THE GORGE


The massive defile of El Chorro's signature feature 'The Gorge' is one of Andalucia's most famous landmarks, made all the more significant by the Walkway (or Camino del Rey - King's Path) the narrow man-made walkway that clings to the walls of the Gorge. The Walkway was built in around 1905 to enable access and inspection to the workings in the Gorge and named after the visit of King Alfonso XIII in around 1921. Over the years the Walkway has fallen into disrepair and some sections have disappeared or been removed. For climbers the Walkway has become one of the great attractions of El Chorro since it offers an atmospheric approach to many of the routes, and adds dizzing exposure to the climbing right from the first move. Despite these attractions, the climbing focus in El Chorro has moved away from the Gorge in recent years and many of the routes are becoming neglected although the best climbs still see ascents, especially in hot weather. The two big multi-pitch classics of Africa and Zeppelin remain as popular as they have ever been.

Routes

94 sport routes (5...8c+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other Page
Pasarela de los Venenos
The smooth, vertical wall at the mouth of the Gorge is bisected by the start of the Walkway. All of...
15
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

12 mins

sheltered
110
Los Venenos
A large and rambling, off-vertical wall that has a handful of reasonable multi-pitch climbs on...
6
Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

12 mins

sheltered
111
Sector Santimonia
This sector was one of the first sections of the Gorge to be developed but it is now very quite and...
15
Sport
Morning sun
Up and down

15 mins

sheltered
112
Sector Jauja and Las Guiris
The two sectors are both shady and offer hard wall climbing. Although both of these areas were...
10
Sport
No sun
Up and down

17 mins

113
Africa Wall
Directly opposite Sector Santimonia is an enormous wall cut with vertical crack systems that point...
6
Trad
Early morning sun
Up and down

15 mins

114
El Recodo
This superb and atmospheric wall gives the most accessible and developed climbing in the Gorge. It...
37
Sport
No sun
Up and down

20 mins

sheltered
116
Sector Zeppelin
The largest section of wall in the Gorge is opposite El Recodo. The most obvious features of the...
5
Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

30 mins

119
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