Climbs 106
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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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Rayito de luna E3 5c *** 5
  Pasarela de los Venenos
3 Diedro de Hercules
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6b+ 1
4 Luz verde
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7b * 1
5 La cupla la tiene el bar de Isabel
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7a 3
6 Fruto prohibido
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8b  
7 Valla plan
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6c+ 1
8 Arco de Goliath
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7c+ ***  
9 Ace ventura
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8a *** 9
10 El ultimo rayo del sol 7a+ ** 30
11 Ventura con dos tacones
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7b+ * 1
12 Ventura con bragus mojadas
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7a * 5
13 Aixa matinae 7c 1
14 Les cutres 6b+ * 3
15 Demócratos y christianos 7a+ * 2
16 No seas pesada nena 6c+ * 6
17 Camino Shuffle 7b * 4
  Los Venenos
19 El techito del pirata
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6a * 7
20 La ampola 6a * 1
21 Octopus dei
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6c * 6
22 Victima de la evidence
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6a * 1
23 Empotrador atómico
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5c * 1
24 Zapatillas jebe
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7a *  
  Santimonia
26 Ventana en el tropico
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7a+  
27 Camino sin ander
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6a+  
28 Sendero luminoso 6b 1
29 Polva de angel
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?  
30 Apache
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7a+ ** 2
31 Hartelo
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7b ** 3
32 Sangre latina 6c ** 2
33 La tregua del pedal
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7c+ ** 1
34 Santimonia 6c+ ** 9
35 Desos de domino 7a+ ** 4
36 Jabega 7b+ 1
37 Moco de hierro 6c 6
38 Libertad de movimiento
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7a+  
39 Lobo de mar
-
7a+  
40 Moudjaidine
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6c  
41 Chupa la gamba
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6c *  
  sector Juaja
43 Enimigo público
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7b+  
44 Jauja
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7a+ *  
45 E por doquier
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8a+ * 1
46 Granainos '85
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6b  
47 Atlética y llorica
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7b 1
48 Una española nunca mea sola
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7b+ ** 1
  Las Guiris
50 Lefty
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7c  
51 Page Maker
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7b+  
52 Cangreo
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8c+ *  
53 Monsters Forever
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8b *  
  Africa Wall
55 Material belico
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6a * 1
56 Africa
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6b+ *** 24
57 La bella y la bestia
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7a+ ** 3
58 Chiripitiglauticos
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6b+ ** 2
59 La dame del viento
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7a *** 1
60 Cuando se lo diga a mis amigos
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6c+ * 1
  Verdonia
62 Verdonia
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5a 2
63 Moloko plus 6c+ * 1
64 Enano pagano 6c+ * 1
65 Harte drogadisto
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5c 1
  El Recodo
67 Pixci 6b+ 3
68 Dixci 6c+ 3
69 La canastera
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7b+ ** 2
70 Sangre nueva
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7a ** 6
71 Tipo sueca 7a *** 31
72 Caligula (Pitch 1) 6c+ ** 6
73 Calígula
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7b+ *** 3
74 El campista
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7b+ * 2
75 Musas inquientantes
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8a *** 4
76 Todos pretenden saber
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6c+ ** 1
77 Los gozas y las sombras
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7a **  
78 King Kong 6b+ * 6
79 Indio Jumeli 6c * 4
80 El Recodo
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6a+ * 10
81 Six Vicious 6b+ * 7
82 Tu mismo
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7a+ * 2
83 Sietebe del plumero 7b+ * 3
84 Miss dedos 6c+ * 3
85 Cachito
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6c 2
86 Nachito
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6b 2
87 Iriquieza
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7c+ ** 6
88 Iriquieza (P1)
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7b+ *** 2
89 Hari-kiri
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8c+ ***  
90 Bon Voyage 6c *** 10
91 Lluvias otoñales 5c * 3
92 Epi y blas
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5c * 21
93 La musa chica
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6c * 8
94 Rasta de posta 6b+ * 7
95 Come unas 6a+ * 14
96 Bob Marley
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7c ** 2
97 Los capitalistas
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7c+  
98 Rovicunda 6b * 16
99 Haale Bop 6a+ * 6
100 Maestro Golpeador
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6b 1
  Sector Zeppelin
102 Zeppelin 6c+ *** 97
103 Mar de Venus
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8c  
104 Shaka zulu
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8b *** 1
105 Perspectiva neiwski
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8b+ *  
106 Gresca gitana
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8a+ **  
107 Camino del Rey 2 *** 314
108 Calvon
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7c 1
109 Camino del Rey VF1A 35
110 Apache L1 6b * 2
111 Cheroki 9a  
112 Jabega izquierda 8b+ ***  
113 Polva de Angel 8b+ **  
114 Espolón Masai * 6a *** 4
115 Cuatro Estaciones * 7b  
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