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Vall de Guadar (Echo Valley)

Benidorm, SPAIN

Climbs 203 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces SE

Crag features
The Echo Valley is one of the more impressive mountainous limestone regions in the Costa Blanca. Compared to many of the other crags in the Costa Blanca it is relatively unspolit and quiet which makes it a great venue for those who are after a bit of solitude far from the madding crowds. The appearance of the route information in this book, coupled with the improved access roads, is likely to make it a much more popular destination in future. Please try and keep it as unspolit as possible, keep to the paths, take your litter home and respect the local flora and fauna. Much of the climbing traditional requiring hand-placed gear for virtually all of the routes. Many of the harder routes have been climbed using the Environmental Nut Placement system, or ENP. These devices are fixed into drilled holes in the rock and are designed to accept certain wire nuts which are placed in much the same way as you place a nut in a crack. This means that the routes retain their traditional character whilst allowing blank areas of rock to be relatively well-protected for the lead climber.

Guidebooks
Spain : Costa Blanca - Rockfax App (2014), Spain : Costa Blanca (2013),
Out of print: Costa Blanca (2005), Costa Blanca. Mallorca, El Chorro (2001), Costa Blanca. Mallorca, El Chorro (1998), Costa Blanca. Mallorca, El Chorro (1996)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 ARAN DE BASTISTOT  
2Espolón de Echo3 23
3Vía de Polop5c *3
4Through the Looking Glass6a *9
5Capricorn Encounter6a+ *1
6El asesino y redención7a **1
7Hi Flyer6c *1
8Secundo Veces6c+ *5
9Stone Roses7b **9
10Bastistot Route Four7b ***1
11Chilling Out8a * 
12Bastistot Route Six8a *** 
13The Assassin7a *1
14Spanish Gold7a **14
15Chorizo man7a *1
16Long Stretch Left7c *** 
17The Long Stretch6b *3
18Velcro Man7a+ *1
19The Dawning6b+ **10
20Trafico de Influencia7a+ **4
21The Chimney6c 1
22Indigo8a ** 
23Millenium8a  
24Death Pulse8a+ (E9) ** 
25Asteroid Storm7a+ ** 
26Andromeda L16b+ **1
27Andromeda7a **2
28Shelter8a **1
29Super 'G'7b+ ***1
30Iratika7c+ ** 
31Path of Excess Power7c **6
32Mad Dog7a+ *** 
33Batistot Twenty Four7a  
34Gloria L16a+ *5
35Gloria Right6a+ *1
36Dream Maker6b *6
37Dream Maker Right6c+ *9
38La gloria escondida7a+ **4
39Enigma del puerco7a *** 
40Diedro Edwards6b **8
41Voyage to Orion6c+ ** 
42The Silent Sleeper5a **10
43Sea of Dreams6a+ *1
44The Sickle6a+  
45Cumple años 61st.6b *1
 PLACA INMACULADA  
47Diedro de Naranja6b ***5
48The Prayer to the Raven and the Crow8a ***1
49Solstice8a (E8) *** 
50Naranja Directa7a * 
51Going Nuts7b *** 
52Midnight Runner7a+ **1
53Children of Laughter7a+ **1
54Espolón Encantada5a *23
55Vía los palmeras5c *3
56The Visionary8a (E8) *** 
57Dust to Victory7a * 
58Rock Dancer 26a ***28
59Taurus6a **3
60Kfour6c * 
61Yes to Dance6b+ * 
 ECHO 1.5  
63Romero's Birthday4a *38
64Espolon Alderlon4a *55
65Marian Jones6a *32
66Sin chapa6a+ *15
67Phalanges5c **74
68Central6b **32
69Synovial5a *57
70Tony's Route5c *34
71Sesamoid4c *30
72Flake Drum4c 80
73Bicton itc 084a 70
74Aero4a 81
75Zac-e-than5a *117
76Made in Exmouth6a+ *109
77There Ain't No Party Like A "Tea Party" Party3 3
78X.M.A.S.6a *155
79Regalo por Ali5a **161
80Phantom5c *143
81Shield3+ *95
82Christmas Is Awesome6a 3
83Fat Boy3 91
84Live Wire3 *80
85Pro-wire3 73
86Bad Biscuits4c 1
87Am I bothered?5a 1
88Luke's a Big Bumblebee5a 2
 EL CASTELLET  
90Maiane6b *40
91Chapa Pallá6b+ 25
92Buho6a *84
93Buho Variant7b+ *9
94Bitman7a+ *6
95Papel de Lija7b *10
96Patas de pollo6b+ *48
97Anarkia y birra fría6c *58
98Edwards el colonialista6a+ *75
99Salsika timbanki7b 22
100Llagrimes de pedra8a  
101La Paella7a+ **19
102El puchero de m'aula5c **96
103El minxto6a *87
104New Route 16a+ 1
105New Route 26b+ *1
106New Route 35c *1
107New Route 46a *1
 Climb nameGradex
108New Route 56a+ *1
109Che, pero com, pero qui6a+ *48
110Soplamela6b *36
111La saga de los coletas7a *23
112Cervezas y porros7a+ **33
113Waka Plaka7a *17
114Tarzan7a+ *17
115Lagartija Sai6c *17
1165th Marcha Directa6c *39
117El pas de la Forella6a *54
118Cuarto d'Aseo4c *52
119Avispilla5c **45
120Sabine bonsai6b **35
121Avispofobia7a 2
122La abeja mayi6c *3
123Bretaña no es España6c *8
124Diagonal Vertical6b *2
125Autopista parabólica6a *9
126Lagarto5a * 
127Little Bootie4a *37
128Big Bootie4a 30
129Árbol directo4c *19
130Domingo negra6a+ *7
131Vino tinto6b * 
132Salir por encima6b+ **6
133Strongbody6a *5
134The Wasp4c *48
135Mosca3 20
136Mosca derecha3 14
137Mosca directa4a *24
138Scorpion4c *60
139A Game of Two Halves6a ***1
140The October Sessions7b+ ** 
141Revelation7b * 
142All aboard!7c ** 
143Wasp Route Ten7a+ ** 
144The Cut6b * 
145Cosmic Messenger6a+ *1
146Force of Nature7c * 
147The Edwards-Lee Pillar6a *1
148The Mark of Zorro6b * 
 PARET DEL CASTELLET - THE BAY  
150Mistaken Identity5a 3
151Vía Carob6b+ * 
152Cracks for Angels6b * 
153The Pod6b+ * 
154Prophesy8a ** 
155Pictures of Perfection5a *5
156Rock Factory6a+  
 PARET DEL CASTELLET  
158Diamond Solitaire6a 4
159Diedro Edwards6a+ 4
160Movimiento mágico6a+ **7
161The Wizard6b  
162El murciélago6a **11
163St Valentine's6b+ * 
164Initiation5c *2
165Second Blood5c *5
166Rough-Rider6c *1
167Deception6a **10
168Vía Diagonal5c 5
169Design and Form6a  
170Rincón de Placa4c **32
171Vía Esther4c **88
 PARET DE LA BASSA  
173MexicanoS 4a 2
174Joaquin4c *159
175Er nu5c 143
176Pituland6a *123
177Monudos zone5c *135
178El pilar6a+ *78
179Basillus5c **174
180Follaora5a *169
181Coco6a+ **62
182Clitoris salrane6a *67
183Playboy6a *5
184Arandelon6a *49
185Tas kedao sin birra6a *81
186Tris Tras Trus6a *78
187Torre6a *29
 CRAG X  
189Boquete3+ *10
190The Lekkerkerkerker3+ *11
191Por encima de todo4a *10
192Derecho surco6a *5
193Pass the Dutchy6a *1
194Boquete Dos6c **3
195The Hock6c *2
196Tomado de Chris6b *2
 AGUDO  
198Agudo6b 2
199Chimenea Central5a  
200Right Arete5a *4
 WHERE ARE THESE???  
202Casta Blanca *4c 3
203Sentinel *4c *8
 ROUTES ADDED FROM ROCKFAX BOOK  
205Espolón Izquierda4c * 
206Er maki5c  
207Monudos zone5c * 
208Basillus5c ** 
209Follaora5a * 
210Clitoris salrane6a * 
211Arandelon6a * 
212Tas kedao sin birra5c * 
213Tris Tras Trus6a * 
214St Valentine's6b+ * 
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Visited the sector2 (top car park) 02/01/2014 and tried several routes. Left confused, dissapointed but intrigued. There's some good climbing here, but route definition is poor, whether by topography or grade. Did 2 combos of Gloria / Dreammaker which didn't fit the topo description.
LeeWood - 04/Jan/14

