FORADÀ


A remote and varied crag with some magnificent climbing on either side of a dinosaur-back fin of rock. Pride of place has to be Sector Super Heroes; a steep shady wall of soaring, overhanging walls and pocket-lines and a must for people into steep grade 7s and 8s. The rest of the shady north-facing side is less imposing but still offers some quality challenges in the mid-grades. For easier stuff you need to head round to the slabby southern side; a totally different proposition with routes at a much friendlier angle and in a beautiful sunny setting, with magnificent views. The majority of the climbs are well bolted. A 70m rope is useful for Sectors Super Heroes and Elecciones.
Approach
Take the A-31 towards Madrid as far as the junction to 'Petrer, Elda, centro commercial' - large Carrefour supermarket. At this slightly complex junction on the slip road, turn back right following signs for 'Xorret de Cati' - a rather fine hotel up in the mountains. Follow the road and signs for around 10km to an unsigned junction on the right where there is a clear view of the crag over to the south. Turn down here (still surfaced) to a right turn onto an unsurfaced road by a small stone gate post. (This track can be very hard going after rain). Follow the track to a sharp turn left where there is parking for a chapel, hidden in the trees up ahead. Continue to car parking at a col from where the crag is clearly visible. To get to the North Face and Villanos, the easiest way is to take the footpath branching right off the main approach track at the car park (marked by a Xorret del Cati "climbing this way" sign). This can be followed past Sector Villanos to a flat open area where the path splits. To get to the South Face, continue on the main track as it drops down underneath the fin. See buttresses for approach from here.

Routes

4 winter routes (6b+...7b)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Sector Villanos
This small sector has several short routes which are quite tough for their grades. They are worth a...
9
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Parking
A tiny sector right under the car park.
2
Sport
Lots of sun!
Roadside

10 mins

Sector Comic
The lower left end of the North Face of Foradà has a short walls that is always in the shade.
12
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Pajaritos
A slabby wall that is always in the shade.
9
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Super Heroes
For those who are up to it this is the best sector at Foradà, in fact one of the best in the whole...
26
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Elecciones
The wall right of the diagonal slit is almost as impressive as Sector Super Heroes. It is made up...
20
Sport
No sun
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Television
At the highest point of the Foradà ridge, the routes on the North Face become a bit more sporadic....
14
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Psiquiatrico
About 80m down the hill, from the Sector Television, is a short wall with two steep routes on it.
2
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Minipimer
At the very bottom of the ridge is a short wall that gets the evening sun.
3
Sport
No sun
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Cuentos Populares
This is the left-hand (looking at the North Face) of the two pinnacles in front of its right-hand...
7
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Sector Mitològic
The sunny south face has some pleasant slab climbing and superb views. On the left is a buttress...
6
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Sectors Petorri and Descote
The sunny south face has some nice slab climbing and great views. The routes here are at a lot...
22
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Sector Forat
The lower section of the South Face has two developed areas; the left-hand one has some routes...
12
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Sector Goteta
A good clean slab down to the right, below a large curving roof. All the routes here are...
8
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
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