Abella de la Conca now has around 300 climbs of all grades from beginners routes III to some of the hardest projects in the world 9a and above. Thanks must be given to pioneers like Pep Boixados, Jordi Pou and Gee who initiated climbing in the area.
Some sectors like Esglesia, Canyon Bajo, Font de les Gotes and Panorama are great for families as they offer very little walking, a flat base, and grades from III to 8a+
Forat dels Lladres (The Arches), Canyon Bajo, Costera and Gipsy Camp offer great summer climbing in north faces, high airy cliffs or cool pools to paddle in-between routes.
Sectors Voltor & Mur Blau and the beautiful but hard wall of Canyon Alto have plenty to keep you occupied in the winter months, their southerly direction offering perfect t-shirt climbing in December.
Some sectors are climbable all year as you’ll always find sun or shade at different times during the day like the Verdonesque sector of Congost, Panorama, Altiplano and Costera Pista.
There are also a handful of quality semi-equipped multipitch routes which are best climbed on sunny winter days.
The best guidebook for the area is the 2013 edition of Lleida Climbs. Abella de la Conca is ideally located as it’s equidistant from Oliana and Santa Linya making it not only possible to climb in Abella but also pretty much all of the crags contained in this guidebook within a 30 min to 1 hour drive. This makes for a perfect base if you want to try out a whole range of world class climbing crags. Information and topos containing new routes and grade updates for Abella de la Conca and some surrounding areas are available in the Eco Refugi.
When accessing the crag please stick to the existing paths and leave no litter or toilet paper behind. Human waste is now a major issue in many climbing areas in Europe PLEASE:
- Use the toilet before you leave home
- Ask at the Eco Refugi if you are caught short and need to use a toilet before you get to the crag
- Take a plastic bag with you and bag up and pack out your poo until you can dispose of it in an appropriate place
- As a last resort – dig a hole and bury it (a hole 20cm deep otherwise animals may dig it up and about 70 adult steps away from water).
- Under no circumstances should you burn your toilet paper. This is a serious fire risk!
For more information on how to safely dispose of human waste visit Trail Space