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Rock climbing initiation course in Barcelona, 2 days

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Join Marc on this 2 day rock climbing initiation course. You will learn all the basic rock climbing techniques in a completely safe environment, while you enjoy some of the most beautiful and thrilling rock climbing spots in Catalonia.

Private and Group

2 Days

All year

Open to everyone

First Time


  • Learn the rock climbing basics so you can climb with your friends.
  • Discover the magical Montserrat Mountain, a true climbers paradise.
  • All climbing gear is included.


Rock climbing is a unique sport that requires mental concentration and physical strength. Unlike other sports, this one combines different skills, while giving you an adrenaline rush hard to compare. If you are interested in rock climbing, but have no experience, this 2-day initiation course in Barcelona is perfect for you.

Rock climbing is a strategy game. You must plan and study the routes ahead of you to decide the best move. During our 2 day course, I will teach you how to conquer this game, while you enjoy some of the most beautiful and thrilling settings for rock climbing in Catalunya.

Upon completion of this rock climbing course, you will be able to climb, with your partners and completely safe, single-pitch routes. A pitch is a section of a route where we use rope and belay points for protection.

One of my goals is that, by the end of this 2 day initiation course, you can lead and clip the rope properly. Another objective of this course is that you learn how to belay a partner.  Belaying refers to the different techniques used to apply tension on the rope. This is important so that if you lose balance, you can’t fall down.

During this 2 day initiation course you will learn the following:

  • Rock climbing gear and how to tie knots

  • Top rope and lead belaying

  • Maneuvers with  anchors, guiding and clipping of ropes

  • Bailing a route

  • How to deal with climbing falls

  • Body position and progression techniques

Most importantly, I will make sure you learn all the safety tips needed to enjoy yourself while being safe. And of course, you will have the opportunity to climb a lot and have fun!

So if you want to learn the basics of rock climbing, send me a request. I will be more than happy to safely guide you on this adventure.

If you are interested in a different type of trip such as climbing during winter, check out this Winter multi-pitch climbing in Alt Urgell, Catalonia.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Personal insurance

Price details

Liability and accident insurance, all climbing gear and pickup in Monistrol de Montserrat train station or nearby station included in the price. Photos and Gopro videos (taken by the guide) are also included in the price. Pickup in another location can be done at an extra fee.


Day 1: Climbing day

Pick up at Monistrol de Montserrat and 20 minutes drive to the climbing area, plus 15 minutes walk to the walls.

We will start with gears and knots, afterwards you will already do some tope rope climbing and belaying.

We will spend the day in the climbing area and eat there, so make sure you take water and food for the day.

Day 2: Lead climbing

We will go to a different climbing area, also around 20 minutes drive. The hike to the walls will take around 30 minutes.

The goal for the second day is that you start lead climbing.

Like the day before we will spend all day in the climbing area.




If you decide to spend the night around Montserrat Mountain contact me and I will give you some suggestions. There is also the possibility to spend the night at the Montserrat Campground, right next to the Monastery. A basic affordable camping. During winter months it is closed. I will be happy to help and arrange accommodation for you.

More info

Although it’s a first time designed course, it can be adapted for those who have some experience and want to improve their climbing skills and level. Pick up and drop off can be arranged at an additional fee, depending on where you stay. Notice that it is also possible to do the course in another location, contact and ask for the option. A third day is recommendable for you to fully assimilate the new techniques. Wear light but strong comfortable sport clothes, mountain oriented if possible. Adapt the clothing to the weather conditions, I will suggest depending on the season.

Meeting point

If traveling from Barcelona by train, we will meet at Monistrol de Montserrat train station. (To get there from central Barcelona take a train from Plaça Espanya. Take the R5 - FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) to Manresa and exit at Monistrol de Montserrat. There is a train leaving at 8:36 and arriving at Monistrol de Montserrat at 9:41.) If traveling by car, we will meet in Collbató, a village on Montserrat’s south face.

Equipment you will need to bring



Watter bottle

Other gear: Sport clothing, waterproof jacket, sunscreen, hat or cap, food.

About the guide

AEGM Rock Climbing Guide

Ever since I was a kid I have been in contact with nature, and this has been my environment. Family traditions led to my first steps in the hiking world. I discovered wonderful places and learned to enjoy and respect the mountains. Still vivid in my memories are the ascents around Ordesa NP and the Catalan Pyrenees during my childhood.

At the age of eighteen I took my first steps in rock climbing. I dedicated some years climbing traditional classic routes, with the Montsec range as my school. With the experience gained I widened my horizons and started discovering new walls: Ordesa, Puig Campana, Penyal d'Ifach, Los Mallos de Riglos, Montrebei, Terradets...

In 2000, I got my Civil Engineer degree. I then spent my holidays climbing. At this point I started exploring the big possibilities France and its walls opened up: Verdon, Vercors, Jonte...

