Albarracin Access Issues

© Richie Patterson / Wild Country

Bouldering at Albarracin  © Richie Patterson / Wild Country
Bouldering at Albarracin
© Richie Patterson / Wild Country

The sandstone bouldering area of Albarracin in Spain is becoming a victim of its own success and of bad behaviour from climbers.

Toilet paper and human waste at the crag in Spain. NO NEED!  © Jack Geldard / UKC
Toilet paper and human waste at the crag in Spain. NO NEED!
© Jack Geldard / UKC
Oscar Navarro, from the Asociacion Escalada Sostenible Albarracín, has issued a statement which he hopes will help climbers adhere to certain rules when visiting the area.

Access problems have increased recently in this delicate area as its popularity has increased. The site is home to a large amount of wildlife and also some important cave paintings and good behaviour from climbers is essential to keep this superb bouldering area open.


  • It's forbidden to climb at Soly y Masia.

  • Tick marks – these are a big no no and causing problems – if you need to mark a hold please use a strip of tape then simply tear it off and take it away.

  • Chalk: please, please, please, minimise use.

  • It's forbidden to climb on boulders within 30m of the tarmaced road between Albarracin and Donarque and also forbidden to climb within 30m of any site with paintings.

  • It's totally forbidden to have dogs off the lead.

  • As ever, please bury all human waste and ship out any paper/tissues and sanitary products.

  • In any parking area with a roof/shade you must park under the roof – if your vehicle doesn't fit under the roof please park in the main car park or in El Cabrerizo.

  • It's just about okay to spend the night in the parking area in vehicles (no tents or camping) but only if all signs of overnight stays are gone in the morning.

  • Please stick to recognised paths.

  • No climbing after dark or before sunrise.

  • Don't make fires – it's a big dry pine forest.

  • Smokers, take out your butts.

&copy Paul Phillips / UKC  © Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH
© Paul Phillips / UKC

“If you are going to go to Albarracin please remember the old adage 'not ours but ours to look after' and remember that only a sensible and sustainable approach will help to stave off problems whether at home or abroad.”

More information (in Spanish) at:


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Albarracin, SPAIN

Climbs ? – Rocktype Sandstone (soft) – Altitude 1141m – Faces all

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2 Dec, 2010
Interesting that if you look at the photos at the bottom of the link every one of them has chalk all over the problems, and many have tick marks...
2 Dec, 2010
I have been there twice now, and have noticed toilet paper and crap on the side of paths, never mind hiden or coverd with soil, it is disrespectful to both the place and thoes who pass through it!! Also finger tape is left at boulder after boulder, along with tag marks, not joking, I saw a huge hole hold under a roof, it had 12 tag lines around it, I could have fit my head inside the bloody thing!!
2 Dec, 2010
Also interesting that (unless I am mistaken) UKC recently ran a News article about people doing problems on banned boulders.
2 Dec, 2010
please link to the news item
2 Dec, 2010
The Dyno one, Mick. I seem to recall one of the problems is on a banned boulder- but I may be wrong, in which case I apologise
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