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ba_mike


Apr 10, 2006, 7:21 PM
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a few questions about el chorro  (Europe: Spain: Andaluc_a: El_Chorro)
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for anyone who has been there or will be there next week.

First, anybody who is looking for a partner or wouldnt mind adding another to their party from 4/15 to 4/20, please PM me.

Otherwise, if anyone can answer any or all of these questions Id really appreciate the help.

What is the normal pitch length on the longer routes (ie, normally a half rope or full length?)

What's the normal method of descent? Are most longer routes walk-offs, or do they involve rappels? If so, is one rope sufficient for most raps, or should I bring two?

I've heard the grading is a little stiff, is this true?

Is any gear (ie, nuts cams) needed, or is everything bloted? If it is bolted, how run out can I expect everything to be?

Thanks for any and all replies... I know a lot of this info should be in the guidebook, mine's on the way but may not get to me before I leave....thanks again


ddriver


Apr 11, 2006, 4:36 PM
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I climbed there briefly several years ago so my memory is poor. Routes on the front wall were all rapped. I suspect we used double ropes on most of the multi-pitch routes we did there, definitely remember a couple long rappels. I don't recall using much gear, but I think there were some cool mixed bolt/gear routes. Its probably worth taking a small rack if you're interested in the 3-4 pitch routes. There were also some easier sport routes on the wall in town. If you walk into the gorge most of the routes are steep sport climbs, there I remember a handfull of hard-to-get-to routes across the way from the train tracks as well. Look at RockFax's website.


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