Catalunya is widely recognized as one of the finest sport-climbing destinations anywhere on earth, with brilliant crags set amongst some of the wildest scenery in Western Europe.
However, the cliffs of its most westerly province, Lleida, have not yet received the attention they deserve, especially when compared to those in other parts of the region, such as Montserrat near Barcelona, and Siurana, Margalef and Monsant in the Costa Daurada.
This new selective guidebook aims to remedy that by offering nearly 2,000 sport-climbs spread across 21 different zones, and featuring everything from sandstone bouldering, and desperately hard single pitch routes on world-famous cliffs like Oliana, Terradets and Santa Linya, to stunning, bolt-protected, multi-pitch expeditions in the magnificent limestone gorges of Montsec and on the Granite of the Catalan Pyrenees.
Though renowned as a playground for the world’s elite activists, Lleida also offers a wealth of fantastic middle-grade rock, and thanks to the variety of orientations and altitude of its many different sectors, climbing here is a year-round activity. Come and see what the all the fuss is about!
A5; 332 pages; 21 zones; 1,900+ sport-climbs from 10-250 metres and between IV and 9b (French grades), + Bouldering.
Zones covered: Camarasa, Sant Llorenç de Montgai, Cubells, Alòs de Balaguer, La Pauta, Santa Ana, Os de Balaguer, Tartareu, Santa Linya, Àger, Terradets, Vilanova de Meià, Abella de la Conca, Collegats, Oliana, Coll de Nargó, Perles, Tres Ponts, Cavallers, Cova de Juncosa, El Cogul.
Text: English, Catalan & Castilian.
Available in the UK from Cordee, October 2010. Price to be announced.
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC: Looks awesome. For a moment I thought it was a new rockfax publication but that would be unlikely. From the screenshot it looks like while the rolls are nice they follow the usual euro style of neglecting any route description or mention of FA'ers.