|4 pitches. A brilliant central line on the impressive left face of the Lower Gorge (Sector Cerro Cristo). Access the Gorge via the usual route to the start of the Camino del Rey. Keep moving down the scree slope till your reach an old via ferrata line just above the high tide mark (fr 4). Use this to access the shiny new Tyrolean traverse that will take you across to the left face of the gorge. P1: fr 5+, move leftwards firstly on via ferrata, then on bolts till you reach a bolted belay below a leftward trending crackline. P2: 40m 5b, Move up the leftward trending crack, then past a possible belay ledge up into a gradually steepening and potentially awkward chimney. P3: 10m 5a, Move up a short corner to a huge vegetated ledge. P4: 50m 6a, Belay on bolts at the top right of the ledge, climb to the base of the huge crack line, access it with difficulty and then move up carefully past some suspect boulders. Launch upwards using a combination of leg jamming, torqueing, hand jamming, and a good helping of blood sweat and tears. Bolted belay at top. Descent: Scramble upwards to easier ground, then follow a contour line leftwards, till you reach easing slopes which lead down to the river bed. Original line has an Aid pitch direct start (A1/5+) to the base of P2, accessed at low tide. |
Photo: Sector Cerro Cristo, Lower Gorge, El Chorro © David Munilla
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