Climbs 20
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 240m a.s.l
Faces W

Bridged rest? No chance! © Andy Moles

Crag features

Tucked away just out of sight of those travelling along most of the footpaths in the Gorge is El Polvorin, one of El Chorro's premier cliffs. El Polvorin (the gunpowder magazine) is named after the small hut on its flank that presumably housed the explosives used to excavate the railway tunnels, however the routes on the crag itself have more of slowburn rather than explosive character about them. Indeed, for those looking for sustained mid-grade wall pitches, there are few places with such quality climbs as those on offer here.

Approach notes

The approach to El Polvorin is a little complicated when you avoid using the tunnels. Follow the Walkway approach. Once through The Gorge, continue along the Walkway until a path leads down to the orange groves and river. Cross the river and scramble steeply up a ramp to a viewpoint below the wall. Alternatively, take an easier but slightly longer path on the left, up to the railway line and then head back to the cliff on a good path that leads quickly to a viewpoint that overlooks the crag. This path splits and the upper path goes to the small hut and the lower to the viewpoint. From the viewpoint an exposed scramble gains the base of the crag.


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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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 El gordo ya no come guarro 5c 6
2 Pedro el grande 6a 9
3 Alerta roja 6b+ ** 11
4 Sueño de Venus 6a+ *** 120
5 Sueno de Venus variacion 6b ** 10
6 Pilier dorada 6c+ *** 73
Climb name Grade
7 Generación spontanea 6c *** 64
8 Revuelta en el frenopático 6c+ ** 21
9 Habitos de un perturbado irrerdiable 6c *** 40
10 La pregiera tonta 6c *** 16
11 Games moya 6a+ * 27
12 Obsession permanente 6c *** 4
Climb name Grade
13 Araña mecánica 6b+ * 4
14 Nirvana 6b+ ** 10
15 Urbi et orbe 7a 3
16 Los cocodrilos no lloran 7a+ * 4
17 Rono y extraploma 6c ** 1
18 Paco Eugene 6a *** 21

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