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Palan Martin




Mountain Guide- Mataelpino, Spain



Born in a climbing family it was a matter of time for me to fall deeply in love with anything that had to do with rock climbing, ranging from bouldering to big walls and specially trad climbing, enjoying every single aspect of this beautiful sport that I live as a lifestyle. I began climbing at an early age with my brother in La Pedriza, a huge granite range with 4000+ routes close to our home in the nearby mountains in Madrid. Known mainly for its bold slab climbing, features world class climbs on sort of styles: cracks, overhanging walls, multi-pitch, aid... all gathered in these iconic climbing paradise.

I soon began to travel throughout Europe and the US, exploring also Morocco, Turkey or Madagascar, not only for climbing or putting up new routes, but also to experience different cultures and getting to know wonderful people all around the world.

It's been five years since I decided to turn my passion into a career. In this time I have combined working 2 years as the specialist for climbing matters in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park with training Rock Guide aspirants at CFEM, one of the spanish certified Rock Guiding Teaching Centers. I also had time to enjoy teaching and training people at the climbing wall, learning a lot from every one of my trainees. And of course, I had time for guiding people on the most beautiful climbs, making people dreams come true and making sure the time we spend together becomes unique.

Nowadays I run a small guiding company called Compañía de Guías de la Zona Centro with my two partners Dani and Aitor, nestled at Manzanares El Real, the entrance gate to La Pedriza. From there we're happy to share all the possibilities that this region has to offer, ranging from hiking, through skiing and alpine climbing, to rock climbing and canyoning.

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Younghyo Kim


October, 2023

He is great mt guide. I had perfect time with him.

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October, 2023

Palan's technique was excellet. He always has a cool judgment and safety on the climbing. I could enjoy Bulnes climbing with his tight support. If I have more chance, I will do with him. Thanks!!

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Matthew Rispoli


March, 2023

Palan was both an amazing guide and instructor. He helped improve upon my climbing methods and took me to an amazing crag. The climbing and views were spectacular and the expertise were second to none. I hope to climb with Palan again one day.

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Dan Vitale


September, 2022

Amazing! Palan was an excellent guide. Patient, informative, knowledgeable, and all-around great guy. Will definitely seek him out for guiding the next time I’m in Madrid

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