Altitude 297m a.s.l
Natalie Berry catching the late afternoon sun on the north-facing walls of S'estret. The route is Octopussy (7a). © Alan James
S'estret is an area of easily accessed crags, located just to the south of the beautiful village of Valldemossa. The various walls offer different attractions for climbers: a series of pleasantly-situated west-facing walls overlooking the road in the valley bottom; an old abandoned quarry that has some exceptional hard routes; and some more recently developed walls of eye-catching white limestone. Sector Cuarentón has a good set of routes spread across three separate walls, including some excellent easier-grade slab routes. Above these are some good longer pitches on Sector Pasión. The steep Sector Mejicano gives some ultra-hard pitches that are well worth seeking out when it is hot or wet. The four new sectors to the right of the quarry are excellent additions with lots of high-quality lines in the mid grades.
Take the Ma-1130 from Palma towards Valldemossa. If approaching from the northeast, you can cut across from the motorway via Palmañola to pick up the Ma-1130 at s'Eglieieta. After 4km, just past the 14km post on the roadside, pull into a lay-by on the left, next to a bridge over a dry river bed. This lay-by is 3km before Valldemossa.
Sector Cuarentón - From the parking, cross the road and find a path at the upstream end of the crash barrier. Follow the path and after 100m, drop down some tiled steps and continue along the path to just before the second pylon. The sectors begin near this point - see the detailed description with the sectors.
Sector Cabra Zombi - Walk into the woods and, just before the old gate, head up left to the crag.
Sector Mejicano and new sectors - From the parking, follow a track through the trees. The boulders are on the left after 250m. For Sector Mejicano break off left up the hill, after passing the boulders.
For Sectors Raska y Gana, All Right, Xurasco and Conguito continue walking through the trees and break up leftwards to the white walls.
|3/12/16 - Got to the crag and walked a few meters up the track to be met by a guy carrying a rifle saying it was his private land and there is no access allowed.
robgixer - 04/Dec/16
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