Rockfax Description
The superb and photogenic Arete. It is probably 6c+ if you climb direct past the second bolt although most folks go right here. © Rockfax

FA. Jens Muenchberg 1990s 1995

Ticklists: Costa Blanca in a Week Tick List, Costa Blanca "Must Do" routes, ROCKFAX Costa Blanca: Top 50.

Garnham 10/Jan Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Jan Lead β
Private Flounder 10/Jan TR
burto 04/Jan Lead
Hidden 02/Jan Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Dec/16 Lead O/S
Wendy Watthews 28/Dec/16 Lead O/S

With QuickDraw in, first route in Spain

with Beni
beni 28/Dec/16 Lead
Hidden 21/Dec/16 Lead dnf
Hidden 21/Dec/16 TR
Caitlin 21/Dec/16 TR β
Robs_Uren 21/Dec/16 TR RP
with Iain, Caitlin, Mike Spooner
harrybeadle 20/Dec/16 Lead dnf
Phil 20/Dec/16 Lead β
Cara 20/Dec/16 2nd dnf
jezb1 13/Dec/16 Lead

Pretty good

David Stevens 05/Dec/16 Lead O/S
pauldrew 01/Dec/16 Lead
with Andy Brown, Stewart Leitch
ssutton 18/Nov/16 Lead dog

Falls and rests sums it up

with martin one, Adam
martin one 18/Nov/16 Lead dnf
with ssutton, Adam C
chancer 12/Oct/16 TR RP
oodie72 12/Oct/16 Lead O/S
hotfeet 12/Oct/16 -

Front cover route..

Jack Shewring 05/May/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/16 -
farmerwad ?/May/16 2nd
with S.O.C., Harry
samparsons 19/Apr/16 Lead O/S
M_Robinson 07/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Ian Robinson
Hidden 01/Apr/16 TR O/S
Widda 27/Mar/16 TR dnf

Started working this one then had to retreat for daylight - great route until then.

chris_woodsy 27/Mar/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/16 Lead O/S
readymaker 26/Mar/16 Lead O/S

excellent, technical route. easier than expected, only one difficult move to the left.

5eamuz 15/Mar/16 TR dog
with Kevin McGee
GOS 15/Mar/16 Lead β

Moved right at bolt 2; for me crux was bolts 3-4 (move left). Eases after bolt 6

with Kevin McGee, Geoff Thomas, 5eamuz
mikedevcole 01/Mar/16 Lead β
s0458892 01/Mar/16 Lead O/S

One star for me, bit rubbish. Serious calf pump. Only done for the guidebook shot

centurion05 29/Feb/16 Lead O/S
with Yvonne
garyryan86 10/Feb/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Feb/16 Lead O/S
Mozer 20/Jan/16 Lead O/S
manbat 16/Jan/16 Lead β

Worth its three stars. Consistently thoughtful and techy climbing.

Abi Chard 02/Jan/16 Lead rpt
with Ian
kennythescot ?/Jan/16 Lead β
with Luke Robinson
Theo Moore - UKC and UKH ??/2016 Lead β
Hidden ??/2016 -
L.miura 30/Dec/15 Lead β

Very nice moves. Awesome!

with Charles Moreton
Pete Wimbush 30/Dec/15 Lead O/S
with Wendy Crossland
Rachel S 28/Dec/15 Lead O/S
with Bern
DavidR 28/Dec/15 Lead
MikeLeeds 28/Dec/15 Lead O/S
BernNolan 28/Dec/15 TR dnf

I'll be back

with Rachel
Hidden 28/Dec/15 Lead O/S
Shaw Brown 28/Dec/15 Lead

Fluffed the step left and took a fall, OK after that.

foostu4 26/Dec/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Dec/15 -
Hidden 26/Dec/15 TR dog
eel 24/Dec/15 Lead O/S
with Will
gav 21/Dec/15 Lead O/S

Bit wobbly at times, but got there in the end.

with Graham
redshapedfriday 21/Dec/15 Lead O/S
with gav
Hidden 20/Dec/15 Lead
Steven Carter 17/Dec/15 Lead rpt
the power 15/Dec/15 Lead dnf

Panicked and shit myself

sopaz 15/Dec/15 Lead

Cheated (stood on a bolt when gripped). Still awesome.

with Palmer
admackie 15/Dec/15 Lead
Justin Shiels 14/Dec/15 Lead
Hidden 20/Nov/15 Lead β
Montecore 08/Nov/15 Lead dog

Too tired to do it clean

cem 08/Nov/15 Lead rpt

To all intents and purposes an onsight since I last led it 14 years ago.

