Sport climbing trips to world class El Chorro, Andalusia, Spain.
Perfect conditions for climbing from autumn, through winter, until the end of spring and with convenient flights into Malaga this a real option, even for a long weekend!
World class sport climbing
Reliable weather systems, easy access, amazing rock climbing and great food. Escape the indoor wall and seek out hot rock in the south of Spain.
What we offer…
The same amazing experience as on our UK courses, just in Spain, so better tapas and (probably) even more sunshine!
- Professional, fun instructors and coaches with you for the whole trip.
- We’ll take you to the ideal venue each day for a varied trip on the best climbs.
- Personalised and progressive teaching (if that’s what you want).
- Airport pick up and drop off if you don’t want to hire a car.
- Technical kit, ropes, harnesses and helmets can be provided. You’ll just need a good pair of climbing shoes.
Aims for the trip
The focus is always tailored to your requirements but can cover…
- Simply enjoy getting loads of climbing done with our experienced and fun instructors
- An introduction to sport climbing
- Indoor climber to outdoor transition
- The road to being a safe and independent outdoor climber
- Pushing your grade in a structured and progressive way
There are crags here that cater to the full range of climbing abilities from grade 4 up. They tend to be easy access with most approaches taking about 5 – 30 minutes. From our accommodation, the closest crags are 5 minutes walk away. It feels great to roll out of bed and straight onto world class limestone, wearing a t-shirt, in winter. Winner.
If your aim is to be leading ‘trad routes’ in the UK this is a great place to go. A solid foundation of climbing technique will result in a far more stylish, controlled and ultimately faster progression when it comes to learning to trad climb in the UK.
Considerate bolting (not too far apart) makes for a perfect introduction to leading. Or for the more experienced it allows the comfort and mind space to concentrate on movement and improving technique. A broad range of grades and styles allows you to develop your climbing in a targeted way.
How your course will run
The courses start from four days in length, a long weekend. We can happily add extra days, for up to 7 days of instruction (plus a rest day after the first 4).
We normally meet the evening before the first day of climbing at the accommodation. Over a drink we’ll discuss the plan for the coming days and find out more about you, what climbing you’ve done and what you’re hoping to get from the trip.
In the morning we’ll aim to get walking to the crag by 9:15 but you’re on holiday so timings are flexible. The days climbing will last roughly 5 hours, which is a lot. On hot days it might be worth splitting the day, in true Spanish style with a siesta, to avoid the midday heat.
Each evening we’ll discuss the day and make sure everyone is happy with the plan. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to build on skills and techniques most appropriate for your level.
It’s all about sport climbing here, single pitch and multipitch, across the grades. This kind of climbing lends itself perfectly to a focus on improving efficient and safe movement skills on the rock. You are free from the challenges of placing traditional protection and can just enjoy the climbing.
There are massive climbing benefits to be gained from a focused sport climbing trip.
Accommodation and food
Our recommended place to stay has;
- en-suite private rooms (from 35 euros/night)
- bunkhouse beds (from 14 euros/night)
- camping in the olive grove (from 9 euros/night) and you can even borrow a tent
Everyday they put on a full breakfast and dinner or there is a campers kitchen for making your own gourmet delights.
Book directly with The Olive Branch and let them know you’re coming with us!
Well priced Tapas is easily found in the local towns, as is cold beer, after a days climbing there isn’t much that could be better!
You are also free to find your own place to stay in or nearby El Chorro there are heaps of good options about.
We can pick you up at Malaga airport or from the train station at El Chorro or Álora. If you hire your own car we can meet at the accommodation the night before your course starts. Easy.
Booking flights? Make sure the booking with us is confirmed before you pay for flights!
Booking your trip
Any dates you choose or book onto a date below.
Click on the ‘public course dates tab’ and choose dates that works for you. We find that four days is a great length of time to get a heaps done and see real progress with your climbing.
You’re welcome to come for up to seven days or book a shorter trip, just get in touch and ask. Of course you’re welcome to stay after the course to explore the area or put what you’ve learnt into practice. Fill in the ‘Private booking’ tab and we’ll get you booked in that way.
For larger groups just get in touch, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.