Araya – what a find!

We stumbled upon this fabulous crag thanks to a posting on the UKC logbook, and the incredibly useful Elev-arte.com website, and what a gem!

Hidden away up a 2km dirt track and a 25 minutes walk through stunning scenery and chest-high rosemary, it was a lucky day when the equippers  (apparently a couple of Brits – thanks guys!) found this superb venue. Currently about 50 routes spread across 5 sectors on a curving wall, catching the sun all day and sheltered from any wind, it’s a prime winter destination. There’s probably a good couple of days worth in the 6s and then a lot of 7a/b to go at – not to mention huge scope for development, and a range of styles from crimpy walls to tufa tussles, all to about 35m. What’s not to like?


After not having enough ‘explosive power’ for Nacho Dinamite  (a 7a+ with a very bouldery 5m section) and making a wrong choice of sequence on the really excellent tufa of Energia Solar 7a it was set to be a day of thin pickings. Happily Justin put the clips in Pincha Peros, a crimpier 7a at the left hand end of the crag, and I had just enough beans left to do it. Plenty more to come back for! 

You’ll find an excellent downloadable topo here:

http://clubtrepacastellet.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Araya-Croquis-Marzo-2016.pdf 

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