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: movement, footwork etc.
Belaying, holding falls and lowering (in top roping and lead climbing scenarios)
Single-pitch top roping and lead climbing
Tactics and strategies for success
Developing a positive mind-set
Rescues and emergency procedures
Following a week with Andy in El Chorro Spain, I would very highly recommend Andy (Climb for life) to anyone from beginners to experts. For me the trip was my first proper induction to sport climbing, making a transition from bouldering. Throughout the week Andy introduced each aspect of sport climbing appropriately at a pace that allowed us to progress quickly and safely finishing up with us confidently leading our own routes. As well as the vast technical knowledge that Andy has to offer in improving performance he also takes a more holistic approach to climbing offering advice and instruction on the psychological and mental aspects of the sport that are so important in making progress. In addition to all of the above Andy is a generally all round great guy and it was a fantastic week!! 16/02/2018
1 - 7 March and 7 - 13 November 2020 (if you are interested, but the dates don’t suit, we can run this trip at the same venue. October through to April 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.
£600 per person (£630 pp for shared ensuite) which 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 £30 pp. Facilities include a swimming pool with loungers, a pool table, a communal computer and free Wifi.