LA PANOCHA


Behind the typical bustling city of Murcia is a long range of hills. The high point is the rocky ridge of the Cresta del Gallo and at one end of this is the impressive tower of La Panocha, which translates appropriately as the Corncob. This is the best climbing venue in the immediate area, and a popular place at weekends with people escaping the city for a bit of cragging, hence it can get busy but during the week you are likely to have the place to yourself. The area has a full spread of grades, with many fine face-routes and a number of mini-summits to bag. Most of the routes are single pitch, though the biggest of these are almost 30m long. The routes have been popular for generations and many are very polished nowadays.

Routes

1 boulder problem (6c)
94 winter routes (3+...7c)
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
Northwest Face
The main feature is the tall tower of La Panocha, standing in front of the main ridge, it has...
13
Sport
Evening sun
Uphill

5 mins

Sector Lennon
Across the gully is the slabby Sector Lennon, originally developed back in the 1980s, just after...
12
Sport
Evening sun
Uphill

5 mins

South Face
The most popular section of the cliff has a bunch of good face routes, all of which are a bit...
21
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

8 mins

Sector Blanco
The steep wall opposite the slabbier South Face of La Panocha is split on its left-hand side by a...
9
Sport
No sun
Uphill

8 mins

Sector Caseta - Lower
Sector Caseta is the large tower opposite La Panocha, with a fine viewpoint on its summit. It has...
7
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

Sector Quijar
This sector consists of the two walls of the gully that is used to access the Pasaje Lunar, just...
8
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

8 mins

Sector Caseta - Upper
The Upper section of Sector Caseta has a small slab with four routes on it.
10
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

Paisaje Lunar
Over the col from Sector Caseta is a different world, often sheltered from westerly winds and...
15
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

10 mins

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