/ Climbing Riglos, Spain
Hi! Im hopefully planning a trip to Riglos in July, what gear would I need for the routes and whats the latest Topo book for it so I can buy it online?
Any advice on the area or other places to climb nearby would be awesome!
There are a couple of guidebooks. I've used both and thought that this one; http://www.climb-europe.com/rockclimbingshop/Riglos-Vertical-Rock-Climbing-Guidebook.html was the better of the 2. Both are in the bar at the refugio and you can take photos of them as necessary.
It will be really hot in July. We went mid March this year and in the sun it was already quite warm, climbing in t'shirts. I wouldn't want to be on those faces in the sun in July. There are some shady sectors around the back of the Pison, but that is not where the best routes are.
Gear wise; it depends on what you're used to and what you intend to climb. For the trad routes double 60m ropes and a full rack. For the multipitch sport routes 20 quickdraws and a either a 70m single or doubles.
There are other groups of towers within a short drive and they apparently have more shady sectors that would be good in the summer.
Edit; Steve Bancroft. Yes, THE Steve Bancroft lives in Riglos and he is always happy to give good local advice of the other areas.
You will cook in July, and after mid morning there is no escape from the heat!
Been there in May & had rainy and cold (miserable) conditions. Been there in late August/early September twice and had mostly good conditions (some rain). Who knows - July might be perfect even if a little warm. If it's really hot, head to Picos de Europa (about an afternoon worth of driving).
I'm afraid I also suspect that July will be a tad warm however here's some inspiration for if you get lucky https://rockaroundtheworld.co.uk/2016/03/26/fiesta-de-los-biceps/
However there are plenty of shady options not too far away which might be more bearable
Las Devotas near Bielsa is one of my all time favourite crags in Spain and less than 2.5 hours from Riglos https://rockaroundtheworld.co.uk/2016/11/04/las-devotas-val-de-cinca/
Closer still is Rodellar (about 1.5hrs) https://rockaroundtheworld.co.uk/2014/11/11/sierra-de-guera/
... and Alquezar https://rockaroundtheworld.co.uk/2016/11/15/alquezar/
Check out the Roca España guidebook for these and plenty of other crags in Aragon (and Catalunya). It's a bit quirky but will generally get you to the crag and identify the routes
VERY HOT!!!, some climbing on the shady side, but only have done single pitch sports routes there. Escalete is relatively close, might be able to escape the sun. Climbed there in September, fiesta del Biceps, etc good updraft to cool you down, Really good Figs for breakfast....
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