Climbs 105
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 300m a.s.l
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Mind the Gap - the Camino del Rey at El Chorro © Dan Arkle

Crag features

The massive defile of El Chorro's signature feature 'The Gorge' is one of Andalucia's most famous landmarks, made all the more significant by the Walkway (or Camino del Rey - King's Path); the narrow man-made walkway that clings to the walls of The Gorge. The Walkway was built in around 1905 to enable access and inspection to the workings in The Gorge and named after the visit of King Alfonso XIII in around 1921. Over the years the Walkway has fallen into disrepair and some sections have disappeared or been removed.

For climbers the Walkway has become one of the great attractions of El Chorro since it offers an atmospheric approach to many of the routes, and adds dizzying exposure to the climbing right from the first move. Despite these attractions, the climbing focus in El Chorro has moved away from The Gorge in recent years and many of the routes are becoming neglected although the best climbs still see ascents, especially in hot weather. The two big multi-pitch classics of Africa and Zeppelin remain as popular as they have ever been.

Approach notes

Follow the road uphill past the El Chorro Refugio and take the first left at a sharp bend. Follow the road past the entrance to the campsite and along the side of the lake until the road turns inland and a huge railway bridge comes in to view - park on the left. Walk up the higher track above the gated road (the gated road leads directly on from the parking) that climbs to a point that overlooks The Gorge entrance, Green Bridge and railway entrance tunnel (this is where the guards are usually positioned). From here, drop down to some tall railings and traverse left on the outside, above a culvert, to where they end. Then go down left of the bridge to a scree slope that leads to the start of the via ferrata. Using this approach avoids the need to cross any of the rail tracks or the Green Bridge). The Walkway can then be used to access all the sectors in The Gorge. It is also possible to pass through The Gorge, drop down and cross the river to access Los Cotos or El Polvorin.

Guidebooks

El Chorro

A full colour guidebook dedicated the area around El Chorro in Andalusia in Spain. Covering the famous Gorge and all the fine crags near the village, plus many superb outlying areas. The book is in the modern Rockfax style with full colour photo topos, descriptions, symbols and maps, plus loads of excellent action shots.
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Does anybody know the situation now that the Camino has been repaired and opened to the public? Is it still possible to climb in the gorge?
Kieran Duncan - 20/Aug/15
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39Lobo de mar
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7a+  
40Moudjaidine
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6c  
41Chupa la gamba
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6c * 
 sector Juaja 
43Enimigo público
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7b+  
44Jauja
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7a+ * 
45E por doquier
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8a+ *1
46Granainos '85
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6b  
47Atlética y llorica
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7b 1
48Una española nunca mea sola
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7b+ **1
 Las Guiris 
50Lefty
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7c  
51Page Maker
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7b+  
52Cangreo
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8c+ * 
53Monsters Forever
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8b * 
 Africa Wall 
55Material belico
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6a * 
56Africa
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6b+ ***19
57La bella y la bestia
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7a+ **2
58Chiripitiglauticos
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6b+ **2
59La dame del viento
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7a ***1
60Cuando se lo diga a mis amigos
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6c+ *1
 Verdonia 
62Verdonia
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5a 2
63Moloko plus6c+ *1
64Enano pagano6c+ *1
65Harte drogadisto
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5c 1
 El Recodo 
67Pixci6b+ 3
68Dixci6c+ 3
69La canastera
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7b+ **2
70Sangre nueva
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7a **6
71Tipo sueca7a ***30
72Caligula (Pitch 1)6c+ **5
73Calígula
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7b+ ***3
74El campista
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7b+ *2
75Musas inquientantes
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8a ***4
76Todos pretenden saber
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6c+ **1
77Los gozas y las sombras
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7a ** 
78King Kong6b+ *5
79Indio Jumeli6c *4
80El Recodo
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6a+ *9
81Six Vicious6b+ *5
82Tu mismo
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7a+ *2
83Sietebe del plumero7b+ *3
84Miss dedos6c+ *3
85Cachito
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6c 2
86Nachito
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6b 2
87Iriquieza
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7c+ **7
88Iriquieza (P1)
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7b+ ***2
89Hari-kiri
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8c+ *** 
90Bon Voyage6c ***10
91Lluvias otoñales5c *3
92Epi y blas
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5c *21
93La musa chica
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6c *8
94Rasta de posta6b+ *7
95Come unas6a+ *14
96Bob Marley
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7c **2
97Los capitalistas
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7c+  
98Rovicunda6b *16
99Haale Bop6a+ *6
100Maestro Golpeador
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6b 1
 Sector Zeppelin 
102Zeppelin6c+ ***79
103Mar de Venus
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8c  
104Shaka zulu
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8b ***1
105Perspectiva neiwski
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8b+ * 
106Gresca gitana
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8a+ ** 
107Camino del Rey2 ***307
108Calvon
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7c 1
109Camino del ReyVF1A 35
110Apache L16b *2
111Cheroki9a  
112Jabega izquierda8b+ *** 
113Polva de Angel8b+ ** 
114Espolón Masai *F6a ***1
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