Hidden 08/Nov/15 Lead dnf
Jackislav 05/Nov/15 Lead O/S
hfotheri 04/Nov/15 Lead O/S
with rikki
bencole 31/Oct/15 Lead O/S

Really nice line and good to tick this classic.

with Dad
danusiatycia 22/Oct/15 TR
wyzfen 22/Oct/15 Lead dog
with Dana
Lanchester 11/Sep/15 -
Hidden 09/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Apr/15 TR rpt
Simon Rackley ?/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with andy barnes
Stoney Boy 22/Mar/15 Lead RP

Cold and wet

with Nick Conway
Nickc 22/Mar/15 Lead O/S
freemanTom 17/Mar/15 Lead dog

Jumped straight on it and went right instead of left around crux. Nice route

Curly Rich 17/Mar/15 Lead dnf
with gmc
Curly Rich 17/Mar/15 TR β
with gmc
Hidden 17/Mar/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Mar/15 TR
Hidden 10/Mar/15 2nd dog
duzinga 10/Mar/15 Lead O/S
with MTV, Omer
martintv 10/Mar/15 TR dnf

Got a bit above 2nd bolt

georgenvk 08/Mar/15 Lead dog
Becks87 07/Mar/15 TR dnf
atom 07/Mar/15 TR O/S
Hidden 28/Feb/15 Lead
Hidden 11/Jan/15 Lead RP
Hidden 05/Jan/15 Lead β
Trisha Murphy 02/Jan/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jan/15 Lead O/S
eel 31/Dec/14 Lead O/S
with Gwen
MichaelGallimore 31/Dec/14 Lead dog
with Ben Philips
MichaelGallimore 31/Dec/14 2nd
MichaelGallimore 31/Dec/14 2nd
ben.phillips 31/Dec/14 Lead
LeeWood 26/Dec/14 Lead

3-star photogenics but the moves are memorable for the wrong reasons; until you hit those jugs nr the top !!

Hidden 21/Dec/14 -
benka 20/Dec/14 Lead O/S
with steve h
breed 18/Dec/14 Lead O/S
argybargy 22/Nov/14 TR dog
Peter Lovell 06/Nov/14 Lead β
Jonny Nick 01/Nov/14 Lead O/S


leglesslizard ?/Nov/14 Lead O/S
Tala M 31/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Oct/14 Lead dog
Valentino 19/Oct/14 Lead dnf
with Jay
HumphreyJ20 19/Oct/14 Lead
Hidden 14/Oct/14 TR dog
Hidden 14/Oct/14 Lead β
Rockmonkey1977 01/Oct/14 Lead O/S

A very nervy route but I don't like slabs! Not sure its a top 50 route but worth it for the iconic photos...

leeds_belle 22/May/14 Lead dog


with Will
spidermonkey09 20/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/14 Lead dog
Jack93 20/Apr/14 Lead O/S
miles155 09/Apr/14 -
with Jack/Rowan
RBonney 09/Apr/14 Lead O/S
jackappleby 09/Apr/14 Lead β
with Milo, Rowan
Hidden 02/Apr/14 Lead O/S
scott gibson ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S

brilliant climbing.

with graeme read
JHC 29/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Sam Watson 29/Mar/14 Lead

Foot slipped on crux as didn't go far enough left to find a better placement. Awesome slab climbing.

mrteale 06/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Oliver Branagan 05/Mar/14 Lead RP

Blew the onsight, the cruxy area was completely not my style. Had mega issues trusting the footholds while using the smaller hand holds on the slabbly angle. Felt quite hard to put the clips up too, didn't realize it traversed quite as left as it does. Got back on it for the stars, still pushy for me.

