LA RIBA


The impressive boulder-choked valley that restrains the river Brugent for much of its length between the town of La Riba and the perfectly proportioned hamlet of La Farena, is lined with limestone cliffs. The winding single track road that hugs the river’s edge gives easy access to many of the crags which have been developed along the valley, but supreme amongst these is the formation of Penya Roja. The Penya Roja contains the earliest routes of the region being easily accessed and offering what must have been an irresistible challenge to earlier pioneers. Today the four main sectors on the Penya, and its flanking sister crag of Xina, give the present day sport climber a choice of over a hundred routes of up to 4 pitches. There is something for every climber here except for those operating in the highest grades. Indeed for those wanting 5s, 6s and 7s you could do worse than spend a week’s holiday here alone. Many visiting climbers from outside Spain have been reluctant to try La Riba since it was wrongly credited by a French selected guide as being located in an industrial setting. The town of La Riba itself is home to some industrial complexes but is a good distance from the actual crags.

Routes

69 sport routes (4+...7c+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Approach walk Other Page
Pedestal
You may be itching to launch yourself at the towering buttress of Directa but it is worth stopping...
12
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

144
La Directa
The impressive orange towering buttress of La Directa dominates the Brugent Valley as you approach...
11
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

8 mins

146
Les Plaques
Just to the right of Sector La Directa is a wonderful grey angled slab with a plaque on its lower...
23
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

8 mins

148
Sense Nom
This sector is home to a trio of long fine pitches.
8
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

10 mins

150
Xina
Set further up the hillside from the Penya Roja, and not visible from the car park, Xina keeps its...
15
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

15 mins

Dry in the Rain
152
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  • Latest Comments

    For LA RIBA

    Primordials
    "The last part rips your finger tips!" 21/Apr

    Valls
    "Getting over the bulge isn't 6a+. It's 6c, no doubt." 05/Jun

    Tirate que esta bajito
    "A good climb but not as fine as its neighbour of the same grade." 04/Apr

    Massagran
    "long and varied route. Crux moves at the end. A must do!" 26/Mar

    Valls
    "This is a fine exciting route but considerably overgraded relative to other rout..." 03/Apr

    Aleix
    "Polished start, leads to better upper section after the mid-height lower-off, an..." 16/Mar

    Directa Reus
    "There used to be a sling between the last bolt and the anchor on pitch 2. Its no..." 05/Nov

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