El Chorro in Andalusia, Spain
El Chorro is a world class climbing destination with over 1500 routes and grades to suit all climbers from French Grade 4 through to Grade 8. The climbing is bolted and the rock is fantastic (limestone) and varied with easy-angled slabs, steep walls and tufa climbing. El Chorro also has some fantastic multi-pitch climbs which are fully equipped with bolts. It is a great place to go if you would like to try sport climbing for the first time, learn to lead, multi-pitch climb or improve performance through targeted coaching. Many of the crags are a short walk from the accommodation with other venues a short drive away.
the course will cover
Fancy an introduction to sport climbing, leading or just some coaching to help improve your climbing? A low instructor/student ratio will allow us to tailor the course to your specific needs. We can then match up your aspirations and skill level in order to develop your confidence safely.
- Outdoor specific climbing techniques
- Belaying and holding falls (in top roping and lead climbing scenarios)
- Single-pitch top roping and lead climbing
- Personalised coaching
- Developing a positive mind-set
- Rescues and emergency procedures
'I can highly recommend Andy Swann if you're looking for a transition to outdoor sport climbing in a beautiful, sunny part of the world. Andy is an excellent coach and one of the most experienced climbers out there who is also an ex-teacher and climbing wall designer. I went on one of his courses last year as an overweight, ageing ex-climber who had not climbed for 15 years. I came home as an overweight, ageing ex-climber too... However, with Andy's patience and gradual introduction I re-discovered that wonderful bubble of concentration, inner calmness and movement over rock that is climbing at your limit, whatever the grade. Sign up! You won't regret it.' 03/02/16
04-10 / 11-17 November 2017 (if you are interested, but the dates don’t suit, we can run this trip at the same venue (prices may differ). October through to May is the best time to climb in El Chorro and the surrounding crags. Please get in touch to discuss other possible dates or a bespoke course. We have run many successful multi-pitch courses at El Chorro on a 1:2 ratio. Note: 11-17 is now fully booked.
£550 per person (with four clients) includes six nights’ full board accommodation at the Olive Branch, five days’ climbing, use of listed specialist equipment and transfers (provided that all climbers arrive and depart on the same flight or at a similar time).
All specialist equipment (ropes, quick draws, slings, belay devices, helmets, guide books and other climbing hardware) will be provided. You will need to provide your own personal kit.
the olive branch
The Olive Branch is a small family run guesthouse just five minutes from El Chorro village in the Spanish countryside. The rustic property and garden are typical of the area, giving it lots of character and creating a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It is ideally situated within walking distance of the main El Chorro crags. We will be using a self-contained three bedroom guesthouse/bunkhouse with its own bathroom, kitchen, dining and lounge area. We may be able to offer accommodation in a twin ensuite for an additional £15 pp. Facilities include a swimming pool with loungers, a pool table, a communal computer and free Wifi.