In 2002 I went on a one-year trip to Australia, but without climbing. After that year I realized rock climbing was my real passion. At then started spending as much time as I had climbing. My climbing trips starting taking me further and further. It was in Switzerland where I discovered my favorite climbing terrain: the amazing limestone walls of Wendenstöcke, Rätikon, Sanetsch... After that, new destinations kept coming: UEA, Jordan, Morocco, Dolomites, Sardinia, Corsica...

Finally, I decided to become a Climbing Guide and offer all my climbing experience to you.

My formal training started in 2011, as I became a Climbing Monitor of the High Mountain Catalan Academy (ECAM). Just after that, in 2012, I got my Climbing Sport Technician degree.

Not satisfied with that, I continued my training to get the highest climbing degree available in Spain. In the spring of 2014 I finished my training and became a Climbing Superior Sport Technician.


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What people are saying about this trip

Laura Weiand


December, 2022

We did the initiation course with Marc and it was beyond amazing! We learned so much and Marc really took his time to explain everything but also tied in nice climbing stories and put each situation/climbing exercise into context. Genuinely such a good person and wonderful to be around all day while out enjoying the beautiful nature. Our highest recommendation!!

Anna Novich


May, 2021

Marc is an incredible professional who allows even those of us who are just starting out in this world to enjoy climbing thanks to his way of explaining and making people understand how to evolve in this sport. His knowledge of all climbing areas gives him a lot of flexibility to teach about different types of climbing and rock climbing areas. He has all the necessary equipment even if the ‘students’ do not have it. At the end of the experience, he sent us all the information about different climbing areas in the area suitable for our level and photos from the whole weekend. 100% recommended, very good professional. Thank you so much for everything Marc !!!!

Martí García


September, 2020

Very good experience, we learn and enjoy it, I would recommend it.



July, 2020

We did an introductory course in sport climbing with Marc on the first weekend in July. We come back with a lot of new information and a lot of internalized concepts. From Marc we highlight his patience, knowledge of safety and climbing sectors, passion for it and anticipation of possible problems that may arise climbing and that is easy to solve with the right information. 100% recommended course if you want to start being autonomous in rock. 10 points for Marc .

Arnald Batlle


June, 2020

I did the climbing initiation course and it was great for me. I learned a lot and gained the confidence to climb. It has been a very good course and Marc is a great instructor. Highly recommended.



June, 2020

Marc is a great instructor and also a great person! highly recommended



June, 2020

I took a climbing initiation course with Marc, and he gave us a lot of knowledge so we could gain the confidence to climb on our own. It has been a pleasure, he adapts to all situations and creates a very good vibe! Thank you so much Marc!

Joan Josep Giner Vila


June, 2020

I did the introductory course in sport climbing with Marc this weekend and it has been a pleasure. Level 0 game and no previous experience. Marc has been very patient and it has been a pleasure to learn from him: knots, belaying, anchors, falling well, how to climb, how to interact in this world, how to find a route... He had no problem at all lending me his equipment. At all times I felt safe and he conveys a lot of security and a very good vibe. At all times!! 100% recommended if you want to get started in this world of climbing! I'LL DO IT AGAIN!!

Núria Vilardell


May, 2020

Super recommended, good course, good locations, adapted to our level, good balance between theory and practice. Marc is the best, he knows how to motivate you and make you progress. We really enjoyed it! we want more!



May, 2020

Very good partner and professional. With a two-weekend theoretical and practical course, I felt self-sufficient to do sport climbing. Thanks Marc!



April, 2020

This experience was the highlight of our week in Barcelona! Marc was very supportive and accommodating to our climbing levels. We climbed a variety of routes, which were really fun! He is very experienced, and good at what he does. Thanks again!

Paula Marmol


February, 2019

Marc introduced me to climbing during february 2019. I took part in one of his initiation groups where we learnt both theory and practical skills. It was amazing and with no doubt I would recommend him to everyone who wants to start climbing or to improve the technique because of his incredible knowledge, skills, passion and patience.

Helena Repe


February, 2019

Hoy hemos finalizado el curso de Nivel Inicial con Marc en Montserrat!! De nuevo, ha sido una jornada muy agradable. Marc es un profesional en la materia, nos ha hecho pasar un día de escalada estupendo y quedarnos con ganas de repetir! Sin duda, recomendado 100%!

Daniel nordström


June, 2018

I had the best experience of my entire holiday with Marc. I never climbed before and with him coaching in safety and technique I managed to advance ALOT in my 2 day course. He does that little extra to make the experience truly unique. I would recommend this to anyone who who is up for a great challenge and adventure, in spectacular environments, with a fantastic guide/coach/teacher. Thank you Marc.

Guillem Gallifa


April, 2016

Marc is a great professional, demonstrates a high level of climbing skills, and knows how to teach in a very dynamic way. In addition, it makes you feel at home from the first minute, due to its friendly and forthcoming personality. I definitely recommend it!


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