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Multi-pitch climbing in Montserrat, Barcelona

Multi-pitch climbing in Montserrat, Catalonia
Multi-pitch climbing in Montserrat, Catalonia
Alpine mountaineering course
Multi-pitch climbing in Montserrat, Catalonia

Marc, AEGM certified mountain guide, takes you to the beautiful Montserrat massif for a day of multi-pitch rock climbing. There are several routes to choose from!

Private

1 Day

All year

Low

All levels


Highlights

* Discover the stunning Montserrat Mountain.

* Adapt the climbing to your skills and level.

* Climb unique compact conglomerate needles.

Description

Join me for a fantastic rock climbing day in Montserrat, near Barcelona. Montserrat is a rocky massif, the most iconic mountain in Catalonia. Located only 30km from the city of Barcelona, this massif holds an extreme beauty and it is great for rock climbing.

Climbing in Montserrat is always an incredibly experience, the compact conglomerate rock and the beauty of the always surrounding needles makes it so special.

Due to the more than 4.000 routes that we can find in Montserrat its possible to climb all year round. It’s perfect for winter colder days with sunny sheltered south faces and good in summer when we climb on the north face.

This program is open to all level climbers. It’s perfect for a first multi-pitch experience and for the most challenging climbers. Just tell me your level and objectives and I’ll look for the routes that suits you best.

Are you tempted to try rock climbing in Montserrat? Come and enjoy this magical place in Catalonia, exploring its rocky walls! And for more rock climbing options in Catalonia, check out this program in the Pyrenees.

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 are included in the price. Although all climbing gear is included, I recommend that you bring your own harness and climbing shoes.

If climbing in Gorros area, one of the best views in Montserrat Mountain, we will take a cable-car. The price is not included and will cost 14€ per person plus the guide’s ticket.

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.

These prices correspond to the shorter bolted routes, up to 200 meters tall. If you want to climb a more difficult or trad route, the prices will range between 200€-350€ 1 person 130€-200€ 2 group of 2, especially the long north face routes.


Itinerary

Day 1: Climbing day

Depending on the chosen route, we will walk for from 10 to 30 minutes.

We can start with a couple single pitch routes so you get used to the rock or if you prefer to climb directly a multi-pitch route.

If we have time and you feel like it, we can climb two routes the same day.

Depending on the route we will have to rappel. The rappels will be easy and if you haven’t rappelled before we will do a short test before commiting to the climb.

I’ll be happy to adapt the program if you have any suggestions.

 

Details

More info

Although all climbing gear will be provided, I recommend that you bring your own harness and climbing shoes. Pick up and drop off can be arranged at an additional fee, depending on where you stay. A multi-day trip can be tailor-made for you. 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

We will meet at Monistrol de Montserrat train station, where I will pick you up. Getting there from central Barcelona is very easy and is a 1-hour train ride. There are trains leaving Barcelona every 20-40 minutes from 5:16 am to 22:41 pm. (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) If traveling by car, we will meet at Montserrat’s Monastery parking lot entry, I will send the location.

Equipment you will need to bring

Climbing shoes, sport clothing, waterproof jacket, hat or cap, sunscreen, food.


FAQs

Will the equipment be provided, or do I need my own?

I can provide all climbing gear, but I recommend you bring your own harness and climbing shoes

I've never done a multi-pitch climb; is this trip suitable for me?

Montserrat is great for a first multi-pitch because the climbing is easy and relaxed, plus there are many options in terms of length and difficulty that we can discuss. I will first teach you the basics and after we will climb the route.

How can I get to the meeting point?

I can pickup at Monistrol de Montserrat train station, 1 hour train ride from central Barcelona

What alternatives do you offer to climbing in Montserrat?

I offer plenty of options around Catalunya and the Pyrenees. You can have a look at this page - https://www.explore-share.com/mountain-guide/marc-vilaplana/ - There you'll find all the list of programs I offer.

I am a beginner climber, do you offer any initiation course near Barcelona?

Yes, I do! Please have a look at this program I have listed: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/2-day-rock-climbing-initiation-course/

In a completely safe setting, you will learn all the fundamentals of rock climbing while enjoying some of Catalonia's most stunning and thrilling rock climbing spots.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

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About the guide

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Marc

4.90

(174)

Mountain 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.

Languages

French | English | Catalan

Certificates

AEGM

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What people are saying about this trip

William

5.00

Amazing day with Marc, climbing a beautiful route in the South side of Montserrat. Marc is a very good guide and teacher, and he is also very friendly! He chose a perfect route given the description I sent.

Katherine

5.00

Marc is an excellent guide and I would climb with him again any time. I learned a lot climbing with him and felt safe and comfortable the entire time. Thanks Marc!

Katherine

5.00

We did a one day multi-pitch climbing course in Montserrat, and loved it. Marc is a very experienced and patient guide, with a lot of knowledge and easy to talk to, will answer any doubts you may have and gave us confidence first showing us the techniques in a safe place and then climbing the multi-pitch. Totally recommended!

Cassie

5.00

Marc created an amazing 3-day trip catered to my climbing goals. I am an experienced climber so we also did wilderness camping. He is super professional, an excellent climbing partner, and a joy to hang out with for 3 days! I saw so much of Catalonia thanks to his guidance, top notch experience!!

Owen

5.00

Phenomenal and breathtaking experience: Marc + the Montserrat Mountains = Unforgettable climbing experience. Marc is a genuine, kind, and caring host - which added to the already fascinating landscape. A local to the area who can show you the 'ropes' to the local crag and surrounding region. With his coaching I've completed the hardest route I've done outside! Pros: - Skilled climbing instructor - Beginner friendly - Tailored climbing experience (scaled as needed) - Excellent communication on safety and techniques to execute your climbing route - Instagram worthy shots Cons: - Wishing you had more energy to climb :/ Overall Rating: 11/10 would book again Overall a must for those who want an intro to outdoor climbing, or those who already climb outdoors and want some insight into the local scene. What are you waiting for? Climb on!


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