Just back from an afternoon at 'Crag X' as detailed in the Rockfax guide. Warmed up on the 3+'s (not done many this trip as usually they're uninterestingly easy). These required quite a bit of thought and very hard for the grade. Moved onto the 4 just to the left (por encima de todo), this was about the same difficulty and all 3 climbs felt 4+ Then tried 'Pass the Dutchy' 6a - yes I should have known better given the very steep and blank look of the rock on this one. The first 5 metres or so give steady climbing at the grade and bolts always nearby. The move by the 3rd bolt felt absolutely desperate and after many attempts and a few little falls my arms were so wasted I had to call it a day and retreat. The step up seems to be a high rock over with ok handholds at foot level but a blank wall above. Maybe I was missing something. Certainly didn't feel like 6a. Fingers no stinging lots from the super sharp rock. We finished with 'Right arete' 5 - this is on the massive boulder below the main crag. Good, steep climbing until the final moves where it all gets very loose feeling. Neither of us was willing to commit to the top moves for fear of bringing down loads of rock so bailed on this too. Shame as the rest of this route is really good.
A Mountain Journey - 27/Dec/13

There're five new routes in Castillo Lower area; they are located beetwen routes "El Minxto" and "Che, pero com, pero qui"... From left to right I felt like... 1.- 6a+, 17m 2.- 6b/+, 20m 3.- 5b, 20m 4.- 5c, 15m 5.- 6a, 15m If somebody knows please share info Tnks
Biggo - 01/Dec/13

Hi MelH, I wonder, if you really love climbing, or if you really know what you are talking about? I think the answer is NO. The spot is pretty, quiet, wild sights and walls, many routes near the car, do you need more?...climbing is much more than the grade of the routes...don't you... if the grades seems you hard, work and train harder... in fact, the grades of this crag, are well known hereabouts, like mild at the grade in mostly of the routes, so don't cry and fight.
Biggo - 28/Mar/12

Echo Playa should be renamed Echo Sandbag. Almost every route we tried (apart from the grade 4+ felt hard for the grade)
MelH - 05/Apr/11

Echo Playa - Route names on rock don't match Rockfax guide. Good place to hide form sun and nice routes.
krikoman - 12/Oct/09