Altitude 486m a.s.l
Mark Glaister on Siete (6b) at Túron East Face © Alan James
The massive slabby limestone sheets of Túron are some of the region's most distinctive formations and home to many superb climbs in the lower and middle grades. The crag is only a short drive away from El Chorro, close to the picturesque Andalucían village of Ardales. The environment is in complete contrast to El Chorro being more open, rural and tranquil. The east-facing aspect of the main Tajos de la Laja section of Túron is dominated by a huge sweep of slabs which are the main attraction for those seeking something away from the more strenuous offerings of the area. Either side of the slabs are steeper walls that also possess some excellent climbs. These are slightly tougher, although those not keen on slabs may disagree! On the other side of the fin, the superb smaller Cara Oeste provides a handful of very good climbs which receive the sun once it moves from the slab.
The slabs and walls of the Tajos de la Laja receive sun from early morning until mid-afternoon. Cara Oeste gets sun from mid-afternoon onwards. Túron is not the place to be in rain or wind as there is little in the way of shelter or overhanging rock.
From El Chorro, cross the dam, turn right and drive up the road for about 5km to a T-junction. Turn left here and continue about another 5km to Ardales. Drive towards the village and follow signs to 'El Burgo'. Follow the road and the crag is easily viewed on the right after 6km. Drive past the crags and take the second track on the right (the first track has two entrances close together - take care NOT to go down this private track). Follow the track until it drops down to a small bridge over a stream and park on the left before the bridge.
Walk over the bridge towards the farm and then walk right along the side of the first large farm building, passing through makeshift gates, until a track leads to a metal ruin. The crag is easily gained from here via various paths. The access through the farm may change but the farmer is very friendly.
Do not park beyond the small bridge or block the access track - this is the track to the farm and is used by large vehicles. If the parking is full, park up on the main road and walk down the track.
|Roads all clear..
wolf.leeb - 21/Sep/13
|Great slab climbing in a really tranquil place. Note that if travelling on to or planning to come through El Burgo, the road from Ardales is closed at El Burgo. There is a concrete wall across the road, presumably because the bridge over the river into the village is unsafe. (30/01/12)
rockcat - 30/Jan/12
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