its own guidebook.


It’s the first time that photo topos (as opposed to hand drawn ones) have been used for the area and what an impact they make, for me really highlighting some of the impressive cliffs down there.  The lay-out is much less cluttered than some of the more recent Rockfax guides which makes using the guide easier and more pleasurable.  Add to that some superb action shots and you’re onto a winner. The areas included have been updated since the last guide to reflect local access restrictions and popularity, meaning we’ve lost the Upper Gorge (climbing is now banned here) and the small venue of Campillos Gorge but we’ve gained the worthwhile sounding wall at Villanueva de Cauche and the rather off-putting but apparently not bad Mijas.  Many of the popular areas such as Makinodromo and Desplomilandia have seen plenty of development in recent years offering even more to go at, especially in the higher grades.  However, there’s also plenty of less steep stuff around as a quick flick through the guide will testify. As with any Rockfax guide the intro and logistics sections supply all the answers to questions such as accommodation, getting there, best time of year, etc.  There’s also the usual high standard access and approach maps. All in all a very good looking guide to this popular and worthwhile area, that Mark Glaister deserves to be pleased with.  It inspired me so much I’ve already booked my flights. 

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