VALL DE GUADAR (ECHO VALLEY)


The Echo Valley is one of the more impressive mountainous limestone regions in the Costa Blanca. Compared to many of the other crags in the Costa Blanca it is relatively unspolit and quiet which makes it a great venue for those who are after a bit of solitude far from the madding crowds. The appearance of the route information in this book, coupled with the improved access roads, is likely to make it a much more popular destination in future. Please try and keep it as unspolit as possible, keep to the paths, take your litter home and respect the local flora and fauna. Much of the climbing traditional requiring hand-placed gear for virtually all of the routes. Many of the harder routes have been climbed using the Environmental Nut Placement system, or ENP. These devices are fixed into drilled holes in the rock and are designed to accept certain wire nuts which are placed in much the same way as you place a nut in a crack. This means that the routes retain their traditional character whilst allowing blank areas of rock to be relatively well-protected for the lead climber

Routes

1 trad route (8a)
174 sport routes (3...8a)
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
Aran de Batistot
This fine face has some great routes for the climber in search of something a bit more adventurous....
42
Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

5 mins

Placa Inmaculada
The final section of Aran de Batistot is a dome-shaped wall of perfect light grey rock right of a...
15
Trad and Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

Echo 1.5
Two small pieces of excellent quality rock with a great set of lower-grade routes. These were...
21
Sport
Morning sun
Up and down

2 mins

sheltered
El Castellet
El Castellet is the huge diamond-shaped wall which offers a mixture of trad and sport routes. The...
54
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

5 mins

Paret del Castellet - The Bay
The left-hand side of the main bulk of Paret del Castellet takes the form of a wide depression...
7
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Paret del Castellet
This impressive dome-shaped cliff dominates the lower end of the valley. It is clearly visible from...
14
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Paret de la Bassa
Situated down the hill from the imposing towers of Paret del Castellet and Aran de Batistot is a...
13
Sport
Morning sun
Uphill

10 mins

Echo Crag X
A small buttress with a few interesting offerings. It is accessible, faces south and dries quickly.
10
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

4 mins

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