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Trad climbing course in Catalonia, 2+ days program

PORTADA - Trad climbing course in Catalonia - Marc Vilaplana
Trad climbing course in Catalonia, 2+ days program
Trad climbing course in Catalonia, 2+ days program
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Join local AEGM guide Marc on this great 2-day traditional climbing initiation course in Catalonia. Learn the skills you need to climb full clean or semi-bolted multi-pitch routes.



1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Open to everyone



  • Learn how to lead climb and build anchors under the guidance of a professional.
  • Discover one of the most beautiful Pre-Pyrenees areas.
  • Climb a 100 meters tall semi-bolted route.


Join me on a 2-day trad climbing initiation course in Catalonia and learn how to climb  full clean or semi-bolted multi-pitch routes. If you are already fluent in multi-pitch bolted routes, then this is the perfect course for you!

I will give you the tools and techniques you need to face the challenges offered by traditional lines. We will also go over traditional aid climbing during this course, one of the best ways to see and learn how traditional equipment works.

You will also learn how to build accidental rappels and safe traditional anchors for a great classic climb. During this great 2-day course in Catalonia I will teach you the following:

  • Climbing knots and traditional gear

  • Aid climbing notions

  • Placement and removal of traditional gear

  • Unbolted anchors

  • Classical progression techniques and body position

  • Accidental rappels

  • Safety tips

We will enjoy some great climbing and at the end of the course you will have the skills you need to climb semi-bolted or full clean multi-pitch routes.

If you are interested in this trad climbing course in Catalonia request your booking! I will be happy to guide you during this 2-day program. I also offer a winter multi-pitch climbing tour in Alt Urgell, also in Catalonia. Check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Personal insurance

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Even all climbing gear is included in the price I recommend to bring your own harness and climbing shoes. Photos (taken by the guide) are also included in the price.


Day 1: Single-pitch climbing

The course will take place in a single pitch climbing area so you can practice a lot under my guidance. Different workshops will be organized so you practice all the course contents.

Day 2: Multi-pitch climbing

We will move to a multi-pitch area where we will go over the things learnt the first day. Afterwards we will climb a semi bolted multi-pitch route adapted to your climbing skills and level.




One day half board accommodation is included in the price. We will be staying in Coll de Merolla refuge. They serve vegetarian food if asked.

More info

Skill required:

Multi-pitch experience and being able to lead climb 5.9 is required for this course.

  • All climbing gear is included, although I recommend that you bring your own harness and climbing shoes.
  • You should wear comfortable sport clothes and shoes, if possible mountain ones.
  • Photos (taken by the guide) are also included in the price.
  • Pick up and drop off can be arranged at an additional fee.
  • Notice that it is also possible to do the course in another location, contact me and ask for the option.
  • A third day is recommendable for you to fully assimilate the new techniques.

Meeting point

We will meet at Vic train station where I will pick you up and drive to Coll de Merolla climbing area (1 hour drive). To get to Vic from Barcelona take a train in Plaça Catalunya: Line R3 (Rodalies Renfe) direction Puigcerà and exit at Vic (1 hour trip).

Equipment you will need to bring



Watter bottle

Other gear: Climbing shoes, waterproof jacket, snacks.

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.


French | English | Catalan



What people are saying about this trip

Natalie Rizzo


January, 2022

We had a great time with Marc! He customized our course to meet our needs but also challenge us safely. He is very knowledgeable and was a great human to spend time with. We are excited to continue our trad climbing journey thanks to his course.

Anna Carmona


November, 2018

Marc has been a crack in this rescue course, he is a professional who immediately shows confidence, with a calm temperament, without haste but without pause, who adapts to the group, very professional and who puts safety first, a quality that I consider basic in professionals who are dedicated to mountain guides. I recommend him 100%, he is also a person who creates a warm climate, very close, familiar, intrepid and restless.



May, 2018

A magnificent guide. He taught us a lot, with patience and a lot of humour. I recommend him to everyone.

Pau Contreras


June, 2017

We did a two-day self-rescue course that is highly recommended to go with more confidence doing long climbing routes. It was great because it gave us the information we needed to adapt to each of us, and most of all were able to practice a lot.


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