Climbs 66
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 797m a.s.l
Faces S

Tim and Tom on Via Ferrata Monte Ponoch © climbhannahclimb

Crag features

The Ponoch is the massive face of rock that overlooks the town of Polop. It is often stared at in awe and wonder from the motorway, but few people venture onto these extensive walls. The face has many trad routes and a few fully-equipped sport routes on a bigger scale than most in the area. Routes here can be run-out, exposed and affected by significant rockfall from the huge face above - a helmet is essential. 

If you enjoy these, then you could try getting hold of a copy of the local guide to the mountain - Guía de Escalada del Ponoch by Carlos Tudela (1998) which lists over 60 more climbs on these spectacular faces.

For those who like via ferrata, there is a fully equipped and marked one on the right-hand side of the face which is given a grade of VF4A. It is approached from the same parking with information on a sign in the parking area.

The enormous south face of the Ponoch is exposed to any sun that is going - great in the cooler winter months, but desperate in the heat. If there is much of a wind blowing then it will be really wild up here.

Approach notes

From the AP-7, drive towards Polop (signed Callosa d'en Sarrià and Guadalest) you will soon see the large hulk of the Ponoch on your left. After 9km from the exit off the AP-7, by a roundabout with an industrial estate, turn left (signed 'Guadalest') on to the ring-road. At the third roundabout on this road (the one with pine trees in it after 1.5km) turn left into the urbanisation and follow the main road upwards past various turnings to eventually reach a smaller road by a water-channel. Continue up next to this to parking by a large yet discreet green building at the high point of the road. Walk up the dry stream bed then scramble out of the gorge on the right (cairn) and follow a path which zig-zags up the terraced hillside beneath the crag, aiming for an open bay. This is to the left of a pinnacle, whose profile comes into view as you near the base of the crag.

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Spain : Costa Blanca

The 2013 edition of the popular Costa Blanca Rockfax. 456 pages, 3000 routes on over 40 crags. Covers sport climbing and trad climbing from Murcia, through Alicante, Benidorm and Calp, up to crags south of Valencia.
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Many routes have aid sections, so consult guide book!
Tom Phillips - 01/Feb/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Sector Lomo de Leon 
2Aravela
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6b+ ***2
3Fisura Anglada
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6a+ * 
4Escacs
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5c  
5The Jack RipperHVS 5b ** 
 Sector Este 
7Rascayu
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6a *** 
8Espolon de los Ingleses
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5c ** 
9Excalibur
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5a **1
10Arc de Sant Marti
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6b ** 
11Viento del Sur
-
6b+ * 
12Flor de Luna6a+ **6
13Rolling Stones
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6a * 
14Llamando a las Puertas del Cielo
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6b ** 
15Rafael Cebrian
-
6b+ * 
16Pena Negra
-
6a ** 
17Espejismos
-
6a+ ** 
18Eclipse
-
6b  
19Murciana
-
5c  
20Catalunya
-
6a+ *1
21Jordi
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6a * 
 Sector Central 
23Puro Habano
-
6a+ *** 
24Puton Verbenero
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6c+ ** 
25Diversion
-
6a+ ** 
26Carpe Diem
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6b *** 
27Estado Emocional
-
6c+ 2
28Rocinante7b *** 
29Viaje Espacial6a+ **7
30G.E.M
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5a * 
31Gorilas en la Roca6c+ ***8
32Miguel Xirimita
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6c 2
33Jack Daniels6a+ ***3
34Cafe Licor6b+ **1
35Vía Valencianos6a ***14
36Fisura Hermanos Gallego
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6b ** 
 Sector de las Hadas 
38Héroes del silencio6c+ **3
39Leiva
-
6c  
40Cocidito Madrileno6c+ **2
41Tiempo de Silencio
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5c  
42Salvador Allende
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6a * 
43Manzanarea
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6a * 
44Las Hadas
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6a+ *** 
45Albatross
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6a+ ** 
 Torre de Enmedio 
47Collando Sur
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6a+ * 
48Mediterraneo
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5c ** 
49Amistades Peligrosas
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6c ** 
50Payaso
-
6a+  
51Ana Velero
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5c ** 
52Pegasus
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6b ** 
53Deppredator
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6b ** 
54Arista Suroeste
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5c  
 Tozal 
56Espolon Satisfaccion
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5c ** 
57Danza Invisible
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6b *** 
58Tijuana Brass
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6a ** 
59Amancer
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6a ** 
60Lluvia Magnetica
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6a ** 
61Suenos de Verano
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6a ** 
62Las Bicicletas son para el Verano
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7c  
63El Placer de lo Decadente
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7b+ ** 
64De los Gomez
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6a ***1
65Directa
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6a+ *** 
66Cielo e Infierno
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6b *** 
67Cometa Hyakutake
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6b *** 
68Espolon de las Aguilas
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6b ** 
69Noah Sealth o del Indio
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6b ** 
70Via Ferrata Monte PonochVF4A ***48
71Pequeña pero juguetona *
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F6c 1
72Mamantial de medianoche *
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6c+ 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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