Join AEGM-certified guide Palan for 1 or several days of multi-pitch rock climbing in Sierra de Gredos, near Madrid. Discover the spectacular granite spires of Galayos and the impressive walls of the Torozo and Albujea, above Puerto del Pico.
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Sierra de Gredos is part of the Sistema Central, the 500 km mountain range that splits the Iberian Peninsula in two. As both plateaus differ in up to 1000m in elevation, the north faces often run out in smooth slopes while south faces are far more impressive, forming dramatic vertical walls made up from fine granite in the area around Galayos and Puerto del Pico, two hours west of Madrid.
Perched on the rugged gorges of Gredos, the granite spires of Galayos provide high quality multi-pitch routes in an alpine environment at altitudes over 2000 meters. Here you can find 400 easy to hard trad routes, up to 300 meters, mostly on crack systems, set in a beautiful alpine scenery. There is no higher concentration of spires in Europe in less surface than in this place. Climbing season runs from May through November, as winters are cold and snowy.
The massive walls of Torozo and Albujea above Puerto del Pico are another great climbing area. While to the north, this massif sends out a steep slope, massive walls of up to 300m height drop almost vertically to the south, providing hundreds of beautiful routes.
Torozo combine slabs, cracks, dihedrals and chimneys, while Albujea climbing style is friction based. On both domes the granite is nice and compact, while the approach from Puerto del Pico is short. Climbing season runs from late March through early December, as most walls are south facing.
The following routes are excellent choices for a first visit to the area:
Sur Clásica (Torreón, Galayos), 150 m, V
Urderground-Malagón (Torreón, Galayos), 170 m, V+
Oeste (Aguja Negra, Galayos), 290 m, V
Ayuso-Espías (Punta María Luisa, Galayos), 150 m, 6b
Gran Diedro (Torozo), 220 m, V
Gollum (Torozo), 220 m, 6a
Guirles-Campos (Torozo), 300 m, 6b.
This program consists in one or several days of multi-pitch guided rock climbing on some of the best walls and spires of Gredos. Of course I can help you finding the perfect itinerary according to your level and time available.
Bear in mind these climbing tours are suitable for beginners as well as for experienced climbers. Also, please note you need some previous climbing experience and a good fitness level to join this trip.
This trip is an amazing opportunity to climb in one of the best granite climbing areas of Spain, discovering a landscape of magical spires, isolated walls and impressive domes, with cracks and dihedrals that will challenge your climbing skills!
So don’t miss out on this chance to climb in the Sierra de Gredos. Just contact me and book your trip! Let’s start planning your own climbing program in this unique climbing destination.
You may also want to check other great climbing programs I offer in different locations of Spain.
- Guiding fee
The price includes: Guiding and Instruction with an AEGM Certified/Trained Guide- Guiding Fee- Liability and accident insurance- All climbing gear except for the climbing shoes // Price does not include: Guide's expenses- Equipment list: climbing shoes. Food and drinks- Transportation (transportation is not included but carpooling is encouraged)- Accommodation- Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items. We can help you if there is anything that you need.
Longer trips are available in Galayos staying overnight at Victory hut. The hut is typically open late May through early October, offering half-boards and drinks. Notice that you will need to bring your sleeping bag and pad. A wide range of accommodations can also be found in the nearby towns of Arenas de San Pedro or Mombeltrán. Although accommodation is not included, I can help by recommending places to stay or taking care of all accommodation arrangements based on your requests.
Madrid or Arenas de San Pedro, Spain.
Other gear: Climbing shoes
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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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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