Tony Holdsworth 05/Mar/14 Lead dnf

I've never been good on little holds

with Mick Radford
Mick r 05/Mar/14 Lead β

great route, bit of beta from Olli

Reedymc 05/Mar/14 Lead dog

rested at crux but should of just gone for it. but we all ways say that right

Mackinclimb 03/Mar/14 Lead O/S
jwpil 22/Feb/14 Lead O/S
with Ben
elyben 16/Feb/14 Lead
Justin T 19/Jan/14 Lead dog
with Nancy
keefe 06/Jan/14 Lead O/S
ben.phillips ??/2014 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2014 Lead dnf
ASchwirtz 31/Dec/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Dec/13 2nd dog
Hidden 31/Dec/13 Lead β
Mike_Hayes 28/Dec/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Dec/13 2nd dog
John Pickles 19/Dec/13 2nd O/S
Chris wilson 07/Nov/13 TR
with Paul
Abi Chard 14/Apr/13 Lead β
with Ian
geoff.comley 08/Apr/13 Lead dnf

Can't climb here!? After being to sella and toix it seemed a completely different rock type and couldn't get on with it. Had a go at this iconic route any way and f#cked it up :( head was boxed as the clips seemed a long way apart? Awesome route to where I got to though

Hidden 05/Apr/13 Lead O/S
paul__in_sheffield 03/Apr/13 -
with Beanie
IceBun 02/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Wilson
Decmorris 27/Mar/13 Lead dog
monkeymyster 27/Mar/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Dec/12 Lead dog
TiffTiff 21/Dec/12 Lead RP
with Jo Davison, Andy W
andrew549 18/Dec/12 Lead β
Albachoss 18/Dec/12 Lead O/S


with Ben
nimajneb 18/Dec/12 2nd
DaveTrain 12/Dec/12 Lead RP
MartyJ ?/Dec/12 Lead O/S
Saurus ?/Dec/12 Lead RP

Lovely Jubbly, delicate face climbing with a pleasant airy finish on large holds.

Jim Brownlow 25/Oct/12 2nd
jon_gill1 11/Oct/12 Lead O/S

really nice balance technical route!well bolted

with ross garfoot
Hidden 28/Apr/12 Lead β
mdg skidmore 28/Apr/12 TR dog
with joe penfold, clive dean
domskezz 17/Apr/12 Lead O/S


with Jamma
Hidden ?/Apr/12 -
Shaw Brown 28/Mar/12 Lead
Hidden 21/Mar/12 TR dog
Seymore Butt ?/Mar/12 -
Hidden ?/Mar/12 2nd dog
tim newton 08/Jan/12 Lead O/S
with dan ely
Jonathan Emett 08/Jan/12 Lead RP

2nd go

with tim
elCapitano 23/Dec/11 Lead O/S
with Coatesy
Biggo 06/Dec/11 Lead O/S

I climbed direct on 6c,really worth this one,mitic,excellent,and awesome photos

with Berta
Dave Rumney 24/Nov/11 Lead


with Tanya Milner
Alan James - UKC and UKH 11/Oct/11 Lead

As brilliant as ever.

with Paul Cox
LisaA 28/Apr/11 Lead O/S


with Gary, Andy
bigdrew 28/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Garry, Lisa
Chriswallis2 27/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Anna
krasavenko 05/Apr/11 Lead dog


with Clement
Liam Ingram 05/Apr/11 Lead RP
THardSevere 05/Apr/11 Lead dog

amazing climb. having failed to onsight even a 6a all week I just decided to go for it. slipped at the crux once but got it the second time. getting to the jug was such an awesome feeling

Trevera 05/Apr/11 Lead
Hidden 05/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Apr/11 TR O/S
Andy Moles 04/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Phil, Ferdia
ferdia 04/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Phil, Andy
Hidden 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Andrew1 26/Mar/11 Lead
design crisis 17/Mar/11 Lead dog
with Tom W
JPGR 23/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Robin Head 06/Jan/11 Lead dog
with Amy, Joe Premier
Hidden 06/Jan/11 2nd dog
Amy Horton 06/Jan/11 Lead
Hidden 06/Jan/11 Lead O/S
tomhennigan 06/Jan/11 Lead RP

Tried the Direct (6c+) version initially, after getting truely pumped, decided to try again on the 6b+.

dswansonlow 02/Jan/11 Lead O/S
with sarp
JonBrown 02/Jan/11 Lead O/S
khmhau 02/Jan/11 Lead
with Keith Jackson
owb106 02/Jan/11 Lead dog
with Tom Downes
John Tanner 02/Jan/11 2nd O/S
Ollie Rattue ??/2011 Lead dog

Took one fall early on and blew onsight.

Adam_42 30/Dec/10 Lead dog

Bit too tired to get this clean at the end of the day. Still, I got that all important photo.

