Climbs 67
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 797m a.s.l
Faces S

Clare on the nicely exposed Via Ferrata Monte Ponoch, Costa Blanca © ChrisJD

Crag features

The Ponoch is the massive face of rock that overlooks the town of Polop. It is often stared at in awe and wonder from the motorway, but few people venture onto these extensive walls. The face has many trad routes and a few fully-equipped sport routes on a bigger scale than most in the area. Routes here can be run-out, exposed and affected by significant rockfall from the huge face above - a helmet is essential. 

If you enjoy these, then you could try getting hold of a copy of the local guide to the mountain - Guía de Escalada del Ponoch by Carlos Tudela (1998) which lists over 60 more climbs on these spectacular faces.

For those who like via ferrata, there is a fully equipped and marked one on the right-hand side of the face which is given a grade of VF4A. It is approached from the same parking with information on a sign in the parking area.

The enormous south face of the Ponoch is exposed to any sun that is going - great in the cooler winter months, but desperate in the heat. If there is much of a wind blowing then it will be really wild up here.

Approach notes

From the AP-7, drive towards Polop (signed Callosa d'en Sarrià and Guadalest) you will soon see the large hulk of the Ponoch on your left. After 9km from the exit off the AP-7, by a roundabout with an industrial estate, turn left (signed 'Guadalest') on to the ring-road. At the third roundabout on this road (the one with pine trees in it after 1.5km) turn left into the urbanisation and follow the main road upwards past various turnings to eventually reach a smaller road by a water-channel. Continue up next to this to parking by a large yet discreet green building at the high point of the road. Walk up the dry stream bed then scramble out of the gorge on the right (cairn) and follow a path which zig-zags up the terraced hillside beneath the crag, aiming for an open bay. This is to the left of a pinnacle, whose profile comes into view as you near the base of the crag.

Restricted Access

The Via Ferrata is currently closed until further notice due to the cable being deemed unsafe.

Rockfax App

Available in the Rockfax App

The Rockfax App brings together all the Rockfax climbing information with UKC logbooks and presents it into a user-friendly package for use on Apple iOS devices (Android version to follow).


Guidebooks

Spain : Costa Blanca

The 2013 edition of the popular Costa Blanca Rockfax. 456 pages, 3000 routes on over 40 crags. Covers sport climbing and trad climbing from Murcia, through Alicante, Benidorm and Calp, up to crags south of Valencia.
More info
Many routes have aid sections, so consult guide book!
Tom Phillips - 01/Feb/09
Login as Existing User to add your comments

Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Sector Lomo de Leon
2 Aravela
-
6b+ *** 2
3 Fisura Anglada
-
6a+ *  
4 Escacs
-
5c  
5 The Jack Ripper HVS 5b **  
  Sector Este
7 Rascayu
-
6a ***  
8 Espolon de los Ingleses
-
5c **  
9 Excalibur
-
5a ** 1
10 Arc de Sant Marti
-
6b **  
11 Viento del Sur
-
6b+ *  
12 Flor de Luna 6a+ ** 6
13 Rolling Stones
-
6a *  
14 Llamando a las Puertas del Cielo
-
6b **  
15 Rafael Cebrian
-
6b+ *  
16 Pena Negra
-
6a **  
17 Espejismos
-
6a+ **  
18 Eclipse
-
6b  
19 Murciana
-
5c  
20 Catalunya
-
6a+ * 1
21 Jordi
-
6a *  
  Sector Central
23 Puro Habano
-
6a+ ***  
24 Puton Verbenero
-
6c+ **  
25 Diversion
-
6a+ **  
26 Carpe Diem
-
6b ***  
27 Estado Emocional
-
6c+ 2
28 Rocinante 7b ***  
29 Viaje Espacial 6a+ ** 8
30 G.E.M
-
5a *  
31 Gorilas en la Roca 6c+ *** 9
32 Miguel Xirimita
-
6c 2
33 Jack Daniels 6a+ *** 3
34 Cafe Licor 6b+ ** 1
35 Vía Valencianos 6a *** 39
36 Fisura Hermanos Gallego
-
6b **  
  Sector de las Hadas
38 Héroes del silencio 6c+ ** 3
39 Leiva
-
6c  
40 Cocidito Madrileno 6c+ ** 2
41 Tiempo de Silencio
-
5c  
42 Salvador Allende
-
6a *  
43 Manzanarea
-
6a *  
44 Las Hadas
-
6a+ ***  
45 Albatross
-
6a+ **  
  Torre de Enmedio
47 Collando Sur
-
6a+ *  
48 Mediterraneo
-
5c **  
49 Amistades Peligrosas
-
6c **  
50 Payaso
-
6a+  
51 Ana Velero
-
5c **  
52 Pegasus
-
6b **  
53 Deppredator
-
6b **  
54 Arista Suroeste
-
5c  
  Tozal
56 Espolon Satisfaccion
-
5c **  
57 Danza Invisible
-
6b ***  
58 Tijuana Brass
-
6a **  
59 Amancer
-
6a **  
60 Lluvia Magnetica
-
6a **  
61 Suenos de Verano
-
6a **  
62 Las Bicicletas son para el Verano
-
7c  
63 El Placer de lo Decadente
-
7b+ **  
64 De los Gomez
-
6a *** 1
65 Directa
-
6a+ ***  
66 Cielo e Infierno
-
6b ***  
67 Cometa Hyakutake
-
6b ***  
68 Espolon de las Aguilas
-
6b **  
69 Noah Sealth o del Indio
-
6b **  
70 Via Ferrata Monte Ponoch VF4A *** 52
71 Pequeña pero juguetona *
-
6c 1
72 Mamantial de medianoche *
-
6c+ 1
73 Alice Inside the Looking Glass *
-
6a 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

Moderator Updates to this page are checked by UKC volunteer Tom Phillips