Cala Gonone, Sardinia

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Authors: Alan James, Mark Glaister and Ben Stokes
Published: April 2002 (version 2.00)

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Please note that this MiniGuide dates from 2002 and hasn't been updated much; the information is quite out of date now. The crags covered should still be reasonably accurate but there are local alternatives that are worth looking at to find out about the new developments. We have no plans to produce any new MiniGuides or printed guides to Sardinia.

If you are into limestone tufa climbing, and are searching for a good cheap holiday venue, then look no further than Montgrony in Catalunya, north-eastern Spain. Suspended high above the small village of Gombren, in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, Montgrony offers some of the best single pitch tufa-sport-climbs anywhere, plus an attractive Upper Tier with some easier routes. Montgrony itself is a small sanctuary for religious retreat and the chapel and associated accommodation are built into the cliffs around which the main climbing crags are located.
For teams looking for quality grades 6s there is enough here for a short week and it would be ideal to visit as part of a trip to other crags in Catalunya such as Monserrat or the superb crags of the Costa Daurada. For teams climbing in the 7th and 8th grade then the supply of fantastic lines will be unlikely to outstrip demand. However you should ensure that you arrive in good shape since the routes are long and sustained and will rapidly show up an lack of fitness.

Montgrony Routes up to 4+ 5 to 6a+ 6b to 7a 7a+ up
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This MiniGUIDE contains full-colour topos and photo-topos for all the popular crags in the area. There is plenty of information to cover enough climbing for several week's worth of climbing trips while based in the delightful Cala Gonone.


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