Hidden 28/Dec/10 Lead
timreynolds 02/Dec/10 Lead
A Downing 26/Apr/10 Lead dnf
with Ben Monkton
MDowson 18/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with duncan carr
j0shwyatt000 18/Apr/10 Lead dog
Shaw Brown 18/Apr/10 Lead

Failed the onsite, 1 rest. Fantastic route.

with Earl Gray Larty
Hidden 18/Apr/10 Lead
Hidden 18/Apr/10 Lead
Ian JL 14/Apr/10 Lead O/S
BicepAndrews 04/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Caspian Johnson 04/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Dan_Carroll 31/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with Iain and Rich
Ahab ?/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Seb 26/Feb/10 -
Hidden ?/Feb/10 TR β
seeroo 16/Jan/10 2nd dog
with Scone
gjd 28/Oct/09 Lead dog

1 fall. Great route. Not actually as blank as it looks.

with mary stewart, Jim at Craigdhu
Vince 07/May/09 TR β
with Laszlo
hellboundblr 04/May/09 2nd dog

2 rests.

sdht ?/May/09 Lead O/S
with Danny Smudge
K Wall 18/Feb/09 2nd
with Luis
Dave Reeve 04/Feb/09 Lead O/S
with Steve Hordley
funsized ?/Dec/08 Lead β

Had no desire to lead it, however my partner pulled the rop through 'accidentally'. Pretty glad he did really, super climb.

RCrockford 23/Nov/08 Lead dog
with Andy G, Andy C
dan gibson 17/Nov/08 Lead O/S
with sam read
Hidden 05/Apr/08 Lead dnf
hash 10/Mar/08 Lead dog
with DafSWMC
DafSWMC 10/Mar/08 Lead O/S
with Hash
will9911 ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S

Nice route, with a nice view plenty of large holds to stop on and take a look down towards the penon. 6b max

with erin
MikeLeeds 31/Dec/07 Lead dog

2 rests

with Dave Clark
DavidR 30/Dec/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Dec/07 Lead rpt
Sankey 18/Dec/07 Lead dnf

Bottled it at step left near forth bolt

with Luke and Tom
jh5638 16/Dec/07 2nd O/S
with Ian Gould
thebigfriendlymoose ?/Dec/07 Lead O/S
Katya 04/Nov/07 TR O/S

Amazing! Staying low for the move to the left is best. Rockover is hard!

James Prowse ?/Nov/07 Lead O/S
with Mandy Ponton
nige pacer ?/Nov/07 Lead dog
Hidden ?/Oct/07 Lead dnf
tskelhon ?/Apr/07 Lead β
Hidden 24/Mar/07 TR dog
just one more 24/Mar/07 Lead
with Svenn G, Phil K
skolvikking ?/Mar/07 Lead
Hidden ?/Mar/07 -
Hidden 10/Feb/07 Lead
pottsworth ??/2007 -


with Kat
Hidden 03/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/06 Lead dog
Gavin H ?/Mar/06 Lead O/S

... and again 17/03/15, for more photos :-)

with Nick from High Borrans
Hidden 08/Feb/06 Lead dog
TiffTiff 01/Jan/06 TR dog
Hidden ??/2006 -
Stig 22/Oct/05 Lead dnf
with Horace
Bux ?/Mar/05 Lead O/S
with Lewis
Hidden 30/Jan/05 Lead rpt
Phil West 13/Sep/04 Lead dnf

Lowered from 4th bolt.

with Shaun Walby
Hidden ?/Jul/04 TR dnf
whispering nic ?/Apr/04 -
with The Wife
Kyuzo ?/Mar/04 Lead O/S
with Bernard Lam
Hidden ?/Mar/04 Lead O/S
Roget ??/2004 Lead O/S
with jon
Hidden 22/Apr/03 Lead dnf
Leofallon 20/Oct/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Nov/01 Lead O/S
cem 27/Nov/01 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Nov/01 Lead
Dave Musgrove ?/Jan/01 Lead O/S
with Steve Coates, Brian Middleton
Hidden ?/Dec/00 Lead RP
Hidden 31/Oct/00 Lead
Hidden ?/Oct/00 Lead O/S
Simon Caldwell 01/Feb/00 TR dnf
with Ian and Mike
chrishedgehog ?/Jan/00 Lead O/S
with Dan Bailey, Clare Wilkie
Marti999 ??/2000 Lead
Paul Clarke ??/2000 -
Hidden ?/Mar/99 Lead O/S
Mark Riley 05/Feb/99 Lead O/S
uphillnow ?/Jan/99 Lead
with chris boulton
Hidden 21/Dec/98 Lead rpt